Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 7

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Women in Travel Retail (WiTR)

All women attending the Summit of the Americas are invited to join us for an informal networking gathering on Sunday, April 16, at 5:00 p.m. prior to the official opening cocktail.

While we will not be holding the traditional charity raffle this year, please come and take the opportunity to meet some of the fantastic people who make up the travel retail industry in the Americas.

The exact venue will be announced shortly. Please RSVP to me, Lois Pasternak, at

Now to the News.


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey broke ground on a new 1.2 million-square-foot Terminal 6 at J.F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, kicking off the final piece of the $18 billion JFK Vision Plan that is transforming the airport into a 21st century global gateway.

The Terminal 6 project is just one part of the Port Authority’s overall $30 billion commitment to transforming and modernizing all three NY-NJ metropolitan airports.  

See full story on page 1.


HAWAII. Hawaii’s visitor numbers in January reached more than 96% of January arrivals in 2019, reported the Hawaii Tourism Authority, although most of the recovery is still driven by U.S. mainland visitation. International tourism is rebounding, however – and visitor spending is up compared to the benchmark 2019 figures. See more details on page 1.

IATA: 2022 ends on a strong note for the global air passenger industry, but still lags behind 2019 levels. Page 2.

ForwardKeys: Business travel is showing some resilience, and data reflects consumer preferences for more premium options – which could be good for travel retail. Page 2. 


Seatrade Cruise has released a fascinating Cruise Food & Beverage Trends report that forecasts six leading cruise lines will account for more than $2 billion in F&B annually by 2026. The report also looks at challenges and top trends, among other topics.

The Trends Report was published in advance of the inaugural edition of F&B@Sea, a two-day event taking place March 28-29, alongside the Seatrade Cruise Global event taking place in Fort Lauderdale on March 27-30. See page 3 for more details and link to download a complimentary copy of the report.

Cruise retailer Harding+ introduced a range of “pre-loved” luxury handbags, accessories and jewelry within a dedicated accessories store onboard P & O Cruises new Arvia in December, and is now preparing to roll out the concept on 10 other ships for Carnival and Princess. Page 3.

Cruise shorts, page 4:

Port Canaveral overtakes Miami as busiest cruise port in the world

PortMiami is building the world’s largest shore power system

Carnival Cruise Line adds fourth ship to Galveston, offering longer cruises

HAL’s Natalya Leahy named new president of Seabourn

Hawaii’s January cruise ship numbers the best in nearly three years


Grey Goose Vodka sponsors Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with strong airport tie-in. Page 4

The Botanist Gin reveals first line extension with GTR exclusive The Botanist Hebridean Strength. Page 5

Monarq and Charleston Beverage Company sign distribution deal. Page 5

Gucci Beauty launches new era for its Gucci Guilty fragrances with celebrity campaign starring A$AP Rocky, Julia Garner and Elliot Page. Page 5