Social events

Many regulars at TFWA World Exhibition & Conference find the social programme with its relaxed gatherings a valuable complement to more formal meetings. Whether you want to expand your contacts or enjoy yourself with industry colleagues, opportunities for both abounded at these events.

Opening Cocktail

Sunday 18 October
19:30 -

The official start to the week was also the ideal occasion to catch up with old friends in duty free and travel retail plus make some new ones. A superb firework display generously provided by the City of Cannes rounded off the evening in style.

The Scene

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 October 
from 22:00 to 02:00 -
Gare maritime

If you like your music mixed as skilfully as your drinks, The Scene was the place for you. The favourite haunt of those in search of some inter-industry, after-hours party action featured discerning DJs and masterly mixologists.  

DJ Maggy manned the decks on Monday and Wednesday, with DJ Micky taking over for Tuesday and Thursday.

Le Premium Evening

Thursday 22 October
20:00 -
Port Canto

The social highpoint of the week saw duty free and travel retail don its finery for a feast of the senses.

Guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner prepared by award-winning chef Davide Oldani, creator of ‘Cucina POP’ with its focus on simplicity, quality and innovation*.

Afterwards, Cirque Eloize from Montreal presented a stunning blend of music, movement and artistry guaranteed to delight and excite. 

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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
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, 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.


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