Encouraging response to call for advocacy support

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Following the call to members for support of the Association’s various advocacy missions, a number of member companies have volunteered to increase their annual contribution via their membership fee. APTRA is investing further into various initiatives to strengthen the industry’s position on advocacy.

In addition to the day-to-day advocacy work, addressing current challenges the industry is facing, the strategy involves a rapprochement with airport authorities around the region through a series of APTRA and industry events. This includes the investment in advocacy support agency Hume Brophy as announced in the press earlier this month. Investment will also be made in the economic impact report which will be produced in collaboration with the Duty Free World Council. The Association is also working on achieving a more holistic adoption of the Responsible Retail Training Programme both through retailers and alcohol brands.

Companies interested in supporting APTRA’s advocacy work are invited to contact APTRA Executive Officer Michael Barrett : [email protected] / +855 89 772 600.

See you in Guangzhou

China’s Century Conference

APTRA looks forward to meeting members and partners at the forthcoming TFWA China’s Century Conference to be held in Guangzhou next month. The conference, the third such event to be organized by TFWA in partnership with APTRRA in China will take place from 7 to 9 March at Guangzhou’s Four Seasons Hotel. Although pre-registration is now closed, companies wishing to register delegates can do so on-site or by contacting TFWA at [email protected].

The conference will feature a keynote presentation from APTRA President & Global Sales Director WTR Mondelez, Jaya Singh and a dedicated session on research by APTRA’s research partners m1nd-set, presented by Peter Mohn.

APTRA members, please note that TFWA is offering a special rate of 800 Euros per person, instead of 980 Euros, with a further 25% discount from the third registered delegate for all APTRA members.

For further details please visit tfwa.com.

APTRA & KPMG continue strategic alliance on Insights Seminars in 2017

Edrington Logo_CMYKFollowing the successful 2016 edition of the APTRA KPMG Insights Seminars, APTRA and KPMG will be continuing its alliance in 2017.

This year’s seminars will be launched in Singapore during the TFWA Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition, the first edition taking place on Wednesday 10 May from 7.30am until 9am in the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Centre. Details of the precise venue will be announced in the coming weeks. The seminars will feature presentations from KPMG’s Anson Bailey and m1nd-set’s Peter Mohn.

KPMG will develop further insights and updates from their current Global Connected Consumer research highlighting technology innovations in the retail sector and what the future consumer will expect from their retail journey. m1nd-set will reveal further insights from the 2017 research programme which will cover China, Japan, Korea and India, as well as highlights from the 2016 series which included reports on Australia & New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and The Philippines.

APTRA is extremely grateful to all the companies who have signed up to sponsor the 2017 edition of the seminars. Companies interested in supporting the 2017 edition of the seminars or learning more about the sponsorship benefits, are invited to contact APTRA Executive Officer Michael Barrett : [email protected] / +855 89 772 600.

Remy Cointreau signs up as sponsors of 2017 APTRA research


Remy Cointreau is the first company to sign up to sponsor the 2017 APTRA research reports. This year’s studies will feature new studies on the Chinese – including Tier 1, 2 and 3 city travellers, Indian, Japanese and Korean markets, produced by APTRA research partner m1nd-set. The markets were the subject of the Association’s research in 2015 also. The 2017 series of reports will provide a new evolutionary feature, to demonstrate how the consumer behavior for travelling shoppers across each market has evolved for the various aspects studied and analysed. These will include the evolution of the shopper profile segments, information on the footfall and conversion rates, key drivers to shop, paths to purchase and shopper behavior on elements such as price comparison, interaction with staff and use of technology.


The first report, on travelers from Chinese Tier 2 & 3 cities, will be revealed at next month’s TFWA China’s Century Conference in Guangzhou in a session presented by m1nd-set CEO & Owner, Peter Mohn and moderated by APTRA’s Executive Officer, Michael Barrett. The reports will be released over the course of the year. Summaries of the studies will be presented during the APTRA / KPMG Insights Seminars and the full reports will be made available exclusively to APTRA members via the member-only portal on the APTRA website.


Companies interested in supporting the 2017 research reports or learning more about the sponsorship benefits, are invited to contact APTRA Executive Officer Michael Barrett : [email protected]  / +855 89 772 600.

APTRA collaborates with Hume Brophy on advocacy

HBlogoThe Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) is to collaborate with international communications agency Hume Brophy on advocacy issues in the Asia Pacific region.

Hume Brophy advises and represents some of the world’s largest global companies operating in highly regulated sectors such as transport, financial services and technology in their engagement with governments, journalists, investors and other stakeholders.

The agency has provided invaluable support to the duty free industry globally through its work for the European Travel Retail Confederation (ETRC), APTRA’s European counterpart.

Read the full press release here…