TFWA shares further details on ‘China Reborn’ virtual conference programme

By Luke Barras-hill |

TFWA President Alain Maingreaud will open proceedings on day one.

Tax Free World Association (TFWA) has provided more information on the  ‘China Reborn’ online conference (1-3 December).

As reported, delegates will hear from leading names in the country’s burgeoning duty free market over the course of the three-day virtual event.

Day one will feature addresses from Charles Chen, President, China Duty Free Group; Eudes Fabre, CEO North Asia, Lagardère Travel Retail; and Angel Zhao, President of International Business, Ant Group.

TFWA President Alain Maingreaud will open the conference before the speakers analyse market opportunities and shopper trends in China.

Day two will focus on current and evolving travel patterns and customer preferences in China by harvesting the latest data and research.


Speakers include Sunil Tuli, President, APTRA; Evita Qu, Deputy General Manager, CNSC; and Mirko Wang, CEO, Jessica’s Secret, alongside representatives from two leading Chinese travel data providers – Wang Zhiyong of CAPSE/VariFlight and Hao Liping from TravelSky Technology.

Rounding off the programme, day three will study China’s future economic trajectory and the implications for businesses.

Attention will also be paid to the future of the consumer sector, with a look at how the daigou market has adapted to the Covid-19 crisis.

Delegates will hear from Dr Edward Tse, Founder & CEO, Gao Feng Advisory; Professor Yao Yang from the China Centre for Economic Research; and Casey Hall, Asia Correspondent, Business of Fashion.

As reported, China Reborn will spotlight TFWA’s popular One2One meeting service in a virtual format.

The association says many of the industry’s influential buyers have now registered to attend the meetings.

A spokesperson from fashion house ETRO commented: “This online event is an incredibly important impulse for the travel retail business, not only for the Chinese market but also on a global scale. ETRO wants to be an active part of the rebirth that the Chinese travel retail and market are experiencing.”

Robert Calzadilla, Executive Vice President Strategy and Business Development, DFS Group said: “An exciting future lies ahead for the duty free industry in China, thanks to the positive efforts of the government to enhance its offshore duty free shopping policy and encourage greater retail competition.

“Chinese customers are also central to the recovery of travel retail, and it is the responsibility of all sector stakeholders to support this market for the greater benefit of our industry.”

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