More than 3,000 industry stakeholders registered for TFWA Asia Pacific event

By Luke Barras-hill |

The TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference makes its first full-scale return since 2019 on 7-11 May 2023.

Tax Free World Association (TFWA) has confirmed that in excess of 3,000 industry professionals are registered to attend the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference.

TFWA Managing Director John Rimmer shared the update on the regional summit, which takes place at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Singapore (7-11 May), during a TFWA APEC 2023 preview webinar today (13 April).

Hundreds of brands spanning all product categories will occupy 200 stands over 8,000sq m of exhibition space across two levels at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre.

The association says final floor plans for the exhibition are currently being finalised and will be available soon on the association’s website and via the TFWA 365 app.

“We’re delighted to say that over 3,000 industry professionals have confirmed their attendance in Singapore and we’re getting more requests every day,” announced Rimmer.

“The world’s leading travel retailers are all going to be present with large delegations. The major regional airports, airlines and cruise lines have also confirmed their participation. There will also be local distributors and other trade visitors.”

i.lab Asia: More details

The TFWA Asia Pacific Conference on Monday 8 May will set the scene for a busy week of business.

“This is a staple of the event and we think we’ve got some really interesting speakers and sessions lined up,” continued Rimmer.

Located on level 5 of the Sands Expo & Convention Centre, the conference will kick off with opening remarks from TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen and APTRA President Sunil Tuli, before Luke Chang, Executive VP and Vice Party Secretary, China Duty Free Group and George Yeo, Singapore’s former Minister for Foreign Affairs (2004-2011), issue their anticipated opening addresses.

Newly appointed Dufry President & CEO Asia Pacific Freda Cheung will star in a heavyweight panel session entitled ‘Preparing for Growth’ alongside CDFG’s Chang; Sue Kyung Lee, CEO, Global SK-II; Thabet Musleh, Vice President, Qatar Duty Free; and Marvin Von Plato, CEO of Heinemann Asia Pacific.

Pictured and below: TFWA Managing Director John Rimmer hosted a walkthrough of the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference section of TFWA’s website, including how to access the exhibitor list and connect with stakeholders via the popular One2One meetings service, during the TFWA APEC 2023 preview webinar on 13 April.

Stefano Baronci, Director General of ACI Asia-Pacific and Mayur Patel, Head of Asia OAG Aviation and Executive Board Member PATA, are set to provide essential intelligence on the region’s air transport landscape.

In the ‘Capturing Today’s Travelling Consumer’ session, Stephen Hillam, Managing Director, Pi Insight will present an exclusive study on the evolution of the post-Covid consumer in Asia Pacific.

Rocky Chi, Head of Planning, Emerging Communications, will offer expert perspective on Chinese consumer habits, while Claudio Ferreira, Global Travel Retail General Manager at JTI and Marcus Hudson, Global Sales Director, Mars ITR provide a brand perspective.

The APTRA Exchange session will hear from Simon Baptist, Global Chief Economist, the Economist Intelligence Unit; Marina Giuliano, VP of Brands, Retailers and Media, ForwardKeys; and Pi Insight’s Hillam.

“The event is all about networking and we hope we’ve got some very good networking opportunities, both formal and informal, lined up for you in Singapore,” explained Rimmer, who referenced the opening cocktail taking place at the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay on 7 May at 19:30 as a must-attend occasion.

Visitors can avail of the chance to meet and engage in business meetings during Monday at lunch and in the afternoon in the foyer area alongside the main conference programme, before the exhibition begins in earnest from Tuesday.

The TFWA Asia Pacific Lounge will take place on level 4 of the Sands Expo & Convention Centre on Monday (17:00-21:00) and Tuesday and Wednesday (18:00 – 21:00).

TFWA i.lab Asia will be located on level 1 of the Sands Expo & Convention Centre, with a number of companies already signed up such as iClick, Duty Freak, Cainiao and WooHoo.

This year, TFWA has partnered with the Singapore Tourism Board to bring to the fore a number of start-up firms as part of its Singapore Tourism Accelerator programme.

Alongside the TFWA app and TFWA 365 service, there are several useful tools available to registered attendees.

Rimmer talked through the Discovery, Networking and Learnings sections of the TFWA 365 hub.

Networking directories allow delegates to view exhibitors and visitor lists and send messages to connect and schedule meetings with operators, retailers and brand exhibitors.

Discovery includes access to brand pages for information on companies, products, and contact options.

Profiles of companies appearing via i.lab Asia are also present, with delegates able to discover details and engage with multimedia content.

Meet the press section is also visible via the Networking tab.

Meanwhile, for those wishing to access video content on demand, the Learning Section is your port of call.

For more on the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference programme, click the relevant links below.

Watch out for the March/April e-zine for an exclusive video interview with TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen.

TFWA talks ahead of ‘full-scale’ Singapore return

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