ASIA PACIFIC. Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) will host the next edition of its acclaimed webinar series The APAC Dialogue on 12 October 2021, as part of the Knowledge Hub agenda at the Virtual Travel Retail Expo.

Details of the topic and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. All sponsorship funds from the webinar will go directly to APTRA.

In endorsing the Virtual Travel Retail Expo, APTRA President Sunil Tuli said, “With our airport, retailer and brand members across Asia Pacific unable to travel freely due to the constraints posed by the pandemic, it is critical that we meet as an industry and engage in discussing how we collectively navigate a fast-changing industry landscape.

“The Virtual Travel Retail Expo allows those goals to be met in a high-class digital format regardless of travel restrictions.  We also look forward to the opportunity to meet our members in person when circumstances permit and we are hopeful there will be an opportunity to do so at the Tax Free World Association World Exhibition in Cannes in October.

Sunil Tuli: “It is critical that we meet as an industry and engage in discussing how we collectively navigate a fast-changing industry landscape”

“We encourage APTRA members to support these events that both provide valuable opportunities to share ideas, discussion, support and debate as the industry looks to plan and re-build post-pandemic.”

The Moodie Davitt Report Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie said: “We’re honoured to have APTRA not only endorse our event but also provide one of the highlights of the Knowledge Hub agenda with the latest edition of The APAC Dialogue.

“Together, we promise the industry some top speakers and more of the frank, insightful discussion that has highlighted the series to date.”

APTRA will also have a virtual stand at the Expo where it will showcase its ongoing work on behalf of the travel retail industry in Asia Pacific.

The APAC Dialogue is a partnership with The Moodie Davitt Report to support APTRA’s critical lobbying and industry representation work.


The realities of doing business in the booming offshore duty free sector in Hainan were highlighted in a compelling APAC Dialogue webinar on 27 May.

Alongside The Moodie Davitt Report Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie (event moderator) and APTRA President Sunil Tuli, four speakers shared their candid views on the emergence of the market in Hainan, along with its challenges and opportunities.

Star Brands Travel Retail CEO Rob Robertson spoke about creating and nurturing business in Hainan, protecting brand image, managing human resource dynamics and team training, plus merchandising and communication.

Paccaya Resources Limited CEO Andrew Ford (a former CEO of TFWA and President of APTRA), addressed Hainan’s commercial landscape, with analysis of current dynamics and future direction.

Stephen Peng, Senior Partner at leading Chinese law firm Jincheng Tongda & Neal, covered the regulatory landscape in Hainan and assessed how changes will shape the market. And Harry Kartasis, Managing Director Global Drinks Limited, spoke to the many questions put by audience participants about supply chain, logistics and product labelling requirements in Hainan.


The inaugural APAC Dialogue session was themed ‘Emerging Stronger Together’ and included an outstanding and candid opening address from Lim Peck Hoon, Executive Vice President, Commercial at Changi Airport Group.

It was followed by discussion of key findings contained within a new Trinity White Paper – ‘Travel Retail Wayfinding for the Post-Covid Era’ –co-authored by Mauro Anastasi of Bain & Company and Jack MacGowan of Castlepole Consulting in association with The Moodie Davitt Report.

Discussing the big picture themes were a powerful line-up of panellists comprising:

Doug Bagley: Managing Director Asia Pacific, William Grant & Sons
Dan Cappell: Chief Commercial Officer, Ontario International Airport Authority
Lucy Thomas: Head of Retail, Auckland Airport
Dag Rasmussen: Chairman & CEO, Lagardère Travel Retail
Sunil Tuli: President APTRA, and Group CEO, King Power Group, Hong Kong

To sponsor The APAC Dialogue at the Virtual Travel Retail Expo please contact:

Christina Oliver – Executive Director, Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association

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