QATAR. Two of the most senior executives from Chinese ecommerce and retail giant Alibaba, Angel Zhao and Roman Zhu, have joined a star-studded speaker line-up for The Trinity Forum, which takes place in Doha on 30 and 31 October.
Zhao is President of Alibaba’s Global Business Group while Zhu is General Manager of Fliggy Buy – Alibaba’s new platform that allows Chinese travellers to make purchases online at duty free and tax free shops before they leave home.
KrisShop CEO Chris Pok is another newly-confirmed speaker. As featured in the latest issue of The Moodie Davitt eZine, KrisShop recently unveiled a new look for its omnichannel platform, which joint venture partners Singapore Airlines, 3Sixty and ground services provider SATS said would “help redefine travel retail in years to come”.
This year’s Trinity Forum will also feature a powerful Airports CEO panel featuring Kansai International’s Emmanuel Menanteau, Queen Alia International’s Kjeld Binger and Pittsburgh International’s Christina Cassotis.
The full speaker line-up has nearly been finalised. Woods Bagot Global|North America Retail Sector Leader Kevin Roche (see panel below), OurShop (AirAsia) CEO Lalitha Sivanaser, SSP America Executive Vice President Pat Murray, Groupe ADP Chief Retail Officer Aude Ferrand, Hamad International Airport Chief Operating Officer Badr Al-Meer and Heathrow Airport Retail Director Fraser Brown are among those speakers previously confirmed.
They will join His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, who is CEO of Qatar Airways Group, Secretary General of the Qatar National Tourism Council and CEO of several divisions of Qatar’s national airline, including Qatar Executive, Hamad International Airport, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Aircraft Catering Company, Qatar Distribution Company, Qatar Duty Free and Internal Media Services for the event.
Delegates will have outstanding networking opportunities during the event. There will be a golf event on the afternoon before the conference begins (29 October), a city tour on the morning of 30 October and the Opening Cocktail event, sponsored by Diageo, on the evening of 30 October.
The Forum will conclude on the evening of 31 October with a Gala Dinner hosted by Hamad International Airport, Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free, with spirits and wines kindly provided by Pernod Ricard. The full itinerary can be viewed here.
This year’s Trinity Forum, organised by The Moodie Davitt Report, ACI World and ACI Asia-Pacific, is being co-hosted by Qatar Duty Free, Hamad International Airport and Qatar Airways.
The Trinity Forum, which has grown to become the world’s most influential airport commercial revenues conference, will be taking place at the St. Regis Hotel in Doha.
Qatar Airways is offering a 15% discount on fares to and from Doha for delegates (https://www.qatarairways.com/en-qa/offers/cug/TTF19.html – Promotional Code: DOHTTF19).
Platinum partners for the event include Diageo Global Travel; Dufry; L’Oréal Travel Retail; Mars Wrigley International Travel Retail; Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail; and Mondelēz International, which is also Innovation Partner and champion of the Trinity Challenge.
Silver partners include Rituals and Victorinox and App Partners Smart Alliance.
Additional partners include Cabin Zero, CAPI, Godiva, Happy Socks, Lacoste, Leonidas, Loacker, Long Haul Spa, Mercedes-Benz Parfums, Nestlé International Travel Retail, Tous and Travel Food Services.