The TFWA World Conference will take place from 9:00 until 11:45 in the Grand Auditorium and will open with an address from TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen, who will welcome delegates to Cannes and share his views on the state of the duty free and travel retail industry.
Delegates will then hear from this year’s keynote speaker, American journalist and author Bob Woodward, who has been awarded two Pulitzer Prizes, one in 1973 for his investigative reporting on the Watergate scandal and another in 2003 for his work as a lead reporter on coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He is a best-selling author who has written about nine US Presidents, the CIA, and the Supreme Court among other subjects, giving him a unique perspective on US and global politics.
Also joining the programme is professor and author Erin Meyer, author of ‘The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business’, who also co-authored New York Times best-seller ‘No Rules Rules’. She will address topics including leadership, business trends, diversity, and the future of work. Economist, entrepreneur and author Dr. Pippa Malmgren, who served as a special assistant to US President George W. Bush and as a non-executive board member of the Department of International Trade in the UK, will share her expertise on themes including geopolitical risks and trends, economic policy, Brexit, and tech innovation. Respected journalist and broadcaster Stephen Sackur will return as the conference moderator.
The popular TFWA Airport Forum workshop will return to Cannes this year, taking place at the Majestic Hotel on Tuesday at 8:00am, during which delegates will hear the findings of ACI’s ANARA working group on the future for non-aeronautical revenues. The session will also explore the conclusions of an exclusive report commissioned by TFWA from global consultant Kearney on how the duty free and travel retail sector can ensure it remains an attractive investment opportunity for brands and retailers. A second workshop on the ‘Duty Free: Trusted, Transparent, Secure’ anti-illicit trade campaign will be held from 8:00am on Wednesday, also at the Majestic Hotel.
Meanwhile, TFWA i.lab will be housed in a new location in the Golden Village inside the Palais des Festivals. TFWA i.lab is an ideas hub that provides a forum for fresh thinking about all aspects of the traveller experience and showcases innovative ways to engage the travelling consumer.
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