Social events

As duty free and travel retail’s largest gathering, TFWA World Exhibition & Conference offers a unique opportunity to socialise with influential industry figures. The week-long networking programme provides a mix of events. Add to your contacts and enhance your profile or just relax with colleagues – it’s your call.

Opening Cocktail

Opening Cocktail

Sunday 1 October
19:30 -
Carlton Beach

Guests eased gently into the week ahead over a glass with friendly faces and fresh contacts in an idyllic beach setting. Traditionally one of the most popular events in the Cannes calendar, the evening was rounded off with fireworks over the bay, a generous gesture from the City of Cannes.

Dress code: smart
Entrance by invitation only - Part of the full-delegate package
A shuttle service operated from all major hotels

The Scene

The Scene

Monday 2 to Thursday 5 October
from 22:00 to 02:00 - Plage du Palais des Festivals

The ideal place to unwind following a busy day’s work at the show. Delegates partied on the dancefloor to the sounds mixed by our expert DJs or kicked back and enjoyed a drink with friends in a relaxing lounge ambience. The beach location and ocean views will added to the after-hours fun.

Entry tickets compulsory. Tickets can be purchased on-site at the Scene desk (Palais des Festivals, Level 1) or directly at the entrance.



Le Premium Evening

Thursday 5 October
20:00 -
Port Canto

Duty free and travel retail dressed up for an evening of glamour, gastronomic excellence and world-class entertainment. The culmination of the week’s networking took place amidst the superyachts in Cannes’ smartest marina. After a sumptuous gala dinner, guests enjoyed the topflight musical talent that only an internationally renowned performer can provide.

Dress code: Black Tie
Entrance by invitation only - Part of the full-delegate package
A shuttle service operated 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, 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.
TFWA World Exhibition & Conference Exhibition Directory
TFWA Digital Village


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