Asia Pacific defies the downturn

25/05/2016. A buoyant week in Singapore lifted the mood for duty free and travel retail just as new figures showed a dip in global sales for 2015. 

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The sharpest tools in the shed

07/04/2016. With 310 exhibitors and 9,800 sqm of floorspace, TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference (8-12 May in Singapore) has a lot to offer, even before factoring in the two plenary conference sessions, three industry-focused workshops and a comprehensive networking programme. To help you seize the many opportunities available, TFWA has commissioned a suite of on-screen tools.

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Asia Pacific beyond the airport

02/03/2016. For the last decade, over half of all duty free and travel retail sales globally have taken place at airports, so it’s unsurprising that airside shops are often top of mind for travellers looking to buy. Even more so in Asia Pacific, home to world-class airports like Seoul’s Incheon, Singapore Changi and Pudong in Shanghai. Recently, however, developments well beyond the airport perimeter have been making headlines in the industry’s no.1 region.

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Asia Pacific's accelerating pace of change

28/01/2016. Things rarely stand still in duty free and travel retail’s largest region, but recently the pace of change for Asia Pacific seems to have moved up a gear.

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A watershed point

08/06/2015. After several years of reliable growth driven by vibrant local economies and rising passenger numbers, the business climate for Asian duty free and travel retail has cooled in the last 12 months. Some, then, might have expected a subdued atmosphere as the industry gathered for the 20th TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference in Singapore recently.

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A competitive edge

05/03/2015. Few were surprised when, as the largest region by value, Asia Pacific took over leadership of global duty free and travel retail from Europe two years ago. Between 2008 and 2012 Asia’s turnover doubled while Europe’s, still recovering from the financial crisis, edged up just a few percent. However, winning leadership is one thing but retaining it is another, especially when growth is slowing in the region’s largest economy.

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1/ Beware of fraudulent accommodation providers
It has come to our attention that unknown third parties are calling exhibitors and visitors, supposedly on behalf of TFWA, to enquire about hotel rates or to acquire information about hotel bookings.
Please be aware that TFWA is making no such approaches to exhibitors and visitors on this issue and we strongly recommend that you exercise extreme caution should you be contacted in this way.
Who are they?
Show participants have reported falling victim to fraudulent accommodation providers using names such as
Corporate Booking Services - CBS International, Global Housing Services, Corp., Gold Exhibitions, EU Convention Bureau, Concierge Plus Group, Global Living Group, The Ultimate Living Group, Riviera Network, Business travel International, Expo Travel Group, Splendor Global, Universal Shows, Universal Events, Premier Destinations, Euro-Events, Biz Trade Shows, Go Fair Ltd, World Expo Plus, Expo Pros, Euro Concierge Net, Originata Events or Euro Events Expo (this is not an exhaustive list).
How can you avoid these frauds?
Before making any commitment with an unknown accommodation provider, we recommend that you:
- Check thoroughly all documentation from the provider. In France, all property rental and travel agencies must be licensed and hold a bank guarantee and civil liability insurance. These details must appear on all company documentation including the website. 
- Be wary of our logos on accommodation providers’ websites. The TFWA name and event titles are sometimes used unlawfully.
- Book through our exclusive hotel booking platform where you can benefit from special hotel rates.
How do the frauds work?
- A fraudulent venture repeatedly emails our show participants with accommodation offers for the event.
- Their website and/or emails feature our show name and logos, creating an impression of authenticity.
- They promote attractive deals with local accommodation providers.
- Once payment has been received, the ‘company’ generally disappears and can no longer be contacted.
Please also note that bookings made through the official hotel reservation platform are absolutely secure.
2/ Beware of the fraudulent listing services "Expo guide" and "International Fairs Directory"
We would also like to warn exhibitors, should they be contacted by companies named "Expo Guide" or "International Fairs Directory", that they are online listing services and are in no way affiliated with TFWA or its official exhibition guide. The use of our association name and show name by these companies has been made without our authorization. We therefore urge exhibitors to be cautious and encourage them to contact us when receiving these types of solicitations from unfamiliar sources.
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