TFWA Cannes ‘the place to be’ as industry support continues to grow

By Andrew Pentol |

Lagardère Travel Retail, Stock Spirits Group and Starboard Cruise Services are the latest companies to reveal they are planning to attend TFWA Cannes.

Industry support for this year’s TFWA World Exhibition & Conference is continuing to grow, with more than 200 brands and many major buying companies confirming their intention to attend the event (24-28 October).

Lagardère Travel Retail, Stock Spirits Group and Starboard Cruise Services are the latest to join the list of leading travel retail companies planning to attend the event at the Palais des Festivals.

This year’s TFWA World Exhibition & Conference will offer a long-awaited opportunity for brands and buyers to meet face-to-face. The event will feature a number of changes that will ensure the safety of attendees and allow them to take full advantage of their visit to Cannes.

The event will comprise of a shorter, more compact week with an extended working day (08:30 to 18:30) to give delegates more time to network and visit the exhibition halls.

TFWA continues to work closely with authorities in Cannes to ensure the city is safe and business-ready for delegates upon their arrival. Local hotels, restaurants and transport links will adhere to stringent hygiene measures.

MEDICAL CONCIERGE SERVICE

In addition, the Palais des Festivals will offer a 24-hour medical concierge service, including online consultations with general and specialist doctors.

[Click the below video for our recent interview with TFWA President Jaya Singh and Managing Director John Rimmer]

TFWA acknowledges that many companies require flexibility in regard to the format and terms of their participation given the circumstances. The Association is continuing to work closely with exhibitors to address their needs and concerns and is encouraging them to contact the TFWA directly with any specific questions or requirements.

Lucio Rossetto, Chief Business Officer, Lagardère Travel Retail said: “The TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes represents the first flagship event for the industry to regroup in a physical setting.

“It really is a pivotal moment for us all as nothing can ever match the connections you can make face-to-face. We very much look forward to being part of the event, catching up with partners and peers and most importantly to discuss the ways we can collectively prepare for the recovery and better serve our customers.”

Mauro Piliu, Global Travel Retail Director, Stock Spirits Group believes this year’s TFWA World Exhibition & Conference is the place to be and that the event is a new starting point in terms of travelling and meeting with customers and colleagues following the pandemic.

“We never stopped, but we greatly missed the warmth of the human touch. I cannot wait to be back. It some ways it feels a bit like the first time.”

More than 200 brands and many major buying companies have confirmed their intention to attend the returning TFWA Cannes event.

Lisa Baldzicki, Chief Merchandising Officer, Starboard Cruise Services commented: “The past year-and-a-half has been a journey of adapting and finding innovative ways to prosper as a business and as a community.

“At Starboard, we took time to expand our all-encompassing vision of the world we live in and to redefine how we can curate a Vibrant world for our guests through new experiential retail offerings. We look forward to coming together with our brand and vendor partners, as well as the broader travel retail community at the TFWA Cannes event.”

She added: “As an LVMH company and the premier retailer at sea, luxury and travel retail are essential to our continued strength and success in the cruise industry. We have always considered the TFWA a critical collaboration gathering — even more so this year!”

Jaya Singh, President, TFWA says he is amazed and humbled at the DF&TR industry’s response to the planned return of TFWA Cannes. “I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those who are supporting the event. Your attendance will further strengthen an already stellar line-up of brands, buyers and retailers joining us in Cannes.”

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