Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 8

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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. Wine will generously be provided by WEBB Banks.

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


The lead story in this week’s Travel Markets Insider celebrates the grand opening of the spectacular Appleton Estate Rum boutique in Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The boutique, prominently located near the entrance of the Dufry walk-through store, is Campari’s largest ever investment in global travel retail, and blends physical and digital elements to create a true omni-channel experience. Michael Pasternak reports. Pages 1 & 3. 

Visitor pre-registration now open for TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference

Online Registration for the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference being held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore from May 7-11 will be open until April 5, at this link. For information about the exhibitors, click here.

Singapore Airlines will provide preferential airfares via the use of special code: TFWA2023. Please click here.


TMI continues to focus on the Caribbean, where tourism showed strong recovery in 2022.

Delivering the region’s 2022 “Tourism Performance and Outlook Report” in Bridgetown on Tuesday, Neil Walters, Acting Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), confirmed that the Caribbean had one of the quickest recovery rates globally in 2022, with 28.3 million registered tourist visits in 2022, reaching nearly 90% of the visitors who arrived in 2019. See full details on page 2.


Six airports have grown by more than 20% in seat capacity since 2019, reports aviation data company Cirium in its “on the fly” report. Cancun, Miami and Cairo top the list. See which other airports fill out the leading positons on page 3.  

The contested JetBlue-Spirit merger has run into another hurdle as the U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit this week to block the deal.

Page 3.

Marshall Airport Group opens ten new concepts at Kansas City International Airport. Page 4. 


ELC named to Bloomberg’s Gender – Equality Index for 6th consecutive year.

Page 4.

Bacardi has promoted Stephanie Macleod – the reigning IWC “Master Blender of the Year” who has held the title for the past four years –to a new role to drive premiumization of its whisky business. Page 4

Marcolin presents 2023 Travel Retail sunglasses collection for Guess. Page 5.

Nestlé unveils new Smarties Cool Creature travel retail exclusive that showcases sustainable messages and nurtures an appreciation of the undersea world. Page 5.

Christine Martin has launched a new awards program called TR Go for Gold.

See details on page 5.