Air France-KLM CEO to speak at TFWA Cannes

13 August, 2014

The Tax Free World Association has announced Air France-KLM CEO Alexandre de Juniac will speak at the opening conference of its Cannes exhibition in October.

Staged at the Palais des Festivals, Juniac will address the challenges facing the airline business amid fluctuating trading conditions, as Air France-KLM seeks to build on its position of leadership a decade on from the merger of the French and Dutch flag carriers. 

TFWA vice-president Thom Rankin, said: “Alexandre de Juniac leads the airline with the largest long-haul network out of Europe so he is well-placed to provide fascinating insight into the way in which international civil aviation is developing around the world.”

Alexandre de Juniac joins Gen Colin Powell, the 65th US secretary of state, Luxottica CEO Andrea Guerra, and TFWA president Erik Juul-Mortensen, as keynote speakers at Monday’s plenary conference on October 27.

For the first time Latin America will be the focus of the annual market watch workshop on Tuesday 28 08:00-09:00 in the Salon Croisette, Majestic Hotel.

Speakers will include Enrique Urioste, president of Latin American duty free association ASUTIL and CEO of regional retailer Neutral; Pedro Castro, World Duty Free Group international operations director and ASUTIL board member, and Peter Mohn, partner and co-founder of m1nd-set Global Marketing Intelligence & Solutions, who will present key findings from research commissioned by TFWA into travellers in Latin America.

Meanwhile TFWA is joining forces with French manufacturers’ union Unifab to hold a Working Lunch on the threat posed by counterfeit goods on Tuesday 28 12:30-14:00. In a session designed to encourage exchange and debate, a panel of experts will open the discussion on the growing threat that counterfeit goods pose to the duty free & travel retail industry, presenting illustrative case studies. Speakers: to be announced. The Airline & Retailer Workshop: Inflight Focus on Wednesday 29 08:00-09:00 in the Salon Croisette, Hotel Majestic, will give delegates a chance to explore product trends, sales techniques and advances in technology within the inflight retail market.

The panel of speakers will include: Jasmine Li, manager inflight sales and service development, Cathay Pacific; Ana Rita Aragão, inflight sales director, Lojas Francas de Portugal/TAP Air Portugal and Joe Harvey, chief sales & marketing officer, Tourvest Inflight Retail Services.

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