World no.1 travel retailer China Duty Free Group is the main partner for the forthcoming TFWA Asia Pacific Hainan Special Edition (21st-24th June) organised with the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association. Confectionery giant Mondelez World Travel Retail has been named Diamond Partner. Delegates can register at www.tfwa.com until 10th June for what promises to be a landmark digital event.
If any reminder were needed of Hainan’s importance to duty free and travel retail, it came with the news that first-quarter offshore duty free sales there rose more than fourfold versus 2020 to US$2.1bn. Sales success in Hainan, where CDFG is the leading retailer with five locations including its benchmark CDF Mall, has been a central factor in the company’s rise to the global top spot. CDFG President Charles Chen will join the heads of four other major retailers, including Platinum Sponsor Lagardère Travel Retail, for the first plenary session entitled ‘Leading from the front’ on 22 June.
“Asia Pacific will play a key role in the channel’s recovery and we are focused on delivering against our commitment of ‘Delighting Travellers’”, said Richard Houseago from Mondelez WTR, referring to the brand-owner’s partnership with TFWA Asia Pacific Hainan Special Edition. Travellers currently seek trusted brand names with heritage, and Houseago, who is Head of Customer Marketing, revealed that Mondelez has reinforced its core Toblerone, Cadbury, Milka and Oreo ranges.
Other companies supporting the online event include Alibaba Group affiliate Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, which has recently started operating cargo flights between Hainan and Singapore, and Duty Free Global, both Platinum Sponsors. Altavia Travel Retail is a Gold Sponsor, while TFWA’s ONE2ONE meeting service, which will be on hand to bring together potential partners virtually, is being sponsored by Brown-Forman and Les Chocolats de Pauline.