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APTRA President’s Year-End Message

Dear APTRA members,

2018 has been a productive and optimistic year for APTRA. The travel retail industry maintains to grow at an average of 8.1% year on year, hence we are excited to welcome more new members ranging from Airports, to Retailers and Brands alike.

We have seen success in a number of research projects as well as further development in our responsible retail training program.

2019 brings an exciting new project. APTRA collaborates alongside DFWC to develop an Economic Impact Study for our region. We believe this will truly deliver greater understanding in the value that is derived from our industry, helping all members in various capacities.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the board of APTRA in 2018, and I want to take this opportunity to thank them all for their immense contribution during the year. Hume Brophy continues to be a strategic partner in assisting our advocacy mission, and has helped APTRA transition very smoothly during the year of new leadership. Lastly, I would like to welcome our new Executive Director, Christina Oliver, to the Association and wish her all the best in her new role.

APTRA plays a critical role in nurturing and protecting the duty free and travel retail industry in the Asia Pacific region, helping all of our trusted members in preparing for tomorrow, we thank each and every member for being part of our journey.

Happy New Year, & Best Wishes for 2019

Andrew Ford

President – APTRA



The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Christina Oliver as Executive Director.

Ms. Oliver, who takes up the role on 17th December, will report to the President of APTRA and its Board.  Based in Singapore she will execute the strategic plan agreed by the Board and manage the day-to-day activities of the Association, including research, training, advocacy and communications, assisted by Sharolyn Paul, Administrative Officer.



Note: following two successful seminars in Singapore and Hong Kong, all 2018 member-exclusive research may be found here

The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) is delighted to announce that registration is now open for the first APTRA KPMG Insights Seminar of the autumn series.

The seminar, which is open to APTRA members, will take place on Tuesday, 27th November from 4pm to 5.30pm at the KPMG office at Causeway Bay, Hong Kong and will be followed by a cocktail reception.


Important new security regulations in US and Australia

The Duty Free World Council has issued two notices about imminent changes to the security regulations for passengers travelling to the United States from non-US airports and for passengers departing from Australian airports. Both regulations, effective from June 30th, concern new restrictions on carrying powdered substances and powder-like substances in cabin baggage.


APTRA RRTP in Chinese and on mobile

APTRA’s Responsible Retail Training Programme is now available to members in Chinese Mandarin. The programme, which has been adopted by all major wines & spirits brands and retailers, is a vital service to the industry to ensure all retail staff are aware of the industry’s self regulatory code of conduct and the principles of responsible retailing.

The programme, which is soon to be adopted by the Duty Free World Council so retailers the world over can allow their staff to take the training, is also being made available in responsive design. This means that staff will be able to access all current and future language versions of the training programme via their smartphone.  The responsive design development comes following requests from retailers given that many staff do not have access to computers. Given that most have internet enabled mobile phones, they will be able to take the training course more easily.