FSSAI informs officers of duty free exemption

fssaiAPTRA is delighted to learn that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has ruled that duty free shops at Indian airports and ports are to be excluded from new regulations regarding food safety standards. In early June instructions were issued by the Chairman of the FSSAI to all their authorized officers and Food Safety Commissioners to the effect that duty free shops are to be exempt from the FSSAI rules and today the change has been implemented officially by customs officers across India.

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APTRA’s membership ranks grow with four new member companies 

APTRA-June-2Bangalore International Airport, Philippine liquor company Bleeding Heart Rum, luxury Italian lifestyle brand Paul & Shark and books, press and stationery retailer WHSmith have all joined APTRA in recent weeks, further strengthening the association’s support base and legitimacy as the regional trade body for the duty free and travel retail industry.
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APTRA welcomes first Associate Member

Logo LuxurynsightAs announced in May APTRA has opened its membership to companies in the industry that can offer value to APTRA members and drive the growth of the business in the region. APTRA is delighted to announce that the first to take up this opportunity is French luxury research company Luxurynsight. The company offers a “smart data platform” dedicated to the luxury industry which provides brands the data and insights to monitor, analyze and predict the luxury business. The platform is compiled from 800 sources, 2000 brands, 3500 key people, 10000 reports and 38000 news reports, together with a luxury expert team. For more information see www.luxurynsight.com or contact CEO Jonathan Siboni (full contact details in the Members area).
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Mumbai APTRA Insights Seminar focuses on technology

unnamed (4)The second edition of the 2016 APTRA Insights Seminar series took place at the JW Marriott in Mumbai earlier this month ahead of the DFNI Conference at the same venue. Around fifty executives from the industry in India and beyond attended the event where a lively and interactive discussion took place on how the industry in India can use technology better to reach consumers at all stages of the journey, before, at and after their arrival at the airport.
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Ian MacLeod joins Distell as 2016 APTRA research sponsors

unnamed (5)APTRA is delighted to announce that Scottish whisky company and APTRA member Ian MacLeod is sponsoring the APTRA 2016 research programme. Ian MacLeod, Distell and any other companies who wish to join them in support of the APTRA research programme will have their logos on the 2016 research reports as well as in relevant sections of the website where the research is made available to download. Sponsorship support for APTRA research and insights seminars has grown this year with 12 companies stepping up to sponsor the insights seminars.

2016 research reports schedule

unnamed (1)The survey and analysis stages of the 2016 APTRA research programme provided by APTRA research partner m1nd-set, are well under way with the first report scheduled for publication in August. The markets selected for this year’s research include Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. The reports will be released on a monthly basis in that order from August to December this year. Early next year work will commence on the 2017 research which will revisit China, Japan, Korea and India. For China, the research will focus on China’s Tier 1, 2 and 3 cities. For all markets the reports will provide a temporal analysis to highlight the evolution of the shopper behaviour over the past two years since the previous wave was conducted.

APTRA opens up membership


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


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

Seminar 2016 sponsors

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


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).