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MEADFA Conference update

24/08/2017. This year’s MEADFA Conference (20-21 November) will be held in the Lebanese capital, Beirut. The Phoenicia Hotel, a city landmark for over half a century, will host the event under the patronage of Lebanon’s Minister of Tourism, Avedis Guidanian, who will be among the guest speakers.

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Finding the way forwards

06/12/2016. In a part of the world facing its fair share of challenges, opportunities are still plentiful for those with a positive, proactive outlook. That was the message from a stimulating 2016 MEADFA Conference held recently in Dubai where, despite slower growth across the region, nearly 500 delegates gathered.

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MEADFA Conference 2015 in review

26/11/2015. The 2015 MEADFA Conference, held at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre on the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan, brought together 342 delegates to hear some excellent addresses and presentations from high-level speakers from within and beyond our industry. Retailers and landlords made up nearly 30% of the total audience, with most of the Middle East and Africa’s leading operators in attendance.

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Making waves at MEADFA

04/11/2015. Like the passengers it serves, duty free and travel retail rarely stands still, but the market is changing faster than usual at present. Alongside the fallout from economic and political shifts, industry consolidation and the growth of mobile, the geographical tide is turning. One major beneficiary is the Middle East, where passenger traffic rose +10.6% over the first half according to ACI. Increasingly seen as a global aviation hub, the region now has world-class airport infrastructure and retailers to match. Factor in the rapid advance of Africa’s duty free and travel retail sector, and it’s clear why this part of the world is attracting industry attention.

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Where the action is

14/09/2015. If Asia has held duty free and travel retail’s attention recently, overtaking Europe as the largest region by sales while its travellers shape airport and downtown retail around the world, it’s actually the Middle East and Africa that are showing the strongest growth at present. This region may not yet rival Asia Pacific’s turnover but certainly punches above its weight, something that Dubai’s replacement of Heathrow as the world’s busiest airport for international traffic clearly demonstrates.

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The MEADFA Conference 2017