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TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition and Conference: Global retail giants gather

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Singapore hosts the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference, attracting major retailers and brands for a week of innovation and networking.

A substantial number of retailers, brands, airports, and landlords from all corners of the globe have confirmed their attendance at the upcoming TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference in Singapore.

As the Asia Pacific region returns to strength, a large cohort of Chinese retailers and airports, which were absent from the 2023 event, have confirmed they’ll be there. Additionally, global and regional duty-free distributors across a broad spectrum of product categories are set to attend with substantial delegations.

For the first time, this year’s TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition will open on the same day as the conference, setting the stage for a dynamic week brimming with opportunities to explore industry innovations.

In addition, the return of TFWA i.lab Asia, on level 1 of the Marina Bay Sands, will offer delegates the chance to immerse themselves in the innovative concepts shaping the future of customer experience.

This year’s TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference will boast a refreshed event program, featuring a range of learning and networking elements.

TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference will present numerous opportunities for participants to meet and connect in person. The TFWA ONE2ONE personalised meeting service will provide a platform for formal meetings between eligible exhibitors, retailers, landlords, agents and distributors, with onsite facilities available from Monday to Thursday.

Attendees can also anticipate a wealth of insights during two workshops taking place during the event. The first of these, ‘China Watch’, in partnership with Xiaohongshu, will be moderated by TFWA’s Chief China Representative Hannah Gao and will take place from 8 to 9am on Tuesday, 14th May and will explore the latest developments and opportunities in the region, current digital trends and the consumption behaviour of Chinese travellers. The session will feature insights from Ma Yan, General Manager at Sino-Singapore Chongqing Airport Commercial Management Co. Ltd.; Matt Liao, Senior Vice President of Brand and Marketing at China Duty Free Group; and Keith Chen, General Manager of Global Travel Retail, Luxury Jewelry, and Fashion Accessories Business Group at Little Red Book.

The second workshop, ‘Decoding Today’s Dwell Time’, is scheduled for 8 to 9am on Wednesday, 15th May during which the audience will hear from Stephen Hillam, Managing Director of Pi Insight, on the latest data on Asian shoppers from their Global Shopper Series, and Siddharth Pathak, Senior Partner at Kearney, who will present the latest findings on the factors that keep customers engaged. The session will be moderated by TFWA Conference Director Michele Miranda.

The Changi Airport Group is the official host of this year’s TFWA Asia Pacific Conference, while China Duty Free Group will be the event’s diamond sponsor.

The strong roster of prominent brands, retailers, airports, and landlords committed to TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference is highly encouraging, with the list continuing to grow. This diverse mix, which includes both long-standing attendees and newcomers, underscores the event’s significance in duty free and travel retail. We eagerly anticipate yet another successful gathering in Singapore and look forward to extending a warm welcome to all delegates.“, said Erik Juul-Mortensen, TFWA President.

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