The TFWA China’s Century Conference will be held from March 7-9 in Guangzhou.
Following welcoming addresses from TFWA president Erik Juul-Mortensen (pictured) and APTRA president Jaya Singh, some of the most influential figures from China’s duty free and travel retail sector will share their thoughts and experiences of this fast changing and important market, says TFWA.
These include senior figures from major operators such as China Duty Free Group president Charles Chen, DFS chairman and CEO Philippe Schaus, Lagardère Travel Retail Asia Pacific COO Emmanuel de Place, King Power Group (Hong Kong) managing director Sunil Tuli, Bally CEO Frédéric de Narp and Guo Zhiqiang, chief marketing officer of China Southern Airlines Company.
A significant number of China’s leading airports will also be attending, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Xi’an, Xiamen, Liaoning, Qingdao, Yichang and Zhejiang, as well as host airport itself, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Airports from other cities include Incheon, Amsterdam and Sydney.
The TFWA says there will be speeches from experts on the Chinese retail environment and its consumers, which will explore the key emerging trends and the impact of new technology.
These will include Chinese entrepreneurs, authors and academics such as Helen Wang, author, consultant and founder of The Helen Wang Group, Dr Edward Tse, founder and CEO of Gao Feng Advisory Company and Alvin Wang Graylin, one of China’s serTFWA will also be shining a spotlight on the burgeoning Chinese cruise market in a session led by Michael Feely, vice president of research company Horizon Consumer Science and Starboard Cruise Services vice president and general manager Asia, Emily Wong.
TFWA’s One2One meeting service, which facilitates meetings between the industry’s airports, concessionaires and brands, ensures that the business continues outside the conference sessions, while a comprehensive social events programme will enable delegates to take advantage of less formal networking opportunities.
The event will commence on day one with an opening cocktail at the W Hotel Guangzhou, the first W hotel in mainland China. On the second evening, there is a gala dinner in the Onyx ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Official sponsors of the event include platinum sponsors Lagardère Travel Retail, China Duty Free Group and Interparfums. Other sponsors are DFS Group for the gala dinner on Wednesday, and Furla and Incheon Airport for the lunches on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
The five-star Four Seasons Hotel will offer a preferential rate for delegates of TFWA China’s Century Conference. Pre-registration for the event has been extended until February 15. Further details on all aspects of the show, including TFWA’s ONE2ONE meeting service, hotel accommodation and business visa applications, can be found at www.tfwa.com.