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 […]

John Rimmer named TFWA managing director as Maingreaud chooses a part time role

John Rimmer, TFWA conference, research and corporate affairs director, has been named TFWA managing director, effective Oct. 1. Rimmer succeeds Alain Maingreaud, who has held the position since 2010. Maingreaud will be assuming a new part-time position as associate director, with a view to undertaking some personal projects. As associate director, Maingreaud will report to […]

TFWA marks 70th anniversary of duty free with major promotional initiative

As readers of TMI may have noticed, we have begun running a series of advertisements highlighting the contributions that the travel retail industry makes to the travel industry and the wider economy. The campaign was created by industry association TFWA to mark the 70th anniversary of the duty free industry this year. The global campaign, which will be […]

TFWA president Erik Juul-Mortensen honored at the Singapore Tourism Awards

Erik Juul-Mortensen has been named Best Business Event Champion at this year’s Singapore Tour-ism Awards, organized by the Singapore Tourism Board. The Best Business Event Champion award celebrates individuals from a trade or professional association whose contributions have had a significant impact on the development of the business events industry in Singapore. Juul-Mortensen was honored […]

TFWA reports: Confectionery a key driver of footfall and conversion

The TFWA Category Report on confectionery highlights the important role that confectionery plays in attracting customers to duty free and travel retail across all categories. The Report, which is part of the TFWA Category Reports series, was produced by Counter Intelligence Retail based on approximately 1,000 shopper interviews conducted at four key airports across the globe. […]

TFWA Board election

The election of the 37 members of the TFWA management committee took place during the week of Cannes, and the results were approved unanimously at the Annual General Meeting on Oct. 6. New board members are Bacardi Global Travel Retail’s Aude Bourdier-Rocourt as vice president commercial, Gerry Munday from Furla SPA as vice president marketing, andLuxottica Group’s Francis Gros as vice president […]

Dufry’s Julián Díaz González, former UK foreign secretary David Miliband and social media pioneer Randi Zuckerberg to top bill at Cannes

TFWA has announced that Dufry CEO Julián Díaz González will address delegates at this year’s TFWA World Exhibition & Conference. As head of a business that is one of the most significant players in the global duty free and travel retail industry, Díaz will be offering a unique perspective on the industry during this period of its evolution. […]