Hervé Ducros joins APTRA Board for Chanel as Fabrice Hochet relocates

By Charlotte Turner |

L to R: Sunil Tuli, APTRA President and Herve Ducros, Chanel GTR President.

L-to-R: Sunil Tuli, APTRA President and Hervé Ducros, Chanel GTR Director.

Hervé Ducros, Global Travel Retail Director for Chanel, has been appointed a board member of Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA), following his colleague Fabrice Hochet’s relocating to Europe.


Sunil Tuli, President of APTRA said: “Chanel is an important voice on the APTRA board, providing unrivalled experience and insight in fragrance and beauty, together with luxury fashion and accessories.


“Hervé’s knowledge of both Asia Pacific and his global perspective of industry dynamics will be extremely valuable to the association.  On behalf of the APTRA board I would like to thank Fabrice for giving his time and valuable contribution over the past couple of years and to wish him and his family well as they relocate to Europe.”


Ducros (pictured above right) added: “It is a great pleasure to join the board of APTRA to represent the Fragrance and Beauty category.


“I would like to thank Sunil Tuli and the APTRA board members for their trust. They can be assured of my personal commitment and active participation to serve the Association in its capacity to influence the Travel Retail industry in Asia Pacific and contribute to business recovery.”



As reported, last week the APTRA Exchange returned, live in person, to Singapore during TFWA Asia Pacific Live, hosting a two-hour insight-driven programme including a presentation from Forward Keys with the latest traveller statistics both globally and for Asia Pacific.


Alexander de Nerée tot Babberich, Global Account Manager Airlines, Heineken Global Duty Free highlighted the companies recent CSR achievements and ambitions.

Alexander de Nerée tot Babberich, Global Account Manager Airlines, Heineken Global Duty Free highlighted the companies recent CSR achievements and ambitions.


During a session expertly moderated by TRBusiness Managing Editor, e-zine, Luke Barras-Hill, panellists discussed the need for all travel retail stakeholders to ‘put their hands in their pockets’ to create more sustainable and environmentally-friendly travel retail environments, as conscious consumerism reaches an all-time high.


The list of speakers comprised 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.



Despite uneven recovery in Asia Pacific sub-regions to date, data for Q2 recovery shows positive acceleration. For example, India is close to reaching pre-pandemic levels with current bookings for Q2 being only 13% behind 2019, while arrivals in Q1 were 59% behind.


Travel to Southeast Asia and Oceania in Q2 registered a double-digit recovery when compared to Q1’s performance. The Philippines, Singapore and Fiji are recovering faster than any other major destination in the region. South Korea is outperforming in North East Asia as it reopened to international travellers from 1 April.


This was followed by a lively panel addressing changing dynamics in the wines and spirits category including consumer trends in emerging categories such as craft and local brands and the rise of omnichannel shopping preferences, with discussion on managing supply chain challenges and the growing need to act sustainably on shipments.

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