The Review
The duty free & travel retail Asia Pacific Summit

Event Evaluation

The busy Exhibition, packed Conference and vibrant networking events suggest duty free and travel retail is booming in Asia Pacific, despite new data pointing to a slow-down. Hear the TFWA President discuss a remarkable week.


Exhibitor Extracts


Covering 9,817m2, this year’s Exhibition was the biggest to date. 25% of exhibitors were new to the event, a vote of confidence in the industry’s largest region. Our interviews reveal a cross-section of exhibitor opinions.


Double-digit visitor growth confirms the region’s appetite for duty free and travel retail. Many at the Exhibition expressed optimism and resolve to drive the business forwards. Gauge the mood in our sample of visitor views.


Conference & Workshops

Navigating Through Change

A new format in two morning sessions blended industry overview, geopolitical insight and a glance into the future with perspectives from three major retailers. Delegates seemed to approve, with attendance 17% up versus 2015.

Conference: Rapid Reaction

Find out what the audience made of the morning’s individual presentations. Delegates share their on-the-spot thoughts straight to camera after both plenary sessions.


Workshops: Food for Thought

Three workshops, three crucial topics: the flourishing off-airport duty free sector, the influential millennial traveller and the many external, often regulatory challenges facing the industry. Nearly 1,200 delegates attended.


Contact Cultivation

Conviviality came to the fore in a networking programme that combined sporting and social events. From tai chi on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands to dancing on Sentosa Island’s Mambo Beach, delegates mixed and mingled with brio.

Tee Shots and Tai Chi


Cocktails and Contacts

Seen at the Summit

Still photography that captures a fast-moving week: experience the atmosphere in Singapore with this portfolio of images from the event’s five days, including coverage of the Conference, Exhibition and networking programme.