Former New York Mayor Giuliani to speak at TFWA Cannes

The Tax Free World Association has announced that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be the headline speaker at its inaugural conference prior to its annual Cannes exhibition opening.

Former lawyer and businessman, Giuliani was mayor of New York at the time of the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 on the World Trade Center towers.

He will be joined on Monday October 19 at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, by Peter Long, joint CEO of TUI Group.

Besides being an authority on crisis management, Giuliani is said to have demonstrated his capacity for providing guidance and support, rebuilding morale and uniting citizens towards a common goal. His broad political perspective and successful business career mean his views are sought on a wide range of subjects from leading change to economic and foreign policy, says TFWA.

TUI Group, headquartered in Germany, is the world’s largest leisure, travel and tourism company and operates several airlines, hundreds of hotels, travel agencies, retail stores plus a dozen cruise ships.  Peter Long has a broad overview of current global travel trends, tourism and retail.

TFWA president Erik Juul-Mortensen will present his annual ‘state of the industry’ address, summarising progress and challenges facing the duty free & travel retail industry.

In addition to the plenary conference, TFWA will host two workshops at the Hotel Majestic on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8am to 9am.

The first, Market Watch: South Korea, will focus on the world’s largest single duty free & travel retail market. The country’s travel retail landscape has changed considerably this year with the award of new concessions at Incheon International Airport and the imminent allocation of lucrative downtown duty free licences in Seoul and Jeju. Despite the recent downturn caused by the MERS outbreak, the market is one of the industry’s most vibrant.

The second workshop, Inflight Focus, will update delegates on the latest trends in the inflight retail channel, featuring senior representatives from airlines and concessionaires.  

TFWA World Exhibition & Conference 2015, October 18-23.