CHINA/INTERNATIONAL. In major breaking news, China Duty Free Group (CDFG), China’s and the world’s number one travel retailer by sales in 2020*, is today announced as the exclusive Strategic Cooperation Partner of the Virtual Travel Retail Expo in October.

The Expo will be held on 11-15 October with a six-week ‘encore’ period when stands and suites will remain open.

The all-digital event, owned by The Moodie Davitt Report (with support from FILTR.QINGWA and co-organiser Hainan Provincial Bureau of Intentional Economic Development), is the follow-up to the successful Virtual Travel Retail Expo in October 2020, where CDFG was a Diamond Partner.

In a pioneering digital development, China Duty Free Group will host its own dedicated virtual area called CDFG City, where it will showcase its most exciting current and planned projects

CDFG said in a statement on its WeChat Official Account: “As the representative of China’s duty free industry, CDFG participates in the brand promotion project of the Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo 2021 as exclusive ‘Strategic cooperation partner’, which not only shows its great global brand influence, but also the status and immense potential of China’s duty free market in the industry.”

(Above) CDF Mall, part of the acclaimed CDF Sanya International Duty Free Shopping Complex in Haitang Bay, currently the world’s busiest duty free shopping location. Below is CDFG’s magnificently ambitous Haikou International Duty Free City, set to open in mid-2022.



In a hugely exciting development, CDFG will have its own dedicated digital area in the Expo, called CDFG City, where it will showcase some of its most exciting current and planned projects. A gateway presence to CDFG City will feature in both the Hainan Discovery zone and the Retailer Emporium.

The CDFG management, buying, branding and merchandising teams will be out in full force at the Expo, both in CDFG City and also visiting the various brand exhibitors.

China Duty Free Group President Charles Chen, who has driven the retailer’s remarkable ascendency to world number one in recent years, will deliver the opening keynote address at the Virtual Travel Retail Expo

CDFG President Charles Chen will also deliver the morning keynote address in the Knowledge Hub on the first day of the Expo.

CDFG said that the Virtual Travel Retail Expo 2021 sees the return of the global industry’s largest virtual event, bringing together brands, retailers, airports, airlines, F&B operators, associations and other stakeholders in a powerful ecosystem.

In its statement, CDFG called the Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo “the pioneering and unprecedented virtual exhibition and seminar in the travel retail industry”.

The retailer described The Moodie Davitt Report as one of the world’s most successful multimedia B2B publishers in the world… “an indispensable source of reliable and real-time business intelligence for the global travel retail sector”.

The Moodie Davitt Report Chairman Martin Moodie said: “China Duty Free Group’s rise to become the world’s number one travel retail sales represents an extraordinary success story. We are very honoured that CDFG will play such a leading role in our event and showcase its market-leading expertise to Expo visitors.”

*Source: The Moodie Davitt Report Top 25 Travel Retailers

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Bookings close around 16 August due to virtual stand creation lead times.

Registration is free for all exhibitors and sponsors, airports authorities, airlines, cruise and ferry companies, retail and F&B operators, other airport service providers, trade associations and official media partners.

Registration for all other delegates is just US$250 for the live week and the six-week encore period.