TFWA dials up social events for Cannes as more brands confirm participation

By Charlotte Turner |

TFWA has said that reserved space for the October World Exhibition & Conference event in Cannes is rapidly approaching pre-covid levels as more brands add their names to the list of those who have confirmed their participation.


As announced on the TFWA website last week, these include beauty brands L’Oréal and Shiseido, fashion labels Zegna and Lacoste, confectionery companies Nestlé and Mondelēz, wines & spirits businesses Diageo and Pernod Ricard, and tobacco brands JTI and Imperial Brands.


The trade association says it is also going to place greater impetus on networking opportunities at the event this year, which takes place from 2-6 October at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes and promises to be ‘an unmissable event for all involved in the duty free and travel retail industry’.


During the opening conference, which will take place from 09:00 to 11:45 at the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals on Monday 3 October, TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen will deliver his opening remarks, welcoming delegates from across the globe to the city of Cannes for the 2022 TFWA World Exhibition & Conference.



The exhibition hall will be open from 12:00 to 18:30 on Monday, from 09:00 to 18:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 09:00 to 17:00 on Thursday. Delegates are also welcome to take full advantage of the TFWA ONE2ONE meeting service on-site, which will be available on Wednesday, 5 October and Thursday, 6 October.


Although the 2021 TFWA World Exhibition was a much smaller event than in previous years - in the context of Covid - it was deemed successful by the TFWA.

Although the 2021 TFWA World Exhibition was a much smaller event than in previous years – in the context of Covid – it was deemed successful by the TFWA and many of those who attended. Source: Nathalie Oundjian for TFWA


Additionally, TFWA has confirmed a number of new additions to the event programme this year. ‘Get Together’ – an evening opening cocktail held on the Carlton Beach – will be hosted from 19:00 on Sunday, 2 October to officially kick off the event.


Building on its success from the previous years, TFWA Lounge will be back again this year from Monday to Wednesday between 18:30 and 21:00. Later in the evening between 23:00 and 02:00, on Monday to Wednesday, a brand-new, night-time social session will be hosted on the Carlton Beach.



“These events will mean that there will be no shortage of opportunities for delegates to mix with colleagues and friends old and new,” said the association.


“This year’s event will also see the return of TFWA i.lab – the ideas hub that shines a spotlight on innovative ways to engage the travelling consumer.”


A brand-new, night-time social session will be hosted on the Carlton Beach. Source: Nathalie Oundjian for TFWA.

Delegates will be able to attend take part in additional networking events this year. Source: Nathalie Oundjian for TFWA.

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For more information about the exhibitors at this year’s TFWA World Exhibition & Conference, please visit the exhibitor list via the following link:



“TFWA World Exhibition & Conference is undoubtedly the most important event in the duty free and travel retail diary, and we’re delighted to see how much interest there has been in the return of the event this October,” said Erik Juul-Mortensen, TFWA President.


“With a considerable number of exhibitors large and small confirming their participation, we’re certain the event will be everything that our industry colleagues hope and more. In the post-pandemic era, it is more important than ever for our industry to come together, exchange ideas and collaborate.


The Management Committee, the Board and I firmly believe that this really tempting networking programme will enable us to do just that.”


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