We’re currently in Cannes attending the TFWA Duty Free and Travel Retail Global Summit which is on from the 2nd – 7th October. The Summit is a global showcase for premium brands; with exhibitors, workshops a conference and plenty of networking and socialising opportunities. In recent years Barber Design have carved out a bit of a niche as travel retail designers, working for Thomas Cook, Travelex and the Hong Kong Cruise Plaza, to name but a few. This event is one of our favourites as it gives us the perfect opportunity to reconvene with existing clients as well as meeting new ones whilst also connecting with other likeminded professionals in the travel retail industry.
The TFWA show has more than 3,000 premium brands on display, showcasing all the latest product innovations from many of the travel retail industry’s leading suppliers, along with original ideas from emerging retail talent. The event always gives us a great insight into the new trends in travel retail across the globe, with almost 500 exhibitors from around the world showing off their wares.
The event also includes a conference featuring world-class speakers giving their own take on the state of the industry – with plenty of valuable insights into how it is headed and where we should be focusing our attention. There are also lots of excellent workshops offering the latest analysis and insight – which we can pass on to our customers.
Along with the conference and exhibition, the best bit of the show for us – apart form the fabulous setting – is the networking opportunity. With both formal and social events arranged throughout the week we have been able to touch base with lots of existing clients as well as meeting potential new clients and other industry peers, sharing our knowledge and expertise and learning from new experiences.