Registration opens for 2023 ‘Building Tomorrow’ FDFA Convention

By Kristiane Sherry |

FDFA’s Barbara Barrett says seeing the Canadian industry thrive is a goal of the convention.

The Frontier Duty Free Association (FDFA) has commenced registration for its 2023 Convention, which has the theme Canadian Duty Free – Building Tomorrow.

Set to take place from 27-30 November at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto, the objective of the event is to inspire current and prospective future members to work together for the industry to thrive.

Up to 100 buyers are expected to attend from duty free stores across Canada. 

The programme includes an opening cocktail, a gala and Gold Standards Awards dinner, and networking opportunities, alongside a trade show and space for individual business meetings.

Supplier participants will benefit from product announcements and expanded brand awareness, the FDFA has said. 

The 2023 edition will be the first in-person FDFA Convention since before the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our goal after coming out of the border closure and the pandemic is to see past recovery and focus on thriving and building our industry,” said FDFA Executive Director, Barbara Barrett. 

“Our first full convention post pandemic seeks to position Canada as a global leader in the duty free sector and position the industry as an integral part of the growing tourism sector in Canada.” 

Barrett continued: “We are returning to the Omni King Edward Hotel this year as its private spaces are conducive to our meeting  and networking needs.

“We will continue to offer buyer group presentations, and we are again  looking to include a dedicated Trade Floor, providing suppliers with an exceptional opportunity to showcase their distinctive goods at the convention.”  

Registration is open now to all members via the FDFA website, with an early bird discount available until 27 September 2023. 

Last month, the FDFA voted in a new Board of Directors who will be in-post until spring 2025, with four members re-elected.

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