TFWA ASIA PACIFIC PREVIEW Unlock the full potential...

discussion points are set to include sustainability, technology (artificial intelligence and virtual reality) and the future of brands.

Social events In 2018, the welcome cocktail at the Gardens by the Bay attracted 948 guests. In addition, 580 attended the Chill-Out Party at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and 725 enjoyed the Singapore Swing Party at the JW Marriott Hotel. Much like the conference format,

This year's conference format has been revamped and will comprise three plenary sessions.

up from 11.6% in the first six months of 2017. DF&TR stakeholders must stay

firmly focused on the Asia Pacific region. Whether the aim is to seek new business, maximise the potential of existing partnerships or market to those travelling abroad, they must not ignore this important region, which shapes travel retail assortments and performance worldwide. While the Asia region itself is

enjoying significant growth, so is the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition and Conference.

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Recent robust growth The event, which is essential for those looking to learn more about recent market developments, enjoyed robust growth in 2018, drawing a record 3,194 visitors; an increase of 3% on the 3,087 visitors registered in the previous year. Of the 3,194 visitors last year,

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1,105 were DF&TR buyers – a rise of 5% year-on-year – representing 284 companies. A total of 309 companies, 53 of which were new or returning,

“Asia remains the largest duty free and travel retail region and is continuing to expand at a rapid pace.”

Alain Maingreaud, TFWA President


and speaker line-up had yet to be revealed as TRBusiness went to press, but it is understood that

The TFWA Asia Pacific Bar will be located on Level 4 of the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

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has been revamped and will comprise three plenary sessions, replacing the simultaneous workshop format. Full details of the conference

exhibited at the show across 10,505sq m of exhibition space. This was an increase of +2.5% on the 10,254sq m in 2017. The popular TFWA One2One

meeting service arranged 405 meetings (+5%), with registrations from 42 airports, 44 airlines and inflight services and 10 cruise and ferry operators. Looking back on the full plenary

conference programme which took place on the first day, this attracted 1,390 delegates (+4%), who were treated to presentations from a number of influential speakers. The afternoon workshops

attracted a total of 871 delegates, up +1.6% year-on-year. This year, the conference format

the show’s networking programme is being freshened up this year. There will be new venues for the Interparfums-sponsored Golf Tournament (The Laguna National Golf & Country Club), which takes place on 12 May; the Welcome Cocktail (Fort Canning) later that evening and the Singapore Swing Party (Ola Beach Sentosa Island) on 15 May. The Chill-Out Party, sponsored

by Lacoste and Korea Ginseng Corporation, will take place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Tuesday 14 May, while the Singapore Swing Party will open at Ola Beach, Sentosa Island on Wednesday 15 May.

Positive feedback Speaking last year in Singapore during the open plenary, former TFWA President Erik Juul- Mortensen said: “The dynamic growth we are seeing in the Asian duty free and travel retail market has once again been reflected in some truly impressive figures at this year’s TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition and Conference. “The feedback we have had

from both exhibitors and delegates has been extremely positive. The consensus has definitely been that

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