Travel Retail Awards: Asia Pacific finalists revealed

By Andrew Pentol |

TRBusiness and Swiss consumer research agency m1nd-set are delighted to announce the finalists for the inaugural consumer-voted Travel Retail Awards: Asia Pacific.

Unveiled earlier this year, the Asia Pacific edition of the awards puts region-specific purchasing habits firmly under the microscope.

A natural extension to the hugely successful global awards, the Asia Pacific awards provide a significant boost to the industry as it seeks to bounce-back from the devastating coronavirus pandemic.

[Stay close to TRBusiness for further information on when the winners will be announced]

Supported ably once again by Travel Retail Awards’ partner m1nd-set, the virtual consumer-voted event arrives three years after the launch of the ground-breaking Global Travel Retail Awards in Singapore in May 2018.

All companies that entered the 2020 Global Travel Retail Awards have been enrolled in the 2021 Travel Retail Awards: Asia Pacific.

Entries to this year’s 2021 Global Travel Retail Awards, which will take place on Tuesday 28 September during the TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes remain open until 23 May 2021. Click here to enter.


In a fitting endorsement of its global counterpart, the Asia Pacific edition of the awards has automatically entered suppliers of the Travel Retail Awards.

Peter Mohn, CEO and Owner, m1nd-set.

Partner m1nd-set will present essential consumer feedback from 2,000 international travellers across the Asia Pacific region sourced from the Swiss research agency’s unique database.

As is customary, the Asia Pacific awards feature 12 product categories, accompanied by six airport awards.

Travellers have voted on the best products within each of the categories to demonstrate the buying inclinations of travellers in Asia compared with their global counterparts.

TRBusiness and m1nd-set believe strongly that amplifying what are frequently regional disparities in consumer purchasing behaviours affords new opportunities for brand exposure and development, something fundamental to the collective recovery of the travel retail industry.

Both firms believe that the latest awards iteration affords new opportunities for brand exposure and evolution — fundamental aspects of the industry’s collective recovery.

Nigel Hardy and Janice Hook, Owners at TRBusiness said: “It is crucial for the industry to recognise that when it comes to listing products, ‘one (global) size does not fit all’ and the consumer-voted Travel Retail Awards: Asia Pacific 2021 will prove that point.

“This event will provide valuable insight into the importance of regional buying patterns and the equal importance of suppliers providing tailor-made products specifically targeting travellers from particular regions.”

TRBusiness Owners, Janice Hook and Nigel Hardy.

Ben Webb, International Sales & Marketing Director, TRBusiness added: “In three years, the Travel Retail Awards has proven itself as the leading consumer-voted awards event for our industry. It provides tangible results for suppliers and airports alike and improves the shopping experience for travellers.

“As we navigate our way through the volatility of the global pandemic, we believe that the regional and global Travel Retail Awards will provide vital consumer feedback for industry stakeholders.

“In addition, the Travel Retail Awards provides confidence to travellers, enabling them to find the best products and shopping experiences in the global travel retail sector.”

Peter Mohn, CEO and Owner, m1nd-set remarked: “Especially in the last five years, m1nd-set has conducted a significant variety of research topics in the Asia Pacific region. Our experience taught us to always look at this group of travellers from a different perspective given their significant alterations in shopping behaviour, attitudes and expectations.

“For those brands that did not win product awards in the 2020 Global Travel Retail Awards, they will definitely have a new chance to win at the Travel Retail Awards: Asia Pacific.”


Best children’s product

Lego — Lego Duplo Playroom

Steiff — National Geographic Chinchi Chinchilla

Steiff – Soft Cuddly Friends Lita Lamb

Best confectionery product

Ritter — TR Cocoa Selection Deluxe

Butlers — Chocolate Collection

Butlers — Family Share Assorted Truffles

Niederegger — Marzipan Classics Gold Edition

Lindt & Sprüngli —Dulce de Leche Edition

Lindt & Sprüngli —No Sugar Added Bars

Lindt & Sprüngli — Pretzel Edition

Lindt & Sprüngli — Lindor Mini Tube 70 Dark

Mondelez— Cadbury Dairy Milk Chunks Pouch UK

Mondelez — Milka Strawberry Cheesecake Tablet

Mondelez— Milka Tender Moments Assorted Pouch

Mondelez  — Toblerone Tiny Milk Spain Bag

Nestlé — KitKat Senses Mini Desserts

Nestlé — Nestlé Swiss Cranberries Hazelnuts Almonds Milk Chocolate Tablet

Best electronics product

Moshi — Porto Q 5K Portable Battery with Built in Wireless Charger

DHI Telecom Group — Sapphire 2 Global Mobile WiFi

iWalk (U2O Global) — Scorpion Air Pro

Merlin — Merlin AirJack

Nuwave — Bitmore eFuel 10000 mAh Qi Wireless Charging Powerbank

Nuwave — Studio 19 Amazon Alexa Solo Play

Nuwave — Studio 19 Solo TWS Headphones

RHA Technologies — RHA Wireless Flight Adapter

Sony Europe — Sony WH 1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Travel Blue Limited — Lexingham Power Bank Pro – 1000mAh W PD (18w) + QC3.0

Best fashion and accessories product (including luggage and leather goods)

Diesel Spa — Diesel x24 Bottles

Dolphin Innovations — Click Slide Card Case Carbon Fibre Black

Dolphin Innovations — Click Slide Hi Tech Leather Wallet

Fraas — The Fraas Plaid ‘with an extra portion of good feeling’

Hugo Boss — Soody TR

Hugo Boss — Titanium Runn TR

VF International SAGL — Curiosity PKT

VF International SAGL — Totepack

Best fragrance product

Coty — Boss Bottled Infinite Eau De Parfum

Coty — Gucci Bloom Ambrosia Di Fiori Eau De Parfum Intense

Coty — Tiffany Love For Him Eau De Parfum

Coty — Gucci Memoire Dune Odeur Eau De Parfum

Interparfums Asia Pacific — Coach Dreams

Molton Brown — Mesmerising Oudh Accord Gold Eau de Parfum

Molton Brown — Recharge Black Pepper Eau de Parfum

Best make-up product

Coty — Gucci Lipsticks Satin Sheer Balm

Coty — Burberry Kisses Lip Lacquer

Dr Lipp — Superfood Tints

Best skincare, haircare, bath & body product

Brands of Style — Wellexir Power Bubbles

Dr. Lipp — Original Nipple Balm for Dry Skin Luscious Lips Glossy Bits

Long Haul Spa — Long Haul Spa Set

L’Oréal Travel Retail Asia Pacific — Kiehl’s Christmas Advent Calendar Set

Moroccanoil — Moroccanoil Treatment

Nuxe — Prodigious Collection

Transformulas International — Flawless Photoglow SPF30

Unilever — AHC Premium EX Hydra B5 Toner 140ml

Best spirits product

Bacardi Global Travel Retail — Bacardi Carta Blanca

Beam Suntory — Laphroaig Bessie Williamson

Brown Forman — Jack Daniels Bottled in Bond

Chabot Armagnac — Chabot Armagnac XO Coeur

Chase Distillery Ltd — Chase Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo Gin

Diageo — Tanqueray Ten Gift Tin

Distell International — Amarula Vanilla Spice

Douglas Laing & Co — Rock Island

Douglas Laing & Co —The Epicurean

Friedrich Schwarze — Golden Shoe

Liviko AS — Crafters London Dry Gin

Quintessential Brands Group — Opihr Far East Edition

Quintessential Brands Group — Opihr

Quintessential Brands Group — Skinny Moo Peanut Butter

William Grant & Sons — Glenfiddich Grand Cru Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Best sunglasses/eyewear product

Maui Jim — Hikina

Maui Jim — Shallows

Rodenstock: — R1430 A

Silhouette International — 8174 Titan Accent Shades

Silhouette International — 8716 Titan Breeze

Best travel accessory

Aydya Ltd — Ion8 OneTouch On The Go Reusable Bottle

Cabeau — Evolution S3

Ibboo — Ibboo Full Kit

Long Haul Spa — The Mini by Long Haul Spa

United Creations (Shanghai) — Voyager Prime Travel Eye Mask

Best watches and jewellery product

Clogau — Clogau Tudor Court Locket

E Gluck Corporation — Anne Klein Blush Ceramic Bracelet Watch with Crystal Accents

E Gluck Corporation — Anne Klein Gold Tone Covered Dial Bracelet Watch

E Gluck Corporation — Anne Klein Rose Gold Silver Tone Bracelet Watch

E Gluck Corporation — Anne Klein Rose Gold Tone Stainless Steel

Kurate International — Belle Beau Blossom Watch Cherry Blossom

Swarovski International Distribution — Travel Exclusive Globe Bracelet Multi-Coloured Rhodium Plated

Swarovski International Distribution — Travel Exclusive Globe Set Multi-Coloured Rhodium Plated

Swarovski International Distribution — Travel Exclusive Swallow Studs Set White-Mix Plating

Swarovski International Distribution — Travel Exclusive Swallow Set White Mix Plating

Best wines product

Barton & Guestier — Prestige Gift Pack Thomas Barton Reserve Privee

Barton & Guestier — Veuve du Vernay Rose Limited Edition

Bauer Spirits — Royal Riviera Champagne Brut Superme 12_5

Bauer Spirits — Burschiks Oak Vermouth 16

Bodvár House of Rosés — Bodvár N1 Pearly Rose

Bottega spa — Ancestral

Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei — Freixenet Prosecco DOCG

Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei — Henkell Cuvee Unique

Lanson International Diffusion — Lanson Green Label

Viña Concha y Toro — Casillero del Diablo Route of Cabernet Sauvignon


Best airport for customer service

Mumbai (BOM)

Tokyo Haneda (HND)

Seoul (ICN)

Kansai (KIX)

Singapore (SIN)

Best digital and social media offer

Mumbai (BOM)

Hong Kong (HKG)

Seoul (ICN)

Delhi (DEL)

Singapore (SIN)

Best Airport for ‘Sense of Place’

Mumbai (BOM)

Haneda (HND)

Incheon (ICN)

Singapore (SIN)

Tokyo (NRT)

Best Airport for Retail Environment (Voted by millennials)

Mumbai (BOM)

Tokyo Haneda (HND)

Delhi (DEL)

Tokyo Narita (NRT)

Changi (SIN)

Best Airport for Retail Environment (voted by all age groups)

Tokyo Haneda (HND)

Hong Kong (HKG)

Seoul (ICN)

Tokyo Narita (NRT)

Singapore (SIN)

Best F&B offer at an Airport

Mumbai (BOM)

Tokyo Haneda (HND)

Kansai (KIX)

Singapore (SIN)

Seoul (ICN)


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