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Reduce, Restrict or Remove Single-Use Plastic

Dear APTRA Members,

As part of the Indian government nation-wide effort to ban single-use plastic in India, Mumbai International Airport announced that it has adopted a 100% single-use plastic-free policy from the 2nd of October 2019. This policy thus officially prohibits the use of all single-use plastic items that includes disposable cutlery made up of thermocouple (polystyrene or plastic), PET/PETE bottles (less than 200 ml), plastic bags (with/without handle), disposable dish/bowl for food packaging, and straws.

Since the prohibition of single-use plastic in July 2018 by the state government of Maharashtra’s (where Mumbai is located), the airport management has been actively working with all of its stakeholders that includes airlines, duty-free, F&B and travel retail outlets, to phase out single-use plastics across its terminals.

This development in Mumbai was picked up by news outlets such Times of India and International Airport Review.

Across the region, other airports have also begun to implement measures to reduce, restrict or remove single-use plastic from its premises. For example, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport too has decided to do away with plastic usage by the end of 2019, while Dubai Airport recently announced that it will ban single-use plastics from its consumer spaces with effect from January 1, 2020. Elsewhere, airports such as Auckland International has imposed a restriction on certain plastic usage, banning single-use bags under 70 microns, as part of the country’s waste minimisation (plastic shopping bags) regulation which came into effect on the 1st of July 2019.

The growing momentum to phase out single-use plastics is expected to have a transformational impact on the travel retail sector and its supply chain. With sustainability becoming ever-more pertinent, the industry can expect that more airports across the globe will seek to implement or adopt policies that will restrict or phase out single-use plastic within its premises.

APTRA will continue to monitor and communicate updates on this subject.

For trade information please contact:

Christina Oliver, Executive Director
Tel: +65 91697741

Singapore Advertising Restrictions on Sugar

Dear APTRA Members,

Singapore will be the first country globally to impose a total ban on advertisements of packaged drinks with very high sugar content. Pre-packaged drinks with any sugar content will need to showcase a gradient of sugar levels. Medium to high sugar content drinks must also carry a label on the front of the pack to signal that it is unhealthy.

The restrictions on advertising cover those in bottles, cans and packs. The front-of-pack label will be colour coded and show a grade to indicate if the drink is healthy, neutral or unhealthy. Factors affecting the grade include not just the sugar content, but also other content such as the amount of saturated fat.



The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Horizon Consumer Science as its new research partner.

APTRA has been contributing to the regional industry’s knowledge bank with high-quality research for over a decade. This new partnership, which spans the next few years, will study topics of relevance to the Asia Pacific duty free and travel retail industry, including regional trends analysis coupled with consumer level research.

The first research study to be undertaken by Horizon for APTRA will be a report on ‘The Emerging Asian Traveller’, which will give insights into which nationalities, besides the Chinese, are the up-coming traveller groups out of Asia. Which other nationalities should we start to understand and plan for, what numbers do we anticipate, and by when will we see this growth. This report is due to be launched in Q4 2019 and will be available exclusively to APTRA members.

With offices in Australia, North America and the Czech Republic, Horizon has a solid reputation for driving analytical and scientific data-driven research that can help businesses decide on commercial priorities. It is also noted that Horizon has more than 20 years’ experience in the travel retail field.

APTRA’s research falls under the Association’s strategic pillar of knowledge-building. This year, APTRA’s investment in research is evident with its commitment to delivering the first Economic Impact Report for Asia Pacific this autumn. This report not only suggests the commercial impact of travel retail across Asia Pacific, but looks into the potential job creation, the effect on GDP and the impact on other channels. This offers APTRA members a macro view of the industry’s impact and is coupled with APTRA’s reports into regional trends and the consumer level research on purchasing habits.





Ernst Silbermayr, Head of International Retail Sales at Silhouette International Schmied AG presents an outline of his company and explains why they joined APTRA. Family owned Silhouette International has been manufacturing lightweight titanium eyewear at its base in Linz, Austria for 55 years.

Founded in 1964 by Anneliese and Arnold Schmied, the company’s mission was to turn a vision aid into an accessory to improve not only vision but also the wearer’s appearance. This mission originally came to life with just five employees and one designer, Dora Demmel. Today, with 1,600 employees, Silhouette distributes eyewear to more than 100 countries with a strong focus on Europe, Japan, Korea, China and the United States.

The company is no stranger to travel retail, having built up a distribution network in airports, airlines, border, downtown, ferry and cruise outlets all over the world over the last 25 years. Today they consider their products to be the benchmark in premium eyewear. “Our products are handcrafted in Austria,” explained Ernst Silbermayr, Head of International Retail Sales. “You need around 360 steps to finish a pair of Silhouette sunglasses.”


New APTRA Member, Tomatin Distillery Widens It’s Net To Asia

Graham Nicolson, Sales Director at Tomatin introduces the brand to APTRA members

Founded in 1897 near Inverness in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland, the Tomatin Distillery Company produces and markets Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.  Japanese-owned since 1986, Tomatin is a multi-award winning distillery which exports to over 60 markets worldwide.

Launched in travel retail in 2017, the company focused initially on Europe and is now pushing into Asia.

“We look upon Asia Pacific as a region of huge potential and high growth for Single Malt,” commented Graham Nicolson, Sales Director at Tomatin.  “We produce a luxury product and see the demand for aged whisky in the region as being key to the continued growth of our company.  We have a great domestic presence in certain Asian markets and the next logical step is to offer high-quality SKUs in the travel retail sector.”

Tomatin’s core offering includes a wide range of high-quality Scotch whisky from 8-year-olds to 40-year-olds, with the possibility to offer older aged specialist bottlings further down the line.

We offer age statements on our travel retail range, which not many of our competitors can do,” explained Nicolson. “We can also offer high-quality single cask bottlings, and again this is not something you can find readily available.”




Prior to the start of TFWA Asia Pacific, the Association hosted a successful APTRA Airport Forum at Singapore Changi on 12 May, attended by over 40 delegates from 14 airports, which included a tour of The Jewel as the guests of the Changi Airport management. Discussions included a presentation by Kansai airport on their “Shaping a customer journey”, a summary by Stephen Hillam of NPD of the ‘Understanding Young China’ research, as well as a presentation by Teo Chew Hoon of Changi Airport on regulatory pressures across the Asia Pacific.



The Members of the Board of the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) are pleased to announce the election of Grant Fleming, Head of Strategic Development, ASIA, Lagardère Travel Retail to the role of President with immediate effect.

The election took place following the Annual General Meeting of the Association at TFWA Asia Pacific in Singapore on Wednesday 15 May at which the new 12-strong Board was chosen.