TFWA Cannes draws 6,558 visitors, down -2%

By Charlotte Turner |

TFWA-World-Exhibition-2015A total of 6,558 visitors from 3,026 companies attended TFWA World Exhibition & Conference 2015, which ran from Sunday 18th to Friday 23rd October, compared with 6,701 visitors (-2%) from 3,105 companies (-3%) last year.


Of the total, 2,183 people (33%) were key buyers – duty free & travel retail operators and landlords of airports, airlines, ferry, cruise, border and downtown concerns – up +2% on the previous year’s figure of 2,132, from 643 companies vs 618 in 2014 (+4%).


Adding the 2,401 agents and distributors (1,145 companies) to this figure produces a total of 4,584 (1,788 companies) of the most influential trade executives in the industry who were present at this year’s event.



On the 21,500 m2 trade floor were 482 exhibitors (475 in 2014), including eight luxury yachts in the Harbour Village, 48 of them new or returning after an absence. Between them they showcased thousands of products in the fragrances & cosmetics, wines & spirits, fashion & accessories, jewellery & watches, confectionery & fine food, gifts & electronics and tobacco categories.


“There has been a tremendous buzz around the exhibition this year in spite of the difficulties prior to the event both in Cannes itself and in the industry as a whole,” commented Erik Juul-Mortensen, TFWA President.


“The fact that TFWA World Exhibition & Conference opened on schedule just two weeks after the appalling flooding in the city, with virtually all facilities in the Palais des Festivals and at our other venues provided as planned, is testament to the hard work and commitment of all our partners in the city.



“The slight reduction in the total number of visitors compared with last year’s record figure bears witness to the difficult economic and geopolitical climate in the world today.


“However, I am delighted to report that our key visitor category – landlords, duty free & travel retail operators – was extremely well represented with a 2% increase in delegates and 4% rise in the number of companies over 2014. Agents and distributors also arrived in greater numbers than last year, which is very pleasing.”


Erik Juul-Mortensen2The TFWA World Conference, which set the scene on Monday 19 October, attracted 1,504 delegates, who were rewarded for their early start with thought-provoking analysis of the current business environment from the three speakers – Rudi Giuliani, former New York Mayor, Peter Long, CEO TUI Group and Erik Juul-Mortensen, President TFWA – under the watchful eye of moderator Stephen Sackur, BBC HARDtalk.


The TFWA’s Market Watch Workshop on South Korea was attended by 145 delegates, the Inflight Focus workshop attracted 169 and nearly 90 attended the first-ever TFWA Research Workshop.


According to the organisers, in spite of the rain, 140 delegates took part in the TFWA Charity Run on Sunday 18th, each of whom donated €15 to the causes supported by TFWA Care.


The charitable Heinemann/Estee Lauder Golf Tournament was keenly contested by nearly 100 players and, across the city, 87 delegates defended their honour in the annual TFWA Petanque Tournament.



Nearly 2,000 guests descended on the Welcoming Cocktail at the Carlton Hotel on Sunday 18 October with the customary fireworks organised by the City of Cannes.


Over 1,000 guests attended Le Premium Evening at Port Canto on Thursday 22nd with an elegant ‘Cucina Pop’ dinner prepared by award-winning chef Davide Oldani and an impressive acrobatic display by the Cirque Eloize from Montreal.


At the closing press conference, Erik Juul-Mortensen was delighted on behalf of TFWA Care to present to M. Christophe Visentin, Founding Director, and M. Bernard Brochand, Deputy & Honorary President of SAMU SOCIAL, which provides assistance to homeless people, funds which will be used to purchase a service vehicle. The van will replace one originally purchased by TFWA ten years ago which was destroyed in the recent flooding.


Erik Juul-Mortensen concluded: “TFWA is pleased to report that the 31st TFWA World Exhibition & Conference has been completed successfully. Initial feedback from visitors and exhibitors has been very positive and we will endeavour to rectify any issues, which have come to light in time for next year. We look forward to meeting colleagues at our next industry event, the MEADFA Conference in Jordan, on 23 and 24 November.”




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