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TFWA’s official statement

05/10/2015. Despite Saturday night’s devastating storm and floods, thanks to the professionalism of our local partners, the City of Cannes and the Palais des Festivals, TFWA WORLD EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE 2015 will take place as planned from 18-23 October. Read more


The new face of Care

05/10/2015. Founded in 2005, TFWA Care is the Association’s initiative to support humanitarian organisations and charities that help vulnerable people – women and children especially – build better lives. Until now, coverage of the work TFWA Care does has been limited to an area within the ‘Association’ section of, but things are changing. Read more


Packed programme

21/09/2015. Planning will be vital to get the most from a packed programme at this year’s TFWA World Exhibition & Conference. With so much on offer, from Sunday morning’s leisure activities through the Conference, Exhibition, social events and Workshops right through to midday on Friday, when the Palais des Festivals doors close, organisation will be key. Read more


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. Read more


Plenty to discuss

04/09/2015. With devaluations and stock market volatility in China, the reappearance of MERS and a press outcry over VAT at UK airports, the summer has provided plenty to discuss at TFWA World Exhibition & Conference (18-23 October in Cannes). Luckily, duty free and travel retail’s global summit has ample scope for debate and exchange. Read more


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

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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.