Record numbers attend 2019 TFWA China’s Century Conference

8th March 2019, Hainan Island, China – The fourth TFWA China’s Century Conference, held in partnership with APTRA, gathered 418 delegates at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Haitang Bay on the island of Hainan.

This figure is up from 412 recorded at the last event held in 2017. The TFWA ONE2ONE service added further value for delegates, with 115 meetings taking place during the week.

The conference was co-hosted by the Departments of Commerce and Finance of Hainan Province, with the country’s leading travel retailer China Duty Free Group as Diamond Sponsor. Cartier and Interparfums were Platinum Sponsors, while Sanya Phoenix International was Official Airport.

In addition to the well-received conference content, attendees also enjoyed a comprehensive programme of social events during the course of the three-day event. The Welcome Cocktail, sponsored by Lagardère Travel Retail and Swarovski, was held at The Sand at the Shangri-La Sanya Resort & Spa, and the Gala Dinner, hosted by DFS, took place at the Grand Hyatt.

TFWA President Alain Maingreaud commented: “The fourth edition of our China event proved to be one of the best yet, thanks to the support of our hosts and sponsors, and to the excellent contributions of our invited speakers. Our sincere thanks to them and to all our delegates for joining us in Hainan, one of our industry’s most important sales locations.”

Haitang Bay, near Sanya, is home to the CDF Sanya International Duty Free Shopping Complex, the world’s largest duty free shopping centre.


Record number of exhibitors points to successful week ahead for TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference 2017

As this year’s TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference draws closer, TFWA has announced that a record number of exhibitors has been confirmed for the 2017 event which will run from 7th to 11th May 2017.

A total of 317 brand companies will be exhibiting, 76 of which are new or returning after a short break. These numbers are up from 310 exhibitors at TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference last year, an increase of 2%, and up almost 9% from 285 in 2015. The 10,300m2 exhibition space at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre has increased 5% from 9,817m2 in 2016.

This year’s exhibition has attracted several new and exciting names including fashion and accessories brand Giorgio Armani, in jewellery and watches Morellato Group, Be Relax in the category of gifts and Nanyang Brothers Tobacco Co. Ltd.

Commenting on the event, TFWA president Erik Juul-Mortensen said; “We are delighted that the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference is continuing to go from strength to strength, and our exhibitor numbers suggest we are on track for a very successful week. These figures also reflect the importance of the Asia Pacific region to our industry and underscore how it is an essential market for all brands in the duty free and travel retail sector.”

As ever there will be plenty of networking opportunities available to delegates and exhibitors at the event, including via TFWA’s ONE2ONE pre-scheduled appointment service. This will once again provide a tailor-made opportunity for retailers, exhibiting brands and service concessionaires to meet with senior executives from Asia Pacific airports and airlines, as well as those from cruise and ferry companies.

All visitors will have access to the TFWA Product Showcase, a useful web-based tool that contains a wealth of essential information about all of the must-see products, exclusive launches, and latest news from the show. A link to the Product Showcase can be found here:

The TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference 2017 pre-registration is now closed but visitors will be able to register onsite in Singapore from 7th May onwards.

Exploring the rise of mega online travel retailers

source: Segment Strategy, Pre-Sales & Consulting, Global Customer Group, Amadeus IT Group

Online travel shoppers are often oblivious to which site they use to make a purchase, whether it is a metasearch or an OTA site. This blurred line has led to the consolidation of business models for Online Travel Agencies (OTA) and metasearch sites.

And as business models diverge and business strategies evolve, some OTAs are exploring new advertising models and even buying their own marketing channels.