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.
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.
The total stand count, a new record for Cannes, was 2.1% up on 2015.
More than 1 in 10 exhibitors were new or returning after a break.
More space than 2015 plus 10 official boats in the Harbour Village.
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.
The number of visitors from key categories rose against last year.
The event welcomed over 1,000 Asian-based visitors, a new high.
UK-based visitors grew fastest among the top 10 nationalities.
From dawn till dusk as seen through the eyes of a visitor to TFWA World Exhibition & 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.
Hear audience reactions to the speakers’ presentations as we interview delegates outside the auditorium after the Conference.
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.
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.
A regatta and a yoga session were new additions this year. Find out how participants enjoyed these and the other leisure activities.
The early October timing allowed guests to enjoy a terrace at Le Premium Evening and new beach venues for The Scene and Opening Cocktail.