TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference closes on a high as record numbers attend.
The 24th TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference further highlighted the strength of the Asia Pacific duty free and travel retail market with another record-breaking year in terms of attendance figures. A total of 3,367delegates visited this year’s show in Singapore, an increase of 5% on the 3,194 who came to the event in 2018.
This figure included representatives from 1,426 companies, up by 10.5% from 1,290 in 2018. The number of delegates from duty free and travel retail operators, landlords and agents stood at 2,567 compared to 2,534 last year.
The exhibition occupied more than 11,000m2 of floor space, up 5.5% from 10,505m2 in 2018. A total of 314 companies exhibited, up 1.6% from 309 the previous year. 66 of these companies were new exhibitors, which included a mix of large international names and well-known regional brands. 436 meetings were arranged through the TFWA ONE2ONE meeting service.
Monday’s conference was also well attended, with 1,481 delegates hearing from a range of keynote speakers from the duty free and travel retail industry and the wider geopolitical landscape.
Alain Maingreaud, TFWA President, said; “Of course it’s gratifying to see our numbers up yet again, but it’s not just about the quantity of visitors – quality matters too. We certainly had a substantial number of important decision makers in our exhibition halls this week, which is a great reflection of the dynamism of this region. We were delighted with the positive feedback we received from our delegates during the week, and we’d like to thank all exhibitors and visitors for taking the time out of their busy schedules to be with us. We’ll now be seeking the views of delegates and listening to their feedback to build on the platform we have created for next year.”