Hudson Group and Travel + Leisure Magazine Open First Travel + Leisure Store in Vancouver International Airport

American Express Publishing Flagship Title Becomes an Airport Brand

Jul 09, 2009, 17:42 ET from Hudson Group

NEW YORK, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Two powerhouse travel brands have combined to create an exciting new travel-themed retail store in airports. Leading travel magazine Travel + Leisure, published by American Express Publishing Corporation, and leading travel retailer Hudson Group, famous for its national newsstand brand Hudson News, have jointly launched a new travel retail concept called Travel + Leisure.

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Travel + Leisure stores will sell products aimed at enhancing the travel experience, such as luggage and travel accessories, along with convenient printed materials, such as local maps and travel guides, as well as current editions of Travel + Leisure magazine and its sister publication, Food & Wine.

Luggage brands will vary by location and include a selection of the following: Tumi, Samsonite, North Face, Burton, Crumpler, Eagle Creek, Jack Georges, Manhattan Portage, T-Tech, Timbuk2, and more.

The first store opened at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on June 18. Additional stores are opening soon in Halifax International Airport and JFK International Airport (Terminal 2). New Hudson retail Galleries in Sanford Orlando and San Francisco International Airports will feature Travel + Leisure stores-within-stores.

"The Travel + Leisure concept grew out of Hudson's relationship with the magazine publishing industry through our newsstand Hudson News, which sells millions of books and magazines each year," notes Hope Remoundos, EVP of Marketing for Hudson Group. "Hudson has successfully partnered with TV networks in the past, in our CNN Newsstand and CMT Loot stores. But this marks our first partnership with a magazine. We are delighted to take this step with such a strong market presence as American Express Publishing's Travel + Leisure brand."

About Hudson Group: Hudson Group is a duty-paid travel retailer, a wholly-owned subsidiary of international duty-free travel retailer Dufry AG (DUFN) of Basel, Switzerland. Hudson operates more than 500 newsstands, bookstores, cafes and premier specialty retail shops in 70 airports and transportation terminals in the United States and Canada. The combined Dufry/Hudson entity oversees over 1,000 stores in 41 countries and 137 airports and terminals.

SOURCE Hudson Group