Annual WiTR meet-up to take place during Virtual TR Expo

With the cancellation of TFWA’s flagship event in Cannes this year, the Women in Travel Retail networking organization lost the venue for its major meeting and money-raising event of the year.

For 2020, The Moodie Davitt Report has kindly offered WiTR a slot for an event during their Virtual Travel Retail Expo – which will also provide an opportunity to raise some funds for Impact HK, the designated charity for this year, which was nominated by Erin Lillis and chosen by members’ vote earlier in 2020.

The WiTR event will be on October 15 and will allow members from most time zones to join – whether over breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. The WiTR team requests that members put it in your diary now: 0700 USA/Canada East Coast, 1200 noon UK BST, 1300 Central European Time, 1600 Middle East, 1900 Asia.

“We think that this covers most of our membership but hope that any who have to join us at their own unsocial hour will speak up loudly during the event and let us know,” said the team in their announcement.

The meeting will take the form of a get-together and a quiz with “renowned quizmaster”

Gerry Munday, but will open with an introduction by Impact HK’s founder –  Jeff Rotmeyer. It’s a moving story that started with initial acts of kindness.

There is no charge to join the event, but WiTR asks that those of you who are able to do so make a voluntary donation of a minimum of  €10/  £10/  $10 via the WiTR website (please write Impact HK in the ‘notes’ section of your donation).

This will go to Impact HK and be added to the donations promised by FILTR, who is generously donating 5% of its income as a partner in the Virtual Travel Retail Expo to Impact HK.

After Jeff Rotmeyer’s introduction and a few snippets of news from WiTR member who want to contribute, WiTR will run a quiz for which there is no entry fee and some fabulous prizes for the three winners.  First prize will be a stunning, beautifully crafted handbag by Coccinelle with Amazon vouchers donated by WiTR as second (£100) and third (£50) prizes.

It was also agreed that Impact HK will also be the WiTR charity for 2021 when hopefully we will all be in Cannes and the major event we usually hold will be possible and successful as always.

Please log on to the WiTR website in order to become member and/or donate to the charity if you have not already done so.

Details for the Zoom meeting are available in the members invitation. TMI readers can contact Lois Pasternak at for more information.