APTRA to meet Chinese State Tobacco Monopoly Administration

image002An APTRA delegation including members from the tobacco category is due to meet representatives from China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA) this week. STMA issued a decree earlier this year proposing that stickers are to be applied on tobacco products to identify origin and sale location of the products. While stickers are already in place in China, under the proposed rules, the stickers would have to indicate the name of each retailer which would create severe complications and cost to the supply chain. The delegation will meet with STMA to discuss the decree, seek clarity on the intentions of the regulations and discuss more practical alternative solutions for the industry.

APTRA welcomes second Associate Member

4APTRA is delighted to welcome its second Associate Member – another research company, UK based Counter Intelligence Retail (CiR). With a team of 35 specialists, CiR provides market intelligence and shopper marketing activations for the duty free and travel retail sector. Its products include market, consumer and shopper research, “Business Lounge”, an online traveller and air travel intelligence hub, category management including extensive data analysis, strategy development and store design services, fieldwork in airports around the world and digital marketing services. (more…)

Hong Kong edition of APTRA Insights Seminar set for mid-November

5APTRA is pleased to confirm that the Hong Kong edition of the 2016 APTRA Insights Seminar will take place on the afternoon of Friday November 18 from 2pm to 6pm at KPMG’s Hong Kong offices in Central (8/F, Prince’s Building, 5-5E Ice House St, Central, Hong Kong). The seminar which focusses on technology in retail and travel retail, will feature presentations from APTRA insights partners m1nd-set and communications agency FILTR as well as APTRA’s Insights Seminar partners KPMG.

To reserve your seat, please contact APTRA Administrative officer Sharolyn Paul ([email protected]). (more…)

India to extend e-visa scheme to 36 more countries

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The Indian government is looking to extend e-visa facilities to citizens of 36 more countries including Italy, Iran, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Morocco, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Morocco. India’s ministry of tourism has sent a proposal to the ministry of home affairs and it is likely to be cleared before the beginning of the October inbound season, said an informed source.
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More direct links fueling Cambodia’s visitor growth

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Cambodia’s increasing air connectivity is the key driver accounting for the South-east Asian nation’s continued tourism growth, according to local tour operators.

The latest figures from Cambodia Airports (CA) show a five per cent year-on-year increase in international visitors landing at the country’s three international airports between January and June with more than 3.4 million passing through Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh airports.

Phnom Penh International Airport saw the largest increase of 10 per cent.
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