Drinks International Travel Retail Awards open for entries

Entries are now open for this year’s Drinks International Travel Retail Awards. The awards will take place during the TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes.The magazine has announced a new venue for this year’s awards – the Bay Restaurant within the Palais des Festivals et des Congres complex.

Drinks International commercial director Justin Smith said: “The TFWA has very generously allowed us to use the Bay Restaurant for the awards, which is a perfect location, enabling easy access for participants directly from the show floor.”

The awards party will take place on Tuesday September 20 from 6pm to 8pm. Smith continued: “We know that there are many events going on during the evening and being able to hold the awards within the Palais itself will provide a very easy-to-get-to first stop for everyone, whatever the weather.”

The Bay Restaurant is situated within the Bay Village above the Riviera Village. Drinks and canapés will be served from 6pm and awards will be announced at 6.45pm.

Now in its 5th year, the Drinks International Travel Retail Awards are open to suppliers within any area of the drinks industry including spirits, wines and beer, as well as retailers for specific operator awards. Designed to recognise the importance of the liquor sector in travel retail, there are seven supplier awards and two operator awards including Best Drinks Launch at TFWA World Exhibition, Best Luxury Drinks Brand of the Year, Best Drinks Launch of the Year, Best Packaging/Repackaging of a Drinks Brand, Best Presentation Box/Gift Set, Most Creative Marketing Concept/Travel Retail In-store Promotion, Supreme Travel Retail Champion, Drinks Buyer of the Year, and Travel Retail Outlet of the Year.

The entry deadline is July 29 2011. For more information, contact Jo Morley on +44 (0) 1293 590044 or email jo.morley@drinksint.com