APTRA opens up membership

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APTRA is pleased to announce that, following consultation with members, it has been agreed to extend membership of the association to companies which can offer services of value to member companies and to the industry as a whole. Members were invited to vote in an EGM electronically and the decision to amend the association’s statutes to include a new category of ‘Associated Member’ was announced at the Annual General Meeting which took place on Wednesday 11th May at TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference in Singapore.

Jaya Singh, President commented, “The initiative to facilitate a new category of associate member follows expressions of interest in membership from various companies offering services which are associated with, or relevant to, the duty free and travel retail business in the Asia Pacific region. These may include food and beverage operators, research consultancies, investment companies and other consultancies involved in the duty free and travel retail business. We believe that the inclusion of these companies will add depth and weight to our membership base and will help us to represent better the broader travel retail community. We look forward to adding their expertise to our skills bank.”

New board member confirmed at AGM

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At APTRA’s AGM earlier this month, Teo Chew Hoon, Senior Vice President Airside Concessions was confirmed as the board member representative from Changi Airport Group following the transfer of Ivy Wong to other responsibilities.

It was also agreed at the AGM that the tenure of the two existing Board members representing DFS and Japan Tobacco International, Andrew Ford and Gladys Rodriguez, whose terms of office are out of synchronization with the rest of the members, should be extended by one year to bring them all into line.

Earlier this year Andrew Cunningham took the place of Dr Jennifer Cords representing Imperial Tobacco during her maternity leave.All members of the Board will be able to stand for re-election in May 2017.

New venue and new speaker for APTRA Insights Seminars

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APTRA is pleased to announce that the second round of the APTRA Insights Seminars will take place in Mumbai on Monday June 20 on the first day of the DFNI “India Rising” Conference at the same venue, The JW Marriott Juhu. The seminar will take place on Monday afternoon from 2.30pm to 5.30pm before the DFNI conference opening cocktail.

Charlotte Hamel, Strategy & Consulting Director at Singapore based retail marketing & design agency FILTR will join the line-up in Mumbai. Her intervention will follow on from the m1nd-set’s Travel Retail Director Clara Perez’s presentation on consumer’s behaviour with technology in travel retail with some actionable recommendations to create a robust digital strategy around consumers’ needs.

The first round of the 2016 edition of the seminars saw a successful début in Singapore earlier this month where more than 60 members attended the 7am breakfast seminar during the TFWA Asia Pacific Conference and Exhibition on 11 May. David Perroud and Peter Mohn, joint CEO and Co-Owners of m1nd-set, gave a detailed presentation of both Asia Pacific and non-Asia Pacific traveller behaviour in travel retail. Clara Perez then presented m1nd-set’s insights on consumer behaviour on technology in travel retail ahead of Anson Bailey of KPMG who concluded the session on disruptive technology in retail.

APTRA Executive Officer Michael Barrett also presented the Association’s advocacy work and informed members how all stakeholders can be involved.

After Mumbai, the next editions of the Insights Seminars will be in Sydney and Hong Kong in November. Details of venues and dates will be communicated soon.

Sponsorship support from Remy Cointreau and Distell

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Remy Cointreau is the 12th company to confirm its sponsorship of this year’s APTRA Insights Seminars. Remy Cointreau joins Bommidala, Brown Forman, Changi Airport, DFS, James Richardson, Jonathan Holland & Associates, Moët Hennessey, Pernod Ricard, PUIG, Regent Asia Group and Treasury Wine Estates.

In addition, Distell has also confirmed its support by sponsoring the 2016 research programme. Our thanks go to both companies for their support as well as all other sponsors.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michael Barrett (michael@aptra.asia).

Plain packaging eases illicit trade

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Malay Mail online

According to a report in the Malay Online, plain packaging is helping to make the illicit tobacco trade easier for criminals. “The introduction of “plain packaging” for all tobacco products sold in Australia is a perfect example of a government unwittingly making a crime already viewed as easy even easier and more profitable” according to the article which also cites a report by KPMG which points to a 25% increase in illicit trade following the introduction of plain packaging in Australia.

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Impulse luxury purchases on Wechat

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Jing Daily

As mobile commerce continues to grow in China, Chinese consumers are increasingly using WeChat to make “impulse” purchases, according to McKinsey’s recently released iConsumer China 2016 survey.

The survey finds that the percentage of WeChat users making purchases on the platform has more than doubled in the past year, rising from 15 percent in 2015 to 31 percent in 2016. Their top channel for purchase on the app is through JD.com, which takes up 32 percent of purchases, while moments and groups, links to other apps, and public accounts take up 22 to 23 percent each.

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Singaporeans still willing to splurge on travel

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TTG Asia

Despite a softening global economy, Singaporeans indicated that they are still willing to spend more on travel, according to a report in Travel journal TTG Asia.

While 68 per cent stated that they are becoming increasingly cost-conscious in their personal finances this year, 81 per cent indicated that they will still travel about the same or more than the previous year.

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