Record number of sponsors show support for TR Consumer Forum 2022

By Faye Bartle |

TR Consumer Forum 2022

A growing number of leading industry stakeholders are backing the upcoming TR Consumer Forum by pledging their support as sponsors.  

The travel retail industry’s only consumer-centric conference, which is organised by TRBusiness and m1nd-set and takes place from 4-6 September at the Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol, has already attracted a 26-strong line-up of sponsors to date, who are contributing to the event in a variety of ways.

We are delighted by the show of support for the TR Consumer Forum,” said Nigel Hardy, Owner and Joint Managing Director, TRBusiness. 

“It marks a record number of sponsors for a TRBusiness event (whether independently run or as a joint venture) and is a sure sign of the appetite for a conference that places the consumer at the heart, and the industry’s recovery trajectory.

Nigel Hardy and Janice Hook TRBusiness

Nigel Hardy and Janice Hook – Owners and Joint Managing Directors of TRBusiness.

“There is clearly a demand to stay a step ahead when it comes to catering to consumer needs as the world returns to travel.  

“So much has changed since the pandemic and our incredible line-up of speakers is set to drill down on pertinent discussion points alongside the exclusive consumer insights that will be revealed by our co-organiser m1nd-set. 

“TRBusiness would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors for their valuable support for what is set to be a very impactful event.”

Rob Marriott, Chief Executive of ARI Middle East

Cyprus Duty Free (the trading fascia of CTI-ARI, fully owned by Aer Rianta International since 2014), announced its position as Host Sponsor in February. 

“We are delighted to join TR Business as partners of this year’s Consumer Forum,” said Rob Marriott, Chief Executive of ARI Middle East (ARIME). 

“We are excited to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event with what promises to be an insightful and compelling week as we look to the future of travel retail.  

“ARI and Cyprus Duty Free look forward to hosting guests from around the world and showcasing the beautiful island of Cyprus.”

There are six Platinum Sponsors currently on board: Anne Klein, Armitron, E. Gluck, Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail, Torgoen and WITHit. 

This is in addition to a four-strong line-up of Gold Sponsors: Bacardi Global Travel Retail, Blackjack, Go Travel and Nestlé International Travel Retail.  

Delegates will be able to meet with high-profile representatives from these companies at the event, with a selection joining the conference programme as speakers. 

Among those confirmed as part of the agenda is Tamara Spada, Marketing Manager at Nestlé International Travel Retail, who is taking to the stage for The Customer Journey Redefined (11:15am-12:45pm) session on Day 1 (Monday 5 September). 

Ignacio Vazquez Guerra, Global Head of Marketing Travel Retail, Bacardi and Altavia Travel Retail’s Senior Strategist Emily Garret are speaking as part of the Consumer Engagement Part 1: Industry 4.0 & The Impact on Shopper Influence session (13:15pm-14:30pm). 

In the afternoon, Leanne Nutter, Brand and Retail Director at Blackjack is joining the panel focused on Customer Engagement Part 2: The Power of People (3:15pm-4:30pm). 

There are lots of valuable, face-to-face networking opportunities available at the conference. 

Premium spirits leader Beam Suntory and global spirits and wines giant Stoli Group are sponsoring the Opening Cocktail on Sunday 4 September, which will take place on the hotel’s Great Lawns by the beach.

Koskenkorva Climate Action Vodka.

Koskenkorva Climate Action Vodka.

Networking Dinner Sponsor Anora is bringing a taste of Finland to the occasion on Monday 5 September with a vodka bar by Koskenkorva Climate Action Vodka. 

Lunch Break Sponsors adding an indulgent touch to proceedings are Belgian master chocolatier Leonidas (Day 1) and confectionery giant Haribo (Day 2). 

In-between the conference sessions, delegates can sample treats from Coffee Break Sponsors Loacker, Nestlé International Travel Retail, Ritter Sport and Walker’s. 

Brands and products to discover at the exhibition showcase are Altavia Travel Retail, DutyFreak, Nora Norway, ZYN and Coeur de Lion. 

Enviro-Point is the Delegate Bag Sponsor – you can catch Graeme Stewart, CEO of Enviro-Point speaking on Tuesday’s Conscious Consumerism (11am-12.15pm) session. 

Artisan People is onboard as a Partner Sponsor, with Heidi Omar, Managing Director at Artisan People also speaking on the Customer Engagement Part 2 session. 

More details of the fantastic line-up of TR Consumer Forum sponsors are coming soon. 

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