During its World Exhibition in Cannes, TFWA celebrated 30 years of dedication to the development of the duty free and travel retail industry.
The anniversay has seen over 6, 500 delegates discover the stands on the 21,000 sqm of exhibition area at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, turned into an Ali Baba’s cave of products. The very special milestone week offered many highlights starting with the Leisure Activities, followed by the Opening Conference, workshops and keynotes and crowned by the Premium Evening.
A compelling Opening Conference
In a packed Grand Auditorium, TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen opened the landmark conference and retraced the history of three decades of duty free and the challenges confronted and met, giving an idea of the industry’s vivacity.
The retired General Colin Powell, 65th US Secretary of State addressed the notions of leadership in challenging times. He said: “Leadership in challenging times means investing in people”, an advice inspired by his brilliant military and political experience.
Alexandre de Juniac, CEO Air France – KLM, gave his insight on the challenges facing the airline business. He could speak of experience as he just had to face the longest strike in the airline company history.
Cake cutting ceremony
On Monday morning, after the conference, TFWA’s local partners kindly offered a stunning giant cake and Champagne to celebrate in style the 30th birthday. Colin Powell and Alexandre de Juniac joined the Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard and the members Cannes Prestige Association and associations of beaches, taxis, hotels… who wished TFWA a very happy birthday.
About TFWA World Exhibition
The TFWA World Exhibition is the annual international meeting for the duty free industry with over 6,000 visitors coming to shop in Cannes and choose from over 3,000 products. The delegates are from Europe, the countries of the East, Russia, the Middle East and the United States. The perfumery and cosmetics represent the largest volume of sales, followed by wines and spirits, fashion and accessories, jewelry and watches, sweets, toys and gifts, tobacco…
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