APTRA broadens its borders as it welcomes two new members

APTRA broadens its borders 

APTRA is delighted to welcome two new members to the regional association. The new members mark a significant step forward in the association’s; the first reinforcing the presence of luxury wines in the membership portfolio, the second marking the first airport authority from China to join the association.

Baron Philippe De Rothschild
 is one of France’s leading wine producer from France with production from Bordeaux, Chile and the Pays d’Oc region in South West France. The wine house produces luxury, iconic grand cru classé wines, such as Chateau Mouton-Rothshild, Chateau Clerc Milon, Chateau d’Armailhac as well as branded wines such as Mouton Cadet, the number one Bordeaux brand sold in the world. For more information, you can contact Henri Brunel, Duty free and travel retail director. Full contact details can be found in the members directory (in the members’ section).
www.bpdr.com

 
Beijing Capital Airport Commercial & Trading Co. Ltd is the commercial revenues arm of Beijing Airports Group. The company, formerly a store located at the terminal of Beijing Capital International Airport (“BCIA”), was founded in 1988 and was officially established according to CAH’s specialized reorganization strategy. Today, ACT manages more than 46,000 square meters of commercial and retail space, nearly 100,000 commodities and more than 2,200 employees in the airports of eight municipalities, provinces and autonomous regions in China, including Beijing, Tianjin, Chongqing, Hubei, Jiangxi, Jilin, Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang. For more information please contact Bruce Chai, Supervisor, Brand Management & Leasing Dept.  Full contact details can be found in the members directory (in the members’ section).
www.airportshopping.com.cn

Up in smoke? Tobacco policy watch

Up in smoke?   Tobacco policy watch



Sri Lanka
Recently adopted legislation in Sri Lanka is likely to have a negative impact on tobacco sales in Sri Lankan Duty Free shops. A law championed by the newly elected President and former Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, was officially adopted earlier this month, states that pictorial health warnings should cover 80% of each tobacco pack. A grace period has been granted until June this year after which time, all non-compliant packets must be removed from shelves or the companies will face penalties. Efforts by APTRA and industry members with business interests in Sri Lanka to seek an exemption to the law for the duty free sector have not proved successful so far, but with parliamentary elections tabled for next month, there is still some hope. APTRA will keep members updated on progress on this issue.

Taiwan 
In Taiwan, tobacco control group The John Tung Foundation has announced it is pressing for tighter tobacco controls. An 80% pictorial health warning (PHW), a display ban, a smoking ban both indoors and outdoors, an increase in excise duties in addition to health tax and, of concern for the duty free industry, a 19 stick allowance for inbound travellers. The latter would mean an end to arrivals duty free tobacco sales in the country and departures duty free at all airport stores elsewhere to travellers heading to Taiwan. APTRA is currently consulting with members concerned by the threat and will keep members informed.

South Korea
On a more positive note, the government in South Korea has put off plans to raise the prices of duty free cigarettes  according to a report early March in the Korean Herald. The decision comes amid fears that raising prices will hurt the price competitiveness of locally made cigarettes, vis-a-vis those sold in China.  The government considered making adjustments after the price for local cigarettes was marked up by 2,000 won ($1.8) per pack starting this year. This caused the average price for a ten-pack carton of cigarettes to reach 45,000 won, around 60 percent more expensive than prices at duty-free stores in the country. Read the full story here.

APTRA at China’s Century Conference 2015

APTRA at China’s Century Conference 2015   

As reported by TFWA, just under 400 companies attended the second edition of the China’s Century conference, organised by TFWA in partnership with APTRA. APTRA President, Jaya Singh, gave one of the keynote welcoming addresses, providing insights on the changing nature of the Chinese traveller. Referring to the APTRA commissioned research on Chinese travellers and their behaviour in duty free and travel retail, Jaya spoke about how Chinese consumers are changing behaviour from mass market luxury, imitating their peers, to a more individualistic approach to luxury.
He also spoke about the rise of online luxury consumption and the need to reach Chinese consumers more ubiquitously and with emotion. In a well-received presentation by m1nd-set CEO Peter Mohn, APTRA revealed insights into its latest Chinese traveller research. The research was provided to conference delegates on a USB key provided by APTRA exclusively for the conference attendees. As indicated in the next article below, the full research report is now available to APTRA members.

Chinese consumer now research available to members

Chinese consumer now research available to members

Where do Chinese consumers travel to, what they buy when travelling, why, who for, how much for and who they are… these are just some of the many questions answered in the extensive Chinese Consumer research report now available on the APTRA website in the members only section. The report, a summary of which was presented at the China’s Century Conference in Shanghai earlier this month explores the various customer segments and traveler profiles from the Chinese market.

Studying the behavior of over 2000 travellers from the major cities and second tier cities, the research looks into the reasons Chinese purchase or don’t purchase, their category preferences, the amounts spent, the impact of promotions and their tendency to compare prices. The report reveals some interesting findings, such as the fact that nearly 70% of shoppers were influenced positively by interaction with sales staff, which lead to purchase.

This and other findings can be found in the full report, which is available in the members only section on the APTRA website.  

Seminar tour 2015: seeking your support

Seminar tour 2015: seeking your support

APTRA will be holding the first of our 2015 seminars in Singapore on the morning of May 13th at the Marina Bay Sands during the TFWA Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition. The seminars will aim to provide insights into travelling consumer behaviour with highlights from the 2015 consumer research commissioned by APTRA from research partners m1nd-set.

We will also discuss some of the challenges to the industry in the region and how we work together to address these. We will also be bringing experts on specific consumer marketing techniques to provide further insights to our members which will be of value in helping understand how to increase penetration in the airport retail environment. This year’s tour will travel to three other cities later in the year: South Korea, India, and Hong Kong.  The seminars also serve as a networking opportunity enabling stakeholders based in those cities to gather and meet informally before and after the seminar.

APTRA is currently seeking the support of its members to help support the events in the various locations in the form of hosting venues, sponsoring the breakfasts, lunches or diners in order to cover the costs of the events. All companies providing such support will benefit from visibility on all the communication on the events as well as during the seminars themselves. 

For more information please contact Executive officer Michael Barrett by email: michael@aptra.asia

Indonesia waives visas for 30 countries

Indonesia waives visas for 30 countries 


Indonesia has waived visas for 30 more countries, a move lauded by everyone in the travel industry. This brings to 45 the number of countries with visa waivers.  


Most significantly, the waivers covered key Asian markets such as China, Japan and South Korea. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said on Monday that the revision of the visa-free list could attract at least 1 million new foreign tourists to the country and an additional foreign exchange income of US$1.2 billion on the assumption each tourist spent $1,200 during his or her stay. 
Read the full story here.

Sharolyn Paul joins the APTRA team

Sharolyn Paul joins the APTRA team

 

APTRA is delighted to welcome Sharolyn Paul as the new Administrative Officer at APTRA. Sharolyn, who joined the association at the beginning of March has more than 10 years’ experience in administrative roles with associations and companies in Singapore. She will be liaising with members on administrative procedures as well as on some of the core activity projects such as the Responsible Retail Training Programme. Sharolyn works from the Singapore office at 54 Kandahar Street and can be contacted by phone : +65 6341 5224 and email: admin@aptra.asia .

 

Chinese spread their wings throughout Australia

Chinese spread their wings throughout Australia

 

China is now the seventh-largest international source market for Tourism Holdings’ Australian campervans, and over half of the Chinese travellers are aged between 25 and 34 years old. That is 20 years younger than the average age of European travellers hiring the same campervans, and the numbers of Chinese hiring them have more than doubled over the last year. The report in the Australian Financial Review reveals that the percentage of Chinese tourists arriving in Australia on cheap package tours is falling while the number coming here for independent holidays is rising. The report provides some interesting insights into what Chinese tourists are really looking for during their Australian vacations. Read the full story here
 

Tap into travellers’ increasing travel budgets

Tap into travellers’ increasing travel budgets

   
A study from TripAdvisor, the travel site’s biannual TripBarometer study, shows that two in five travellers both globally and in APAC plan to increase their travel budgets in 2015, while 23% globally and 20% in APAC say they will decrease their spend. Asia Pacific countries with the highest increase in travel budget in 2015 are Thailand (54%, ranked #2 globally), India (53%, ranked #4 globally), New Zealand (51%, ranked #5 globally), and Australia (50% ranked #6 globally).
Within the Asia-Pacific region, Australia, New Zealand and China are the top three countries with the most travel budget in 2015, followed by Japan (US$5,700). 
Read the full story here.

APTRA website now available in Mandarin

China flagAPTRA website now available in Mandarin

 

Such is the pivotal role played by Chinese consumers and retailers in the duty free and travel retail industry that the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) has today launched a Chinese language version of its website.

 

The new Mandarin website will mirror the content of the English language site, including information on research conducted on behalf of APTRA members, updates on advocacy initiatives in the Asia Pacific region, details of developments in the Association’s innovative Responsible Retail Training Programme and access for members to the database of primary industry stakeholders.

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