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14/03/2013. After two days rich in encounters, exchange and analysis, the inaugural “China’s Century” conference ended in Beijing on 7 March. And while many who work in duty free like to travel light, the 372 delegates in attendance left with bags overflowing with notes and business cards accumulated during their stay.

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Beyond the numbers

15/02/2013. 800 million people wanting to travel internationally, 600 new airliners on order and 20 airports each with 10 million passengers a year or more: as Peter Harbison, chairman of CAPA – Centre for Aviation, put it during the Market Watch Workshop in Cannes last October, “Everything is multiplied by 10 in China”.

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Making the meeting

18/01/2013. Delegates at “China’s Century”, the ground-breaking conference on Chinese duty free and travel retail in Beijing this March, will mix with some of the most influential figures in Chinese duty free and travel retail during two full days of briefings, debate and networking. 

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From snapshot to portrait

15/01/2013. Chinese travellers are having a profound effect on global duty free and travel retail, both through their numbers (over 50 million overseas trips annually and counting) and spend (estimated to exceed $80bn in 2012). Building up a clear picture of how they shop is essential for any ambitious brand-owner, yet for many the Chinese traveller remains an enigma.

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Making sense of the market

10/12/2012. Few markets excite duty-free and travel-retail executives more than China. The potent mix of rapidly-rising incomes, a growing taste for travel and a hankering for luxury brands has undeniable attractions, but the country’s unfamiliarity can frustrate outsiders.

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Countdown to Beijing

16/11/2012. Some of the most influential figures in Chinese duty free and travel retail feature in a powerful speaker line-up for the forthcoming conference organised jointly by TFWA and APTRA (Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association).

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China in mind

18/09/2012. With an economy expected to outweigh America’s in 2016 and a fast-growing taste for travel, China is top of mind for many TFWA members. The Association’s strategy this year has reflected this, from the China focus of the TFWA Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition in May to the Wednesday morning workshop (“China, Russia & Brazil Market Watch”) at this year’s TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes and the “East Meets West” session of November’s MEDFA Conference.

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Centre Stage : China & The Chinese Consumer

10/07/2012. The Chinese market has for several years been very much in the sights of TFWA, its board and management committee. The idea of a conference in China was first discussed - and even announced - by TFWA in 2006, but did not materialize for a number of reasons. It is now a reality.

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