Erik Juul-Mortensen President, TFWA
Greetings to the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference. Our annual rendezvous in Cannes remains a cherished moment on the duty-free and travel retail calendar, and it brings immense pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all those gracing the beautiful shores of the Côte d'Azur.
Gathering duty-free and travel retail professionals from every corner of the globe remains pivotal to the ongoing rejuvenation of our industry.
The opportunities for us to convene in person are growing increasingly precious, and the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference steadfastly provides the platform we require to exchange ideas, foster collaborations, and chart a course for the future. By participating in our events, whether as an exhibitor or visitor, industry professionals contribute significantly to the growth of our field.
As we draw the curtains on an exceptionally bustling summer season, it has become unmistakably clear that the yearning for travel has not waned. In fact, people's eagerness to explore the world has, if anything, intensified over the past few years, giving our industry every reason to be optimistic about the prospects that lie ahead. The resurgence our industry has witnessed in Asia over the past year further bolsters our positive outlook.
The TFWA World Exhibition & Conference offers countless avenues for delegates to network, learn, and conduct business. During the TFWA World Conference, attendees will have the privilege of hearing from a diverse array of speakers hailing from both within and beyond our industry.
Notable luminaries include two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward, Dr. Pippa Malmgren, whose latest work, 'The Infinite Leader,' earned her the International Press Award for the Best Book on Leadership in 2021, and Erin Meyer, a professor and author at INSEAD, recognized as one of the most influential business thinkers globally. These insights promise to stimulate attendees with thought-provoking perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
The ever-popular Airport Forum workshop will make a return, along with a workshop addressing the crucial issue of anti-illicit trade—a subject that resonates deeply with TFWA. Moreover, given the pervasive role of technology in shaping our industry's future, delegates will also have the opportunity to explore novel and innovative approaches to engaging with travelers at TFWA i.la.
I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of you for joining us this year, and I wish you a productive, inspiring, and delightful week ahead.
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