Leading retailers commit to TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference

By Luke Barras-hill |

China Duty Free Group, Lotte Duty Free, Dufry Group, Shinsegae Duty Free and DFS Group are among a high-profile roster of retailers to have confirmed their attendance in Singapore.

A wave of influential travel retail operators will participate in this year’s TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference in Singapore, the association has confirmed.

China Duty Free Group, Lotte Duty Free, Dufry, Shinsegae Duty Free, DFS Group, NAA Retailing Corporation, Lagardère Travel Retail, Qatar Duty Free, Starboard Cruise Services, Delhi Duty Free, King Power, Gebr. Heinemann and 3Sixty Duty Free are among those to have confirmed attendance at the industry’s regional summit.

As reported, the event returns to the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore (7-11 May).

The traditional welcome cocktail kicks off proceedings on Sunday 7 May, with the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay acting as the venue this year.

On Monday 8 May, attendees are invited to the TFWA Asia Pacific Conference (09:00 – 13:00) that is set to feature a number of high-level speakers such as former Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo.

A conference lunch, sponsored by Mars, and networking session will follow (13:00 – 17:00), before the popular TFWA Asia Pacific Lounge officially opens (17:00 – 21:00) and also runs on Tuesday and Wednesday (18:00-21:00).

i.lab makes TFAP debut

Erik Juul-Mortensen, President, TFWA: “The importance of Asia Pacific to our industry cannot be understated; if you are undecided on whether to register, now is definitely the time to lock in your plans to go.” Source: TFWA.

Meanwhile, the TFWA ilab makes its inaugural appearance in Asia Pacific to run alongside the main exhibition and conference programme.

It will be located in a dedicated area on Level 1 of the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre and is supported by the Singapore Tourism Board.

Launched several years ago as an incubator for new ideas and digital tools to engage travelling consumers, ilab made a return to TFWA Cannes in a virtual (via TFWA 365) and physical guise at last year’s DF&TR global summit.

As is customary, TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference will present a variety of  educational, networking and business opportunities.

The TFWA ONE2ONE meeting service will offer formal meetings and on-site business meeting facilities.

TFWA i.lab Asia and ONE2ONE meetings will be hosted from Tuesday 9 May to Thursday 11 May (09:00 – 17:00).

The association will stage a TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference preview webinar on Thursday 13 April via TFWA 365.

Erik Juul-Mortensen, President, TFWA said: “As the largest duty free and travel retail market, the importance of Asia Pacific to our industry cannot be understated. Delegates from around the world come to TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference to do business, and it is extremely satisfying to see the range of major brands that have already registered and committed to joining us in Singapore.

“I am certain the new connections made, as well as the strengthening of ongoing relationships, will help to ensure further business success in Asia in 2023. If you are undecided on whether to register, now is definitely the time to lock in your plans to go.”

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