My first exhibition

Exhibiting at TFWA World Exhibition & Conference for the first time can be a daunting experience, but if you are well prepared and aware of all the opportunities on offer, it should be a very successful week. Below are some top tips for new exhibitors.

Exhibition venue:

Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
1 boulevard de la croisette
F - 06414 CANNES Cedex

Book your hotel and flights early

Flights to Cannes and hotels sell out very early for TFWA World Exhibition & Conference. To take advantage of the best deals and to make sure you can stay somewhere convenient, book well in advance of the show.
Air France-KLM offers special discounts to TFWA World Exhibition & Conference visitors.

Understand technical, logistics and staffing requirements

Creating the right stand for your space, ensuring your products reach TFWA World Exhibition & Conference on time and having a well staffed stand are crucial to a successful show.

Plan meetings well in advance

You are far more likely to have a successful show if you have a full schedule of meetings prepared in advance rather than relying on ad hoc appointments throughout the week. TFWA distributes a list of pre-registered visitors to exhibitors, allowing them to make contact early.

Register for private meetings with the show’s official exhibitors

A core feature of TFWA World Exhibition & Conference is the opportunity for private meetings with the 500 official exhibitors showcasing thousands of brands. Registering your interest with ONE2ONE, TFWA's dedicated meetings service, will enable to you request appointments with the exhibiting companies that interest you.

Familiarise yourself with available services

TFWA offers a range of on-site services to make TFWA World Exhibition & Conference less stressful for exhibitors, including a dedicated TFWA Lounge with full concierge service, complimentary snacks and drinks and internet access. Knowing what services are available could save you valuable time during a busy week.

Use additional opportunities for exposure around TFWA World Exhibition & Conference

There are several opportunities to further promote your company and brands in the run up to and during TFWA World Exhibition & Conference. Using these will help maximise your presence at the exhibition.

Take advantage of networking opportunities

As well as preparing to take advantage of the impressive business potential of TFWA World Exhibition & Conference, take time to look at the schedule of leisure activities and social events. Sometimes the best contacts are made away from your stand!

Learn more about the duty free and travel retail industry

Monday morning is a busy time for exhibitors, but attending the opening conference will give you insights into the macro-economic factors affecting the global travel-retail market. And dedicated workshops throughout the week will keep you up to speed with key regions, channels and issues affecting the trade.


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, Capital Exhibitions, 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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