THE REVIEW

THE REVIEW

2-7 OCT 2016. CANNES

PERSONALLY SPEAKING

PERSONALLY SPEAKING

Would a difficult 2016 for duty free and travel retail dampen the mood at the industry’s global summit in Cannes? TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen shares his thoughts on the Exhibition and Conference before and at the event.

BRAND VOICE

With more floorspace, brands and stands than ever before, this year’s Exhibition underlined the energy and optimism among suppliers. Discover their views on business today plus the challenges and opportunities they face.

492

companies exhibiting on 472 stands

The total stand count, a new record for Cannes, was 2.1% up on 2015.

59

new exhibitors

More than 1 in 10 exhibitors were new or returning after a break.

22,475m2

of floorspace

More space than 2015 plus 10 official boats in the Harbour Village.

Visitor
Outlook

The challenging commercial landscape saw overall visitor numbers dip slightly (-2%) versus 2015, but more came from the key industry categories. We asked a sample of professionals from around the world about their business.

4,625

operators, landlords and agents

The number of visitors from key categories rose against last year.

1,065

visitors from Asia

The event welcomed over 1,000 Asian-based visitors, a new high.

UK

+16.9%

UK-based visitors grew fastest among the top 10 nationalities.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF CANNES

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF CANNES

From dawn till dusk as seen through the eyes of a visitor to TFWA World Exhibition & Conference

conference

TFWA World Conference

A state-of-the-industry address, insight from its largest retailer, tech thoughts with a social media pioneer and geopolitical analysis by a statesman and NGO head drew a record 1,634 delegates, +8.6% on 2015. 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Hear audience reactions to the speakers’ presentations as we interview delegates outside the auditorium after the Conference.

WORKSHOPS-MARKET ANALYSIS

Russia’s rapidly changing consumer, an inflight sector battling headwinds and the latest findings from TFWA’s research programme featured respectively at three different workshops. Attendance at each rose versus last year.

NETWORKING-GETTING ACQUAINTED

Two new activities and a change of venues kept the leisure and social components of the networking programme fresh for 2016. Delegates eagerly embraced both, keen to mix with colleagues whether in trainers or evening wear.

YACHTS AND YOGA

YACHTS AND YOGA

A regatta and a yoga session were new additions this year. Find out how participants enjoyed these and the other leisure activities.

FRIENDS IN THE INDUSTRY

FRIENDS IN THE INDUSTRY

The early October timing allowed guests to enjoy a terrace at Le Premium Evening and new beach venues for The Scene and Opening Cocktail.

GALLERY – CANNES ON CAMERA

A week of action captured in some eye-catching images: these shots from the Exhibition floor, Conference auditorium and networking programme convey a sense of events in and around the Palais des Festivals during the summit.