At a time when established norms are being challenged as never before, the factors on which our industry depends – political and trading stability, free movement and consumer confidence – appear under threat. TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen looked at the implications for our industry in Asia Pacific, exploring recent developments in the market and assessing the prospects for growth.
The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) is active in defending the interests of the regional industry. President Jaya Singh updated delegates on the key issues facing the business in Asia Pacific, touching on efforts to define and communicate its economic value to the wider travel industry.
Our keynote speakers this year explored how businesses can drive growth amid a changeable political and economic climate.
Professor Anil Gupta is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and globalization. Author of several acclaimed books including The Quest for Global Dominance, Getting China and India Right and The Silk Road Rediscovered, he is one of the world’s most influential management thinkers. He explored the rise of Asia at a time of global flux, examining the economic and geopolitical factors that will affect the region’s future growth. He also addressed advances in technology, and their influence on tomorrow’s consumer.
Rafidah Aziz served as Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry for 21 years from 1987 to 2008, and is regarded as an authority on regional and global trade. As the world enters a period of intense, delicate negotiations between nations and trading blocs, she examined the future for regional economic integration, and assessed the implications for trade and free movement.
Having joined Alibaba in 2000 and going on to play a key role in the company’s development, he has a unique insight into one of the retail world’s greatest success stories.
Andrea addressed recent developments in the regional duty free market, outlining how his company is adapting its approach to cater to Asian customers’ changing needs and expectations.