2015 Programme

As ever, this year’s TFWA World Conference will provide delegates in Cannes with a unique opportunity to hear from some of the political and business leaders who shape the context in which the duty free & travel retail industry operates. Last year more than 1,350 delegates gathered in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals to hear addresses from former US Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell and Air France-KLM CEO Alexandre de Juniac. Steered once again by moderator Stephen Sackur (HARDTalk, BBC World), this year’s programme promises to be equally stimulating.

In addition to the plenary conference on the morning of Monday October 19, TFWA will host two morning workshops at the Hotel Majestic on Tuesday and Wednesday (8 – 9am). The first, Market Watch: South Korea, will focus on one of our industry’s most important markets at a time of rapid development in the airport and downtown retail sectors. The second, Inflight Focus, will update delegates on the latest trends in the inflight retail channel, featuring senior representatives from airlines and concessionaires.

Keep an eye on TFWA.com for further details of the conference and workshops programme. 


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
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, Euro Concierge Net 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 service "Expo guide"
We would also like to warn exhibitors that should they be contacted by a company named Expo Guide, that it is an online listing service and is in no way affiliated with TFWA or its official exhibition guide. The use of our association name and show name by this company 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.