Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 23 No. 1

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TFWA to host live trade shows in Singapore and Cannes in 2022

TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen and the TFWA Board this morning announced that it will hold two important live events in 2022: the TFWA Asia Pacific show, scheduled to take place in Singapore on May 9-12, and the 2022 TFWA World Exhibition & Conference, which will return to Cannes from October 2-6. The announcement follows on the successful physical return of the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes and the MEADFA Conference in 2021.

This was Juul-Mortensen’s first zoom press conference since being re-elected as TFWA President in December. An industry icon who helmed the global industry association for nearly 20 years, Juul-Mortensen also addressed his motivations for returning to the role.

“The world has changed, the industry will have to change and is changing and TFWA will certainly also have to change,” he said.

Noting that this is an enormous task, Juul-Mortensen promised that he can devote himself full-time in order “to meet the goals and targets we have set ourselves.

“TFWA remains very committed to providing the best possibly platform for the duty free and travel retail professions to meet to conduct business, exchange views, and do so in the safest environment,” he added.

As such in 2022 TFWA will bring back these two highly anticipated events. Admitting that it is unlikely thatThe event will be revised to maximize opportunities for delegates to network both formally and informally in a safe yet business-conducive environment, and will offer extended hours and feature a physical dedicated area for the TFWA i.lab, which will present new innovations, as well as a TFWA Lounge.

Cannes will feature extended exhibition opening hours, and a return of the TFWA Lounge operating each evening from 6:30pm. TFWA says it aims to reinstate a full program of seminars, workshops and social events such as the opening cocktail at this year’s show, subject to local health restrictions.


Today’s issue of Travel Markets Insider is dominated by cruise news and personnel changes. While the travel industry continues to struggle with health and safety concerns from the coronavirus, many restrictions are beginning to ease.

CLIA responds to the CDCs anti-cruising advisory, calling it “perplexing.” Page 1.

Despite the CDC’s raised warning against cruising, the Conditional Sail Order will transition to a voluntary program on Jan. 15. Page 1.

In Brazil, the CLIA organization halted cruises through Jan. 21 as it seeks alignment with authorities on COVID-19 protocols. Page 3.

Hawaii signs new cruise travel agreements with Carnival Corp. and Norwegian Cruise Lines and welcomed its first cruise ship in nearly two years when the Grand Princess arrived from Los Angeles on Jan. 9. Page 3.

Hawaii also eases some of its travel restrictions for domestic visitors. Page 3


ACI-NA elects new Chair. Page 2.

Canadian Airports Council President Daniel-Robert Gooch steps down. Page 2.

OAG reports 2021 global airline capacity down 35% on pre-COVID levels. Page 2.

Avianca expands U.S. routes. Page 3.


TMI is delighted to announce promotions and new positions for Stacey Kehr at Vinumport; Laura Becraft at 375 Park Avenue Spirits; Elodie Thellier at Bulgari, Elena Stungis at Majorica and Edna Caballero at Euroluxe. Page 1.


Rituals awarded B Corp Certification with its “Clean, Conscious & Caring” philosophy. Page 4.

m1nd-set marks 15th anniversary with new logo and corporate identity. Page 5