Global Travel Retail Awards 2024: Entries now open!

By Faye Bartle |

Travel Retail Awards

TRBusiness is delighted to announce that entries to the consumer-voted Global Travel Retail Awards 2024 are now open.

The duty free and travel retail industry’s first and only consumer-voted awards programme gets bigger and better every year and the 2024 edition is set to be a standout celebration of industry success stories, as rated by shoppers.

There’s a refined category lineup and a limited-time-only early bird discount until 12 March (see below), so ensure you take full advantage – we’re looking forward to receiving your entries.

New categories and early bird discount

As referenced above, the categories for the 2024 awards programme have benefitted from a few updates, based on feedback from last year’s participants.

Categories falling under the refreshed CSR & Retail Initiatives banner now include Best Airport Retail Initiative and Best Cruise Retail Initiative.

These are open to entries from operators, retailers and suppliers and are designed to spotlight impactful activations, promotions, pop-ups, shop openings, campaigns and other standout retail activities.

Suppliers can find all their favourite product categories listed, with a few changes, including separate awards for Best Jewellery Product and Best Watch & Watch Accessory Product.

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The early bird rate of £260 per entry is available until 12 March 2024.

Standard entries will priced at £320 thereafter. The entry portal will be open until 7 June 2024.

We recommend entering as soon as possible – entries can be edited right up until the closing date of 7 June, if needed.


Global Travel Retail Awards 2024 categories

Product Awards

Product awards are open to those who are already present in the travel retail environment or are planning to launch imminently. Products previously entered into the awards may be re-entered. Companies can make multiple entires and we recommend that you highlight any unique attributes to the travel/travel retail sector, such as travel retail exclusives, special editions or travel friendly products, in your submission. Please note that five samples will need to be sent to TRBusiness for assessment by the influencer judging panel (the delivery window for this is 2 April to 14 June 2024). Further details can be found on our dedicated Travel Retail Awards website.

Best Children’s Product
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Best Confectionery & Food Product
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Best Electronics Product
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Best Fashion & Accessories Product (including luggage & leathergoods)
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Best Fragrance Product
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Best Jewellery Product
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Best Low- & No-Alcohol Product
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Best Makeup Product
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Best Nicotine (non-combustible) Product
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Best Skincare, Haircare, Bath & Body Product
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Best Spirits Product
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Best Sustainable Product
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Best Sunglasses/Eyewear Product
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Best Travel Accessory
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Best Watch & Watch Accessory Product
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Best Wines Product
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The Best Overall Product award will be announced at the ceremony.

CSR & Retail Initiatives Awards

Entries to the Travel Retail Awards were up by 38% year-on-year in 2023, with a huge amount of interest in our CSR awards, which is why they’re back with a bang. All of the categories below are open to entries from operators, retailers, suppliers and other relevant stakeholders.

Best Charity Initiative
If your company has partnered with a charity and you’ve achieved great things together by engaging consumers in a travel retail environment, then we want to know about it. Our influencer judges relayed how much they valued judging this category and we’re proud to be shining a light on the industry’s charitable endeavours.
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Best Diversity & Inclusion Initiative
Does your company have an outstanding diversity and inclusion D&I policy? Tell us about how your organisation’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy shapes your business. This category is also open to submissions that showcase how the retail offering has been made more inclusive and accessible to passengers.
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Best Sustainable Initiative
From planting tress to stamping out single-use plastic, DF&TR stakeholders are working hard to make a difference. This is your chance to highlight the major success stories of your quest to be greener. Whether it’s a case study on how your sustainability and ethical values are shining through in your retail offering, or a major milestone that has been achieved, such as dramatically reducing packaging waste or securing B Corp status, our consumer judges are eager to know about it.
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Best Airport Retail Initiative
Delivered an impactful promotion, pop-up, activation, campaign, shop opening, or other retail activity in an airport environment? Underscore your success by entering this category for the chance to earn the official seal of approval from the fifth, most important link in the DF&TR eco-system – travelling consumers.
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Best Cruise Retail Initiative
Delivered an impactful promotion, pop-up, activation, campaign, shop opening, or other retail activity in the cruise channel? Seize your chance to shine by entering this category dedicated to the increasingly vibrant retail offering in the cruise sector.
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Travel Retail Awards


Established in 2018, the Travel Retail Awards stands out for being judged entirely by shoppers.

Earning recognition in the popular awards programme is a coveted achievement for all those seeking the seal of approval from the industry’s ultimate decision-makers – travelling consumers.

Entries are assessed by 5,000 consumers, who are independently sourced from data partner m1nd-set’s unique and qualified database of international travellers. This stage of the judging process makes up 80% of the overall score.

Will you earn the coveted seal of approval from travelling consumers this year?

A panel of influencers (bloggers and vloggers) who possess a range of product and travel expertise, also judge the products, making up the remaining 20% of the overall score.

The panel has the added benefit of being able to touch, feel and try out the product entries during a three-day qualitative judging session in London.

Being recognised in the awards not only validates a company’s hard work and success in the channel, but it can also be a boost for business when utilising the logo on packaging and at the point of sale.

Insights by m1nd-set show that 22% of consumers are more likely to purchase a product displaying the ‘Voted by Shoppers’ Finalist logo, while nearly a third (31%) of consumers are more likely to purchase a product displaying the ‘Voted by Shoppers’ Winner logo.

Plus, everyone’s a winner as all entrants receive valuable feedback from our panel of influencer judges.

Save the date for the Global Travel Retail Awards ceremony on 1 October 2024

Please save the date for the 2024 Global Travel Retail Awards ceremony, which is taking place on Tuesday 1 October at Hôtel Martinez in Cannes.

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The atmosphere was electric at the 2023 Global Travel Retail Awards ceremony in Cannes.

The ceremony coincides with the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference (Sunday 29 September to Thursday 3 October 2024), adding further sparkle to what is set to be a stand-out global gathering, marking TFWA’s 40th anniversary year, with its ‘closing night’ celebrations taking place on the Wednesday evening.

Please click the button below to register your interest in attending, and to find out more about sponsorship opportunities. Tickets sales will open once the finalists are announced.

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