Anticipation around TFWA World Exhibition & Conference continues to grow, with 50 travel retailers now confirming their intention to visit the exhibition halls of the event taking place from 24th to 28th October, health situation permitting. A total of 8,000sqm of exhibition floor space has also been secured so far to host the world’s leading duty free and travel retail brands in Cannes.
Those attending this year’s event will be able to benefit from the new Hosted Buyer Programme. The initiative will see TFWA provide financial assistance and additional support to industry partners, enabling brands and retailers to reconnect and make the most of their visit. Companies registered under the Hosted Buyer Programme to date include DFS Group, Inflight Sales Group, Lagardère Travel Retail, Shilla Duty Free, NAA Retailing, Qatar Duty Free and 3Sixty Duty Free.
Renowned brands and retailers joining the growing list of those intending to attend TFWA World Exhibition & Conference include Dubai Duty Free, Bacardi Global Travel Retail and Quintessential Brands in wine & spirits, and Rituals Cosmetics in perfumes & cosmetics.
“It’s been a long time since our industry was able to gather together, and we at Dubai Duty Free are looking forward to this year’s TFWA World Exhibition even more than usual. The event is an opportunity for all of us to plan the recovery together, and our company is determined to play our role in that recovery. We look forward to sharing our plans with our suppliers in Cannes” said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Dubai Duty Free
“Bacardi is in the business of bringing people together and celebrating moments that matter. Nothing beats meeting our retail partners at the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes and we believe the TFWA is taking all the right steps in 2021 to ensure the health and safety of visitors to the event in October. The Bacardi GTR leadership team looks forward to being there at this pivotal moment for travel retail and to discuss growth strategies, especially the omnichannel opportunity for travel retail to reinvent itself, welcoming travellers back as they return, with new levels of engagement and exciting experiences” said Vinay Golikeri, Managing Director, Bacardi Global Travel Retail.
“Rituals has been participating at TFWA World Exhibition & Conference for eight years now. We’re looking forward to meeting new and existing partners face to face at this year’s exhibition, and the opportunity to network with other stakeholders to exchange ideas and rebuild the industry together. Online meetings have changed the way people do business and travel – however, some things cannot be replaced by meeting in front of a computer screen. That’s particularly true for Rituals; our customers need to try our products and experience our philosophy firsthand. Recovery may take time, but there is light at the end of the tunnel” said Neil Ebbutt, Director Global Travel Retail, Rituals Cosmetics
“Meeting face to face and engaging with our clients is the most important thing for us this year, and TFWA World Exhibition & Conference is the perfect way to network and discuss business with the whole travel industry under one roof. We feel it is not only imperative to support TFWA, but also to embrace this opportunity to speak to our buyers and plan for the new travel landscape that will emerge once the pandemic passes” said Oliver Storrie, Global Travel Retail Manager, Quintessential Brands
“Exhibitor and travel retailer numbers for TFWA World Exhibition & Conference continue to grow at a rapid pace, and we welcome the support from Dubai Duty Free, Bacardi Global Travel Retail, Quintessential Brands, Rituals Cosmetics and the many other companies intending to join us at the event.
“We are conscious of the constraints still in place for our industry partners in Asia wishing to travel to Cannes. We are also fully aware that restrictions will mean some companies may be attending TFWA World Exhibition & Conference with smaller teams than usual this year. Nevertheless, we have a mandate to do everything in our power to make this event happen, and our teams are working around the clock to ensure we offer our industry partners every opportunity to attend”, says Jaya Singh, TFWA President.