China Travel Retail (CTR), the networking event for travel retail brands, concessionaires and retailers targeting Chinese travellers, has unveiled the list of speakers and companies that will be participating in its inaugural event taking place in Shanghai on July 24 and 25.
The line-up of world-renowned industry speakers and panelists includes:
• George Horan, President, Dubai Duty Free
• Sinclair Lu, President, HuRun Report
• Wolfgang Weil, Chief Operations Officer, Xi'an Xianyang International Airport Ltd Co
• Jason Cha, Executive VP and Head, The Shilla Duty Free Group
• David Au, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Lifung Trinity Limited
• Mathieu Daubert, Head of Retail, Aéroports de Paris
• Chris Rayner, Executive Director, SSP International
• Jérôme Goldberg, President, JMG-Research
• Gary Mey, Sales Director, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
• Glenn Wedlock, GM Commercial, Auckland Airport
• Steffen Brandt, CEO Asia Pacific, Gebr. Heinemann
• Kevin Miller, Global Head of Insight, Ink
• Johnnie Voutsas, Vice President, Folli Follie Group
• John Woodhouse, Head of Business Development, China & East Asia, Aer Rianta International
“We are delighted to have so many well-respected industry speakers and companies participating at CTR”, says Jeffrey O’Rourke, Chief Executive of Ink. “This world-class line up of speakers, the superb agenda and the number of Chinese airports and duty free operators already attending, is fast establishing CTR as a definitive date in the Travel Retail calendar. We are hoping that over the coming weeks, we will be able to announce more high-profile speakers, delegates and sponsors coming to shanghai in July to attend our event”.
The China Travel Retail event and exhibition, taking place at the prestigious Marriott City Centre in Shanghai, will showcase best practices both domestically inside China, at Chinese airports and airlines, at sea, as well as how companies are successfully selling to Chinese consumers travelling overseas. The two-day schedule for the event will include a mix of keynote speeches and master classes that will cover topics including ‘China's influence on the rest of the travel retail market’, ‘how to create strong local partnerships’, ‘the luxury goods market: Chinese perspectives’ and ‘the changing travel retail landscape for Chinese travelers’.
“We believe that there is a need for an event that does not just showcase existing best practice within Chinese travel retail, but also helps companies to network, develop relationships and establish a footprint in this ever increasingly influential market”, says Nick Tan, President of GIS Events. “At CTR, we will be bringing together, for the first time, the most important decision makers from the airports, airlines, duty free operators, brands and concessionaires in China and looking to break into this market. “