SINGAPORE. The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) has revealed a strong line-up of speakers for the APTRA Exchange panel discussion, themed ‘Navigating the Headwinds’, scheduled as part of The Trinity Forum 2022 (1-2 November) in Singapore.
The Trinity Forum is owned by The Moodie Davitt Report and co-organised with ACI World and ACI Asia Pacific. The event is hosted this year by Changi Airport Group.
The APTRA Exchange (2 November) will explore the dynamics and challenges surrounding industry recovery. These include logistics and supply chain issues; labour force shortages and changes in the employment market; and inflationary pressures on operators in the wider travel ecosystem and on consumer spending power.
The four APTRA Exchange panellists are:
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) CEO Liz Ortiguera will provide an update on travel and tourism including visitor arrival forecasts, destination strategies and sustainable travel industry trends from across Asia Pacific and beyond from PATA’s extensive membership base and industry network.
Asian hospitality is often called out as world class and Ortiguera will bring to the conversation the all-important role of people within the sector. She will discuss her and PATA’s drive to maintain such high standards and why, to boost recovery from the pandemic, it has never been more important to create a great workplace, job conditions and career paths for people working in travel and tourism.
Partnerwise Boardroom CEO Salvatore Arico will share his perspective on manpower dynamics and workplace trends impacting travel retail in Asia Pacific and beyond. Formerly Chief Global Organisation and Transformation Officer at Dufry and a board member at Hellenic Duty Free, Arico is a highly experienced expert in people leadership and development, from shop floor to board room in the retail and consumer brands sectors. Partnerwise Boardroom is an executive search consultancy, focused on C suite advising and delivering personalised executive search, succession planning, talent development and wider advisory solutions in organisation and people management.
Diageo Global Travel Commercial Director, APAC, MENA and India Sandra Tassily’s expertise in bringing premium spirits brands to market, usually on the other side of the world to where they are produced, means supply chain management is a key priority. She will share her experiences of supply chain pressures in the post-pandemic period.
King Power Group (Hong Kong) CEO Sunil Tuli, one of the industry’s most seasoned retailers, is no stranger to industry crises and times of great change. As such he is well positioned to discuss the strong headwinds facing travel retail.
Tuli, speaking in his capacity as APTRA President, said, “I am absolutely delighted to welcome such an exciting line-up of experts to join me at the APTRA Exchange to bring their professional perspectives to this discussion. Our focus is on key macro issues and trends that affect us all in travel retail and yet are rarely discussed in a public forum. On behalf of APTRA I would like to thank Liz, Salvatore and Sandra for their time and contribution. We would also like to thank Bacardi for their valued sponsorship of the APTRA Exchange.”
Trinity Forum Gala Dinner nearly sold out
The Gala Dinner will be held at the magnificent Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) on 2 November, sponsored by Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail and hosted by Changi Airport Group. Please note that due to strict capacity limits at Jewel, very few seats remain at the Gala Dinner, so register now to secure your place at one of travel retail’s glamour events. Conference-only delegate passes at a discounted rate will be offered once the Gala Dinner is booked out.
Registration is open here: https://trinityforum.events. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Irene@MoodieDavittReport.com, Sarah@MoodieDavittReport.com or Aran@MoodieDavittReport.com
Official hotel allocation full
The preferential rate room allocation at The Trinity Forum official hotel and conference venue, JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, is now sold out. Additionally all deluxe and premier rooms have sold out. Only limited Club Deluxe and Club Premier rooms are available in the range of SG$600++ to SG$800++ (discounted for Trinity attendees).
Please contact the hotel for next best available rates for the limited remaining rooms. Delegates’ understanding is appreciated as hotel rooms are in high demand due to other major events in the city. Please be advised, no further discounts will be available after Monday, 24 October. Also see https://trinityforum.events/hotel/
Please directly email Ms. Shi Qing ONG, Event Manager, at ShiQing.Ong@marriotthotels.com with your requirements.
However numerous premium hotels in close proximity have availability, including ParkRoyal Collection, Naumi Hotel, Pan Pacific Singapore, Intercontinental Singapore, Raffles and Mandarin Oriental.