‘TFWA Asia Pacific Live’ event takes shape as further details are revealed

By Charlotte Turner |

TFWA has revealed further details ahead of its Asia Pacific live in-person networking event, which will take place from 9-11 May in Singapore, as reported first in a breaking news story by TRBusiness last week.


The strong focus of ‘TFWA Asia Pacific Live’ will be on networking, as previously divulged by the TFWA President, Erik Juul-Mortensen during a press conference last week and as such will present a number of opportunities for delegates and participants to meet and connect with one another throughout the duration of the event.


The TFWA ONE2ONE meeting service will provide a platform for formal meetings with onsite business meeting facilities available from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 6pm on Tuesday, 10 May and from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm on Wednesday, 11 May. In addition, a dedicated area of the venue’s foyer on Level 5 of the MBS complex will be specifically configured for more informal discussions.



Six workshops which delegates can choose to attend ‘a la carte’ will also take place over the course of the event. The opening session will run from 9am until 10.30am and include addresses from TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen and keynote speaker Dr Ayesha Khanna, an expert on big data and the application of AI in retail and other sectors.


TFWA announced the new two-day format via an online press conference on 14 March.

TFWA announced the new two-day format via an online press conference on 14 March.


The workshop programme will also include a session on digital transformation in Asia, led by the authors of a recent report on the subject by Meta and Bain & Company. In addition, TFWA has joined forces with the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) to bring APTRA Exchange to the event. Taking place on 10 May at 4 – 6pm, the session will focus on a range of key topics of key interest to the industry in the region.


Erik Juul-Mortensen featured in an exclusive video interview for the January ezine of TRBusiness.

Erik Juul-Mortensen featured in an exclusive video interview for the January ezine of TRBusiness.

Singapore has opened a number of new Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) over the past month alongside relaxing their restrictions on arrival tests for VTL travellers, with those arriving from locations with low infection rates only required to take an unsupervised self-swab antigen rapid test (ART) within 24 hours of entering the country.


These new measures will allow delegates to have simple, efficient and uncomplicated journeys both to and from Singapore, with restrictions also loosening across the Asia-Pacific region – including most recently in South Korea. TFWA will work closely with local authorities in Singapore to ensure smooth travels for all attending delegates and participants.



Online registration will open shortly, via email to [email protected]. The registration desk will be open on Level 5 of the MBS Expo Centre from the afternoon of Monday, 9th May for delegates to collect their badges. The TFWA Asia Pacific Lounge will open to badge holders from 6pm until 9pm that evening, with the same hours being kept the following night.


“The TFWA Asia Pacific Live networking event will provide the industry with the opportunity for in-person networking that it has been calling out for over the past two years,” said Juul-Mortensen.


“We understand that there is a huge need to build and maintain relationships in-person and we want to make sure there are ample facilities in which essential business-building conversations can take place. Our ONE2ONE service will ensure that people are able to physically meet with selected contacts in dedicated meeting rooms.


“We also recognise the importance of offering strong learning elements to attendees, providing a foundation for a strong understanding of the changing dynamics of the market and how these will benefit, as well as challenge, our industry going forward. We feel confident that the à la carte workshops held over the course of the event will allow us to achieve this. Our thanks to our friends and partners in Singapore for helping us to bring our industry together once more.”

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