Social events

Prized by many as duty free and travel retail’s ultimate networking forum, the social programme at TFWA World Exhibition & Conference offers a mix of formal and relaxed events. Enrich your contacts and spread the word for your business or simply relax with industry colleagues – you choose.

Opening Cocktail

Sunday 2 October
19:30 -
Carlton Hotel

Get the week underway over a glass with familiar faces and fresh contacts in a setting that captures the glamour of the Croisette. Fireworks over the bay, courtesy of the City of Cannes, bring added sparkle to a stylish evening.

Dress code: smart / Entrance by invitation only
For security reasons and to adhere to Vigipirate controls, delegates are required to present their invitation at the entrance (please note business cards are not acceptable).
Part of the full-delegate package
A shuttle service will operate from all major hotels

The Scene


Monday 3 to Thursday 6 October 
from 22:00 to 02:00 - 
Plage du Palais des Festivals

Duty free and travel retail’s favourite nightspot heads to a new home for 2016. Expect a fresh, festive ambiance and the call of the ocean as you party to a sound skilfully curated by our DJs. Or simply enjoy an after-hours drink with friends and colleagues in a setting unique to the Côte d’Azur.

Please note that, for safety reasons and due to security controls in front of the Palais des Festivals, delegates wishing to enter The Scene, will be required to show their entry pass at the entrance, or their TFWA badge if they wish to buy daily passes directly at The Scene.

Order your tickets online before 29 September and benefit from preferential pricing. Daily passes are also available online this year!

Le Premium Evening

Thursday 6 October
20:00 -
Port Canto

This spectacular finale to the week’s networking blends exquisite cuisine with the passion of Cuban dance.

Stéphanie Le Quellec has already won a Michelin star at the Prince de Galles in Paris. She aims for simplicity and authenticity in a cooking style inspired by the flavours of Provence and provides the savoir-faire behind the evening’s sumptuous fare. Ballet Revolución’s powerful fusion of contemporary and street dance with ballet is fuelled by a musical cocktail of R&B, hip-hop and fiery Latin-American rhythms. Expect energy, exuberance and sensuality on stage.

Dress code: Black Tie / Entrance by invitation only
For security reasons and to Vigipirate controls, delegates are required to present their invitation at the entrance (please note business cards are not acceptable).
Part of the full-delegate package.

Book your table before Wednesday 6 October, 18.00 at Le Premium Evening desk, Palais des Festivals (Level 1).

A shuttle service will operate from all major hotels

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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
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 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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