TFWA’s new president Jaya Singh introduces Board and talks about his vision for TFWA and its role in travel retail going forward

Incoming Tax Free World Association (TFWA) President Jaya Singh met with global media during a digital press conference last Thursday in a candid discus-sion that he called a “dialogue session” which touched on a wide range of topics critical to the industry. Singh was joined by the new TFWA Board–   Vice-President Finance Frédéric Garcia-Pelayo of […]


TFWA HAS JUST ISSUED THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT: TFWA World Exhibition & Conference 2020 to be cancelled Given the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its members, exhibitors and the duty free & travel retail industry as a whole, Tax Free World Association has today decided to cancel the 2020 edition of the TFWA World […]

TFWA President Maingreaud: “We would not be fulfilling our mission if we did not make every effort to make Cannes happen.”

TFWA President Alain Maingreaud held a virtual press briefing on Friday afternoon (Paris time) to ad-dress industry questions following the announcement that the 2020 Tax Free World Exhibition would take place on Sept. 28-Oct. 2, as well as reveal more details of the event. Most questions dealt with the precautions that would be taken to […]

Cannes 2019: attendance tops record 7.5k; industry calls for a major thrust for sustainability

The 35th TFWA World Exhibition & Conference was deemed an unqualified success, according to the organizers. Following a week of spectacular weather on the French Riviera, the annual industry event closed on an upbeat note as TFWA President Alain Maingreaud announced that a record 7,531 delegates visited the exhibition during the week, an increase of 7% […]

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair announced as keynote speaker at TFWA World Exhibition & Conference 2019

TFWA has announced that Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of The United Kingdom, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s TFWA World Exhibition & Conference. Blair will share his experience of working on the frontline of UK and international politics and offer his thoughts on Brexit, foreign policy and other pressing geopolitical matters. Blair […]

TFWA ASIA PACIFIC EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE REVIEW Despite roaring success of TR in Asia, Maingreaud warns channel must remain relevant

While Latin America’s major economies continue to decline and its duty free stores suffering as a result, the Asia Pacific region’s tourism growth rates are lapping the global average, it was announced at the 24th TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference held in the beginning of May in Singapore. The Singapore event, with another year of […]

Speakers, more sponsors announced for TFWA China’s Century Conference

Pre-registration for the 2019 TFWA China’s Century Conference, which will be held in partnership with APTRA at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Sanya, Haitang Bay from March 5-7, is now open at China Duty Free Group (CDFG), Central Japan International Airport Co. (Nagoya), Alibaba, and Lagardère Travel Retail are among those companies taking to the […]

TFWA has a new President, as Alain Maingreaud wins election to succeed Erik Juul-Mortensen

Alain Maingreaud was elected President of the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) Management Committee at a meeting in Paris earlier today, ushering in a new era for the global industry Association. He succeeds Erik Juul-Mortensen, who steps down after a 19-year tenure as President. The position will run for one year. Maingreaud won the election […]

TFWA toasts a record-breaking year for Cannes as visitor numbers top 7,000 for first time

  By all indications, TFWA organized another highly successful TFWA World Exhibition & Conference, with attendance numbers reflecting the “buoyant mood” across the conference and exhibition halls. The “buoyancy” comes from the latest confirmed Generation Research figures, showing that the global travel retail industry reported sales of US$69.3 billion in 2017, up +9.5% over the […]

TFWA World Exhibition & Conference ends on a high as numbers top records

The sun was shining in Cannes the week of the TFWA World Exhibition, both literally and figuratively. One of the most optimistic atmosphere’s in years pervaded the entire show, with attendees reporting excellent meetings. TFWA’s numbers back up the positive responses heard by TMI. Despite another schedule conflict that included China’s Golden Week, a holiday in […]