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5 questions for… Susanna Bedford, Open Arms International

03/07/2015. Open Arms International is one of the new charities supported by TFWA Care in 2015. Its work in a remote part of Kenya is transforming the lives of displaced and orphaned children, as the organisation’s Development Manager Susanna Bedford explains.

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Testing times

12/06/2015. While France’s Côte d’Azur often manages to produce blue skies in October for the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference, this year’s event (18-23 October in Cannes) will take place under a cloudier firmament business-wise. Annual growth in global duty free and travel retail has slowed from +18% in 2011 to just +4.3% last year as cooling Asian economies combined with reduced passenger flows among higher-spending nationalities such as Russians. Few can be surprised that sales are developing at a gentler pace year-on-year, but such a swift deceleration is cause for concern. Read more


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. Read more


5 questions for… Gerdine Stappenbelt, Lovedale Foundation

09/04/2015. Our series putting the spotlight on the good causes supported by TFWA Care moves to India in this issue, as we talk to former Gerzon Duty Free executive Gerdine Stappenbelt about her support for Bangalore-based charity Lovedale Foundation. Read more


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. Read more

Conference China's Century Conference

Breadth of vision

05/02/2015. For those new to China, the country’s sheer scale and unfamiliarity can seem daunting obstacles to doing business there. Getting one’s bearings in the cultural and commercial landscape requires expert advice, as much on the broader economic context as about specific sectors. Read more

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TFWA Category Reports 2015 - Fashion & Accessories

TFWA Category Reports 2015 - Fashion & Accessories

The first edition in the new TFWA Category Reports series, featuring spending data, customer profiles and perceptions, insights and recommendations pertaining to the Fashion & Accessories category.

TFWA Airport Insight Series – Changi International Airport Singapore (2015)

TFWA Airport Insight Series – Changi International Airport

Latest edition in the TFWA Airport Insight Series, the study tracks spending patterns, conversion rates and traveller perceptions through interviews conducted at the gate.