THE REVIEW

7-11 MAY 2017. SINGAPORE

THE DUTY FREE & TRAVEL RETAIL
ASIA PACIFIC SUMMIT

IN SUMMARY

IN SUMMARY

TFWA Board Members reflect on the Exhibition’s positive atmosphere, fascinating but contrasting Conference speakers, networking events that ranged from formal to fun and why this was yet another successful event.

EXHIBITOR ANGLES

 

With floorspace at the venue exceeding 10,000 square metres for the first time, a sample of exhibitors share their thoughts on current business conditions in duty free and travel retail’s most dynamic regional market.

10,254m²

of floorspace

The Exhibition footprint grew +4% vs 2016 to a new all-time high.

76

new exhibitors

Nearly 1 in 4 exhibitors were new or returning after a break.

316

companies took stands

The record exhibitor count included established and emerging brands.

VISITOR
PERSPECTIVES

For the first time, over 3,000 duty free and travel retail professionals visited the show. Passenger growth underpins regional development, but progress varies across markets and product categories, as these visitors reveal.

+17.8%

Operators and landlords

The 1,273 key buyers formed the largest visitor category in 2017.

+11.7%

Korean visitors

Despite a difficult home market, Korean visitor numbers rose markedly.

3,087

visitors

The record number of visitors represents a +6% increase on 2016.

CONFERENCE

 

RE-IGNITING OUR INDUSTRY

The record audience enjoyed a programme including lucid analysis of Asia’s economy, an ex-minister’s plea for market-led policy, an insider’s account of e-commerce giant Alibaba and a travel retailer’s view of the region.

WORKSHOPS: DISCUSSION POINTS

Three well-attended workshops examined Japan’s downtown and airport duty free renaissance, inspiring loyalty among customers who have never had more choice, and the challenges, both internal and external, facing our industry.

WORKSHOPS: PARTICIPANT THOUGHTS

WORKSHOPS: PARTICIPANT THOUGHTS

Audience members react to the speakers’ presentations at Workshop A, which looked at the resurgent Japanese market and the strategies that airports, retailers and brands are adopting to attract traveller spend.

NETWORKING: INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

A mix of sporting and social events gave ample opportunity to network away from the show floor. The response was enthusiastic with evening participation up almost +20% over 2016 while both tai chi and golf also proved popular.

ACTIVE ENJOYMENT

ACTIVE ENJOYMENT

Whether 57 floors up on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands or with both feet firmly planted on the fairway of a superb golf course, participants visibly enjoyed the leisure activities.

SOCIABLE SUMMITRY

SOCIABLE SUMMITRY

Guests at the Welcome Cocktail, mid-week Chill-Out Party (supported by Lacoste and House of Sillage) and closing Singapore Swing Party discuss the secret of successful networking.

GALLERY: PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE

Arresting images from the Conference room, Workshops, Exhibition floor and networking events tell the story of another lively, productive week for duty free and travel retail in the heart of its leading region by turnover.