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Despite the world crises and uncertainty in several parts of the world, the TFWA President stated his cautious optimism and the results of the show confirmed this.

tfwa cannes reasons for optimism in global 2016 duty free and travel retail sales The annual TFWA Conference and Exhibition, held in Cannes from 2nd to 7th October 20176, drew a record-breaking number of delegates, exhibitors and visitors. A total of 22,475 square feet of exhibition space hosted the 492 companies exhibiting on 472 stands, a record for Cannes and an increase of 2.1% compared to 2015.


In addition, 59 of the exhibitors were new or returning exhibitors after a break. Although the challenging commercial landscape saw overall visitor numbers dip slightly (-2%) compared to 2015, out of a total of 6,443, more came from the key industry categories, with 4,625 operators, landlords and agents. The event welcomed 1065 visitors from Asia, a new record and with a 16.9% increase in visitors from the UK, it was the fastest growing of the top ten nationalities. The event started, as always, with a state-of-the-industry address by Erik Juul-Mortensen, TFWA President, insight from its largest retailer, JuliĂĄn DĂ­az GonzĂĄlez, CEO of Dufry, tech thoughts with Randi Zuckerberg, social media pioneer and geopolitical analysis by statesman and NGO head David Miliband, drew a record 1,634 delegates, +8.6% more than in 2015.

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