APTRA Exchange to tackle AsPac’s ‘changing dynamics’ in Singapore

By Charlotte Turner |

APTRA can now reveal details of its APTRA Exchange ‘Changing Dynamics in Asia Pacific’, conference session, which will be held live in Singapore, on Tuesday 10 May 2022.


To be hosted during the TFWA Asia Pacific Live program, this will be the association’s first at-scale, in-person event in its home city state of Singapore for three years.


During the Exchange, Gordon Clark, Vice President, Business Development, Forward Keys will present ‘What’s on the horizon for the Travel Retail Sector – key learnings during a pandemic’, disclosing the latest air ticketing data, airport traveller volumes, shifts in consumer behaviour and a look at which APAC destination is rising from the ashes in 2022.


‘Changing Dynamics in Wine & Spirits’ will explore how new consumer trends create opportunities brands and retailers in drinks and beyond, the role of omnichannel and how global brands see travel retail.


The panel will feature Aude Bourdier, VP Managing Director, Global Travel Retail, Brown Forman; Luke Maga, Head of Europe & Global Travel Retail, Distell International; Barry Geoghegan, Founder & Commercial Director, Duty Free Global; and Steve Timms, CEO Lotte Duty Free, Oceania. This panel will be moderated by Kapila Ireland, Editor of DFNI.

The APTRA Exchange will take place on Tuesday 10 May at the Marina Bay Sands Expo centre in Singapore.

The APTRA Exchange will take place on Tuesday 10 May at the Marina Bay Sands Expo centre in Singapore.


With sustainability a key focus for APTRA’s research and advocacy work in 2022, the APTRA Exchange finishes with ‘Future proofing for a changing CSR landscape’. As reported, APTRA released its inaugural Sustainability Report, allowing members to educate themselves on key issues and regulations likely to impact future business in the region.


This panel discussion will consider the growing need for the trinity to address CSR requirements, eco-friendly fit outs as a key metric in successful tenders and business operations, the different dynamics of brands and retailers in this respect.


The panel will comprise of Alexander de Nerée tot Babberich, Global Account Manager Airlines, Heineken Global Duty Free; Chris Morris, Director & Partner, Concourse; Simon van Moppes, General Manager, North Asia Travel Retail Pernod Ricard and Sunil Tuli, Group Chief Executive Officer, King Power Group (Hong Kong) and President of APTRA. TRBusiness Managing Editor, e-zine Luke Barras-Hill, will moderate.


The APTRA Sustainability Report, which concentrates on core travel retail markets in Asia Pacific, was unveiled exclusively during the second annual Travel Retail Sustainability Week (19-22 April) as part of an address from APTRA Board Member and Aer Rianta International (ARI) Chief Operations and Business Development Officer Nuno Amaral. See the entire webinar session below.

Extending an invitation to delegates to attend the APTRA Exchange, Sunil Tuli, President of APTRA said. “We are excited to be back to meeting industry colleagues and friends again and we congratulate TFWA on bringing together around 600 delegates in person, in Singapore.


“As a globally dispersed industry, networking face to face is essential to creating business relationships. The APTRA Exchange builds on that opportunity with a session packed with insights and knowledge sharing on several of the key factors shaping the dynamics of travel retail, such as consumer trends, the growing significance of CSR in tenders, omnichannel and the value of travel retail as a brand-building channel.


“We are delighted to have a strong line-up of speakers and we are grateful for their contribution. Additionally we’d like to thank our sponsors Bacardi, Distell, Heineken, Lindt and Pernod Ricard for their valued support.”

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