INTERNATIONAL. More leading travel retailers and airport companies have joined the wave of industry support for the inaugural Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo, as registration opens.

The unique 5-day ‘live’ event, followed by a 30-day showcase (click here to register) begins on 12 October, just after the conclusion of the Chinese Golden Week holidays. It features a star-studded series of events across the five days, including a Symposium, category workshops and a new consumer research initiative. Early bird rates for exhibitor bookings expire on 1 June.

Retailers and their buyers can visit The Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo free of charge from anywhere in the world without having to leave their desks. China Duty Free Group and The SEVA Group are Diamond Partners of the event. Several further major announcements will be made this week.

Retailers and airports will not have to spend a single cent in attending – registration is free, and the virtual format means no travel & entertainment nor accommodation costs, and no time lost from the office.

Duty Free Americas (DFA) President Leon Falic said: “Our management team and buyers look forward to attending and visiting our valued brand partners at Virtual Travel Retail Expo, all without having to leave the office.”

Starboard Cruise Services President & CEO Lisa Bauer (who will also be a speaker at the Symposium) said: “Times like these spur innovation and creativity, and the Virtual Travel Retail Expo & Symposium is a great platform for industry engagement. We see great value in our participation.”

Starboard and DFA join other leading travel retailers that have recently committed to attending the Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo, and to sending their management and buying teams. These include Aer Rianta International, China Duty Free Group, CNSC, DFS Group, Dubai Duty Free, Dufry, Ever Rich Duty Free, Harding, Gebr Heinemann, King Power Group (HK), King Power International (Thailand), King Power Traveler, Lagardère Travel Retail, Landmark Management Services, Lotte Duty Free, Qatar Duty Free, Regent Travel Retail Group, Shenzhen Duty Free and 3Sixty Duty Free.

They are bolstered by numerous airport participants including Heathrow, Dubai Airports, Fraport TAV Antalya, Heathrow, Ontario International Airport (California), Toronto Pearson International and many others.