IAADFS cancels Summit of the Americas due to coronavirus

The International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) has cancelled its Summit of the Americas show “after careful consideration” due to “mounting concern” regarding the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. The Duty Free and Travel Retail Summit of the Americas was launched in 2018, the result of a merger of the flagship events hosted by the IAADFS and the Asociación Sudamericana de Tiendas Libres (Asutil). This year’s Summit of the Americas had been due to…

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Coronavirus ‘great concern’ for travel retail

The Tax Free World Association (TFWA) said the coronavirus outbreak has had a “serious negative” impact on the travel retail industry but that it was working closely with members to offer support “at a time of great concern”. Though the TFWA said it remains “hopeful that the situation will soon stabilise and gradually improve”, it acknowledged the “widespread concern” within the duty free and travel retail sector as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. To…

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Macallan Folio 5 extends travel retail availability

Edrington has made the most recent single malt from The Macallan Archival Series available to travellers passing through London Heathrow, Dubai and Taiwan Taoyuan airports. The Macallan Archival Series Folio 5 has been bottled at 43% ABV and priced at RRP £250 (US$350). It is available from The Macallan Boutiques. The fifth release in the series depicts a former advert featuring the tale of ‘Luggy Bonnet’, accompanied by the words “keep this knot firmly tied”.…

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Lagardère appoints Germany CEO

Travel retail operator Lagardère has named Jochen Halfmann as chief executive officer (CEO) in Germany. In his position as CEO for Germany, Halfmann will be responsible for leading the growth and development of Lagardère Travel Retail in Germany. He will take on the role with immediate effect. Frédéric Chevalier, regional chief operating officer, EMEA at Lagardère, said: “We are delighted to have Jochen joining our team in Germany and are looking forward to benefiting from…

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Grey Goose city-inspired gift tins are GTR-exclusive

Bacardi-owned vodka brand Grey Goose has launched a series of city-inspired gift tins available exclusively in global travel retail. Launching initially at airports in Paris before rolling out across other regions, the series features gift tins designed to honour Paris, London, Mumbai, Sydney, Dubai, Singapore and New York. Vinay Golikeri, managing director of Bacardi Global Travel Retail, said: “Whether it’s somewhere you’ve just visited or a destination that’s top of your bucket list, or perhaps…

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