The TFWA Board has outlined plans for a number of new initiatives aiming to provide the duty free and travel retail industry with the vital platforms and resources it needs, as the Association announced further support for the industry through its upcoming trade events and new digital platform.
At a press conference earlier today, the TFWA Board thanked its permanent staff and Management Committee for their hard work and resilience during this difficult time. They went on to explain how the new decisions being made were taken with the entire industry at front of mind, and with acknowledgement of TFWA’s central philosophy of ‘by the trade for the trade’.
During the conference, the creation of a new online platform called TFWA 365 was announced. This will be launched at the TFWA Asia Pacific Hainan Special Edition digital event held from 21st to 24th June. TFWA 365 is a permanent resource that will provide year-round support and a range of services for TFWA members and industry partners.
TFWA also announced a strong programme for the TFWA Asia Pacific Hainan Special Edition online conference and workshops, including high-level panel discussions featuring the world’s leading retailers and travel associations.
Detailed plans for the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference have yet to be finalised, and a number of contingency measures are in place to meet the requirements of rapidly changing circumstances. However, the Board stressed the considerable demand and desire for a physical event, and the importance of the personal relationships that are the bedrock on which the industry is founded. It assured that whatever the format of that event will be, the Association will step up and make every effort to provide the platform the industry so desperately requires. Among the new offers will be a Hosted Buyers Programme, which will give delegates an unrivalled opportunity to engage with key contacts, essential to the success of any virtual or live trade event.