Travel Retail Headhunters

Travel Retail is commonly used to describe the duty free retail industry, in addition to all retail activities dedicated to travelers and tourists.

Serving international markets in Travel Retail and Duty Free

The travel retail industry touches every country on the globe and therefore we utilize a network that can services each market appropriately:

In NYC and New Jersey: Our travel retail recruiters have developed a deep network and expertise in the New York City area and surroundings.

In Miami: As a gateway to the Caribbean and Latin/South American markets, Miami is particularly important to the travel retail trade and therefore we maintain a strong network of recruiters in the area. Whether you need a single sales rep or an entire office staffed, our Miami recruiters can assist.

Our Travel Retail Industry Recruitment Services

Retained Executive Search

A Bespoke Approach with Exhaustive Search and In-Depth Assessment

  • Completely customized to your needs
  • In-depth assessments by our team saves you time
  • Utilize a set of custom criteria to narrow your candidate pool

Great choice if you want a completely customized option, and have high level strategic positions to fill.

Professional Search

A Wide Selection Of Vetted Candidates Selected Using Our Time-Tested Process

  • Combines custom criteria with our full database of qualified candidates
  • Efficient, personalized and tailored to your needs
  • Allows you to conduct a search without advertising

A good choice for most executive search needs.

Contingency Search*

A Cost-Effective Way to Reach a Qualified Talent Pool Quickly and Efficiently

(Only available to long term clients and for specific job openings)

  • Quickly reach out to our large and qualified network of candidates and followers
  • Take a more active role in evaluating and vetting candidates

* This option is only available for long term clients and for very specific opportunities.

Travel Retail Industry Testimonials

Forbes Top 100 Executive Search Firm in 2021

ACCUR Recruiting Services was just named a Top 100 Executive Search Firm 2021 by Forbes Magazine for the 4th consecutive year!

Recruiting for Private Equity’s Travel Retail Portfolio Companies

At ACCUR Recruiting Services, we also have a strong experience recruiting C-suite executives for Private Equity Firms having portfolio companies in the Travel Retail industry. We understand the specific level of expectations in terms of growth, exit strategies and financial reporting. Often positioned on fast growing and sometimes emerging brands, PE-backed companies require senior executives bringing best practices, usually coming from large and Fortune 500 companies, but often benefit from equity driven professionals with previous successful experience in entrepreneurial environments.


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Travel Retail Recruitment Market

Travel Retail Distribution Channels

  • The Airport stores (before of after security, duty free or not)
  • The Cruise Ships business (stores on board or at the port, such as in many Caribbean Islands, where the #1 source of income is retail to cruise ship passengers)
  • The Inflight Sales (based on the catalogs you can find on board with most airlines)
  • The Border Stores

Geographic Reach

Travel Retail is a very global industry with several important regional hubs, where headquarters or large subsidiaries are gathered to manage several countries or entire continents. The Regions are usually divided this way:

  • Europe, with hubs in London (mostly for Wines & Spirits), in Paris (mostly for Beauty and Luxury Goods) or Geneva.
  • Middle East, with one almost exclusive hub in Dubai
  • Asia – Pacific (APAC), with 2 main hubs in Hong-Kong (mostly for Northern Asia, including China) and Singapore (mostly for South Eastern Asia, including Oceania)
  • Americas (North AmericaCaribbeanLatin America), with main hubs in Miami and Panama, or sometimes Mexico and Sao Paulo for a more precise focus on Latin and South America

(Europe and Middle East are often managed by one office or team, which usually includes Africa under the acronym of EMEA for Europe-Middle-East-Africa)

Categories of Products

The categories of products distributed in Travel Retail and Duty Free are the following:

  • Alcohol (Wines, Spirits, Liquors and Beers), usually in the top-2 categories depending of the region. Key players: Diageo, Pernod Ricard, Bacardi, Moet Hennessy, Remy Cointreau, Brown Forman, Beam Suntory, Heineken.
  • Beauty (fragrances, skincare, make up), also usually in the top-2 categories. Key Players: L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Coty, Dior (LVMH), Chanel, Shiseido / Beauty Prestige International, Puig
  • Luxury Goods and Fashion: Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Cartier, Chanel, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bally, Coach, Furla, Hugo Boss, Longchamp
  • Tobacco (cigarette and cigars): PMI (Philip Morris International), JTI (Japan Tobacco International), BAT (British American Tobacco), Imperial Tobacco/CommonWealth/Altadis.
  • Confectionery & Food: Mars, Nestle, Ferrero, Godiva, Hershey’s, Lindt & Sprungli, Mondelez.
  • WatchesJewelryEyewear & Accessories: Tag Heuer, Luxottica, Safilo, Tumi, Montblanc, Swarovski.

More About Our Travel Retail Industry Focus


Luxury Goods
Food & beverage
Watches & Jewelry


Gerb. Heinemann
World Duty Free Group
Duty Free America


Companies that buy from suppliers and sell to operators on regions or channels decided with suppliers, who decide not to deal directly with operators


Companies or individuals paid on commissions to sell suppliers products to operators/retailers

CEO, CFO and other C-level
VP of Sales / Sales Director
VP of Marketing / Marketing Director
Regional Director / Area Director
Brand Director / Brand Manager
Regional Sales Manager
Key Account Manager
Marketing Manager
Head of Retail / VP of Retail
Retail Operations Director
Regional Manager
District Manager
Store Director
Boutique Director
Store Manager
Merchandise Managers
Travel Retail Operators

For Candidates In The Travel Retail Industry

JOB SEEKERS CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: For candidates who are looking for their next career opportunities in Travel Retail, they can use ACCUR Recruiting Services as a great job search resource and one of the top employment agencies. ACCUR’s job openings are often confidential and not listed on any job boards.

We are committed to provide top career opportunities with some of the best employers on the market. If you wish to be considered for any of our Travel Retail industry job opportunities, please submit your resume and search for our latest jobs. We are not your usual staffing agency. We connect you with some of the industry leaders for great permanent positions.

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