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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

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The traditional Habanos dinner is always one of the highlights of Cannes. And this year Export Director Manuel Garcia put together a typically warm and friendly evening, with a never-ending supply of fine Habanos.

Remarkably, in an era where the pleasure of cigar smoking is increasingly endangered by the anti-smoking environment, the Cuban house continues to drive double-digit growth in a travel retail channel that represents an impressive 23% of sales by value.

The company continues to show its commitment to the channel with at least one dedicated travel retail exclusive every year.

Many of the industry’s most senior executives were on hand last night to celebrate Habanos’ success. Pictured above are Sunrise Duty Free’s Fred Kiang, Claus Heinemann of Gebr Heinemann and Ico Smid of Schiphol Group’s retail division.

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