Support floods in as TFWA Asia Pacific Hainan Special Edition draws closer

By Andrew Pentol |

The event will feature a workshop devoted to the Hainan duty free market.

Leading travel retail businesses have officially pledged their support for the upcoming Tax Free World Association Asia Pacific Hainan Special Edition event (21-24 June).

A strong line-up of speakers will headline the conference and host a series of online workshops. The workshops will focus on various topics including the progress of duty free and travel retail in Hainan; the digitalisation of retail; the future of the luxury market; and travel in a post-pandemic world.

A workshop devoted to the Hainan duty free market will include presentations from Han Shengjian, Director of the International Economic Development Bureau; You Jiangwei, Chairman of Shenzhen Duty Free Group; Xie Zhiyong, Chairman and General Manager of Hainan Tourism Investment Duty Free; Chen Hui, General Manager of Zhuhai Duty Free Group; and Ken Zhu, Chief Operations Officer of CNSC Sanya Duty Free Co Ltd.

The conference on 22 June (beginning at 9am CET/3pm HKT) will commence with an introduction from Jaya Singh, President. This will be followed by a round table discussion featuring leading retailers China Duty Free Group, Dufry, DFS Group, Gebr Heinemann and Lagardère Travel Retail.

A further session will address the immediate future for travel and tourism, with contributions from senior executives at ACI Asia-Pacific, International Air Transport Association, Pacific Asia Travel Association, Duty Free World Council and Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association. The conference will close with a look at how the current crisis has influenced purchasing behaviour, courtesy of consumer expert Nathalie Nahai.


The workshop programmes on 23 and 24 June will feature Peter Mohn, Founder and CEO, m1nd-set, Clara Susset, Travel Retail Research Director, m1nd-set; Professor Gary Mortimer, Professor of Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, Queensland University of Technology Business School; Erin Lillis, Travel Retail Director Asia Pacific, Lacoste; Sung-Bin Im, Director, Duty Free Management Team, Incheon International Airport Corporation; Sabrina Wang, Lagardère Travel Retail Chief Commercial Officer — Asia; Sarah Mathews, Group Head of Destination Marketing APAC, Tripadvisor; and James Prescott, Managing Director, Harding Retail.

The Shenzhen Duty Free and DFS downtown duty free shopping complex is situated at Hainan island’s integrated leisure and tourism resort of Haikou Mission Hills. Shenzhen Duty Free is among the event’s platinum sponsors.

Organised in partnership with the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association and with main partner China Duty Free Group, TFWA Asia Pacific Hainan Special Edition is also being backed by Mondelez International as diamond partner; Lagardère Travel Retail, Zhuhai Duty Free Group, Shenzhen Duty Free Group, CNSC, Alibaba Group affiliate Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, Duty Free Global and William Grant & Sons as platinum sponsors; and Duty Free Expert as media partner.

Altavia Travel Retail, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein are gold sponsors and Les Chocolats de Pauline, Brown-Forman, SK-II and Haribo are silver sponsors.

The China National Service Corporation for Chinese Personnel Working Abroad, which officially opened the first phase of its Sanya International Duty Free Plaza in Hainan Island on 30 December 2020 is a platinum sponsor of the Hainan Special Edition event.

Jaya Singh, President, TFWA said: “We are incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support of the industry towards TFWA Asia Pacific Hainan Special Edition and I would like to personally thank all sponsors and our global trade partners involved in the event.

“Delegates attending will be able to benefit from unrivalled knowledge and expertise shared by the countless business leaders and experts joining us, while offering new opportunities for colleagues to connect during this challenging time.”

To find out more information about the event, please visit


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