INTERNATIONAL. The stellar list of partners for the inaugural Virtual Travel Retail Expo has been boosted by the addition of industry service providers in the fields of travel data & analysis, marketing, visual merchandising and recruitment.

As reported, the unique five-day ‘live’ Expo takes place on 12-16 October, followed by a 30-day showcase (click here to register).

Exhibitor partners small and large are being drawn by the combination of a top-quality digital showcase offering multiple interactive touchpoints and unlimited brand information display.

A premium event for a premium audience: The clock is ticking down to the Virtual Travel Retail Expo on 12-16 October

Online marketing technology platform iClick will take part within a strong omnichannel and services zone of the Exhibition Hub.

The company said:We are extremely delighted to be taking part in the inaugural and pioneering Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo. Thank you to the Moodie Davitt team for bringing out this great initiative, allowing us with an innovative platform to showcase our portfolio across the global travel retail community. As a thought leader with the largest independent online marketing technology platform in China, we are here to help global travel retail clients to make the most out of smart retailing and digitalisation to capitalise on the growth opportunities in the China market.”

Travel data analytics company ForwardKeys has also lent its support to the event. CEO Olivier Jager said: “ForwardKeys appreciates all the hard work the Moodie Davitt team does in keeping the travel retail sector well informed over the years, including during this chaotic period that has turned the travel world upside down. As such, it gives us such pleasure to partner with such a trusted medium of truth for the Virtual Expo in October.”

The Exhibition Hub has attracted over 110 partners, who will greet a powerful line-up of travel retailer and airport representatives

Spark Group of Companies Founder and President Heidi van Roon, whose company specialises in staffing and recruiting for luxury retail brands in environments including airports, said: “One of the industry highlights, by far, will be the inaugural Virtual Travel Retail Expo. The power of gathering the industry around our shared hopes and dreams will shape the history of our beloved workplaces. Launching a digital platform is genius for supporting the global market mechanism and for encouraging the global community. The future of the travel retail industry starts on 12 October and it is an amazing privilege to be part of this historic event as an exhibitor and as a contributor.”

In-store visual communication solutions provider Kendu added: “We’re very excited to attend the Virtual Travel Retail Expo, a hugely innovative project that will definitively set the pace for future events in the industry. Despite the turmoil and challenges the industry is facing, we are bullish on travel retail and fully committed to the sector. The event’s team has done an excellent job so far and the line-up is phenomenal – all major players are attending the event.

“At Kendu, we are working very hard to support our partners through innovation and there is no better place than this event to launch the all-new-Flowbox, the dynamic display for retail and all our core products – the most exciting range in visual merchandising displays. With our focus on quality and experience design, we really hope that our products and services can become a catalyst to attract customers back into the stores once the travel industry recovers.

“The Expo is extremely relevant for all of us and we cannot wait to see what the team has prepared for us, exhibitors and visitors.”

These and other partners in the omnichannel and services zone join the many brand partners that have signed up, including several in recent days.

Representing Portuguese port and wine company Symington Family Estates, Global Travel Retail Director Gonçalo Aragão e Brito said: “Symington Family Estates is one of the most recognised port and still wine producers in Portugal, with an historic and solid presence in the travel retail industry. The regular presence at the TFWA Cannes festival, and the aiming of growing distribution in new markets like Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, among others, made our decision of participating as an exhibitor at the Virtual Travel Retail Expo easy. This will definitely be an outbreaking experience.”

Fast-growing South Korean beauty & wellbeing brand Tony Moly, represented by TR Partners, stated: “TonyMoly are delighted to be participating at the Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo and to have the opportunity to connect with the travel retail industry in an engaging and innovative way. We are also pleased to announce a partnership with TR Partners, who will join us at the Virtual Travel Retail Expo, to further develop our footprint in the global channel.”

About the Virtual Travel Retail Expo

The Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo is a pioneering virtual trade show and symposium, complete with Exhibition Hub, Knowledge Hub (Symposium and Workshops) and Experience Hub (an immersive engagement zone).

As evidenced by an outstanding line-up of over 110 exhibitors, it is a premium event for a premium audience. The unique five-day ‘live’ Expo takes place on 12-16 October and is set to be the defining travel retail industry happening in 2020.

Registration is free for buyers, exhibitors and preferred media partners. Dubai Duty Free, the world’s biggest single airport travel retail business, is presenting those registered Expo visitors with multiple prospects to win grand weekly prizes in its Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise draws (click here to register).