New retail research and webinar round-up

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New in 2018, APTRA will be bringing you a summary of the latest complimentary retail insights available online, provided by various research companies, trend scouts, technology companies and publishers.

All resources, whether white papers, webinars or articles are available for free download/registration on the web.

This first summary features a number of forecasts of retail and consumer trends to be watchful for this year.


Emirates Leisure Retail joins APTRA


APTRA is delighted to welcome Dubai based Emirates Leisure Retail as the latest member of the Association.

Emirates Leisure Retail is a division of the Emirates Group, with strong interests in establishing, managing and franchising a wide ranging portfolio of restaurants, cafés, bars and lounges in the Gulf Cooperative Council countries and far beyond.

Headquartered in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, ELR’s operations span the adjoining emirates of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah, the city of Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman and most recently Australia.

ELR is part of the MMI group, which over the course of 100 years has created vested businesses in trade, travel, IT, corporate services, leisure retail and liquor. In 2007 the leisure operations of the group were divested to create a new limited liability company, rebranded as Emirates Leisure Retail.

For more information contact Andrew Day, CEO (Contact details can be found in the members’ directory in the member’s only section).

Interparfums and PUIG confirm as 2018 research sponsors

APTRA m1nd-set report cover 2018

The first APTRA insights report for 2018 is due out this month, focusing on the shopper behaviour of travellers of all nationalities at Hong Kong International Airport.

The 2018 research, produced by Swiss research agency m1nd-set, is kindly sponsored by two members from the beauty category: PUIG and Interparfums.

The February report will be followed by reports on 9 other major airports across the region this year. Each edition will focus on both shopper behavior and traffic data – current and forecast, with a 12-month projection for the airport, identifying the major destinations and nationalities as well as class of travel.  Among the insights from the Hong Kong report, a few key findings include:

-       The top nationalities departing from Hong Kong International in the last 12 months are: 1) HKG 2) PR China 3) Taiwan 4) USA 5) Philippines

-       27% of departing passengers in HKG are connecting passengers

-       14% fly premium class (Business & First)

-       Expected growth over the next 12 months: 3%

-       44% of shoppers plan their visit

-       Top destination of duty free purchases are: 1) self (44%), 2) gift (39%), 3) Share (10%), 4) on request (7%)

For more information about the APTRA research and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michael Barrett / +855 89 772 600.

Strong support from sponsors for 2018 APTRA insights seminar programme

APTRA Seminar Sponsors 2018

The 2018 APTRA Insights Seminar programme has seen strong support from members with 12 companies signing up to support the event as sponsors.  The seminars, which APTRA organizes in partnership with KPMG, provide APTRA members with the opportunity to learn about the latest consumer research and retail technology solutions, with insights from APTRA research partner m1nd-set, KPMG and various other companies with solutions and services relevant to the industry.

The seminars were attended by over 400 industry executives last year in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul. The first edition of 2018 will be held during the TFWA Asia Pacific Conference and Exhibition in Singapore on Wednesday 9 May. Details will be communicIMG_8388ated in the near future.

The twelve companies that have already pledged their sponsorship support for 2018 are: Auckland International Airport, Beam Suntory, Brown Forman, Bommidala, Changi Airport, Distell, Edrington Group, Jonathan Holland & Associates, Moët Hennessy, Pernod Ricard, Regent Asia & Treasury Wine Estates.

For information about sponsorship, please contact Michael Barrett / +855 89 772 600.

2nd APTRA Airport Forum takes shape


The second edition of the APTRA Airport Forum will take place on Sunday 6 May, hosted by Changi Airport.  The event, which is reserved exclusively for airport executives will include airport specific shopper insights from m1nd-set, an aviation and economic outlook, as well as traffic forecasts from IATA, a presentation from Goldman Sachs which will reveal what equity investors are looking for in airports’ commercial development and look at recent investments into commercial development at Melbourne Airport and the impact on sales. The forum will be followed by a tour of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4.

For information about attending or sponsoring the APTRA Airport Forum, please contact Michael Barrett / +855 89 772 600.

EU eases security controls for transit passengers from Singapore Changi

EU SingaporeThe European Union has added the Republic of Singapore to the third countries recognised as applying security standards equivalent to the common basic standards on civil aviation security.

The new Implementing Regulation enabling “One Stop Security” with Singapore Changi Airport is applicable from 6 February 2018, meaning passengers, baggage and/or cargo arriving into the EU from Singapore Changi Airport will not need to be subjected again to security controls when transferring at EU airports. This is the first between the EU and Asian country.

According to the Straits Times, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the first to implement the new regulation; other airports, such as London and Frankfurt plan to adapt their security screening procedures progressively.

Read the full article on the Straits Times website here:

The EU Official Journal document can be viewed here:

APTRA cocktail in Hong Kong

Board cocktail invitationThe APTRA bard has the pleasure of inviting members to a Cocktail Evening at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on Wednesday 28th February from 6pm to 8pm. This will be an opportunity to meet the board members, learn about current activities and network with other member companies.

Please confirm your presence by reply to APTRA Administrative Officer Sharolyn Paul (

 Please note that car parking is not available at the Yacht Club.

Dress code: smart casual.

We look forward to welcoming you there.

APTRA events in 2018

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APTRA Board Cocktails: Wednesday 28 February, 6pm – 8pm

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club  (register here :


APTRA Airport Forum: Sunday 6 May, 2pm – 5.30pm

Changi Airport (invitation only) - details to follow

APTRA KPMG Insights Seminar (Singapore edition): Wednesday 9 May, 7.30am 

Level 3,  MBS Exhibition and Convention Centre, Singapore

APTRA AGM: Wednesday 9 May 4pm

Level 3,  MBS Exhibition and Convention Centre, Singapore


APTRA publishes final 2017 m1nd-set report on South Korean travellers

South Korean reportAPTRA has published the fifth and final research report, produced by research partner m1nd-set, which focusses on travellers from South Korea.

The report introduces some macro economic data on the market, followed by both current and forecast traffic data through m1nd-set’s partnership with IATA. The traffic data reveals the top destinations for South Korean travellers, including regions and airports. The third section looks at the consumer insights with an in-depth analysis of the shopper behaviour of South Korean travellers in duty free shops.

The full report can be downloaded in the members’ only section on the APTRA website at this link.



Our thanks to Interparfums and Remy Cointreau for sponsoring the 2017 research reports.


CIR publishes shopper summary report on Russian travellers

APTRA Russian Shopper Nov 2017_Page_1Associate Member CIR has published its latest report on the Russian traveller with a special infographic summary exclusively for APTRA members.

With over 1 in 5 Russian departures destined for the Asia Pacific and outbound Russian passenger traffic showing significant growth following continued economic recovery, CIR says the Asian region should be considered a key focus area for this renewed opportunity.

The report can be downloaded in the members’ section of the APTRA website on the Associate Member research page.