MEADFA to hold next conference in Beirut from 19th to 20th November 2018

Dubai, UAE, 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A key event in one of duty free and travel retail’s most dynamic regions, the next MEADFA Conference will take place in Beirut from 19th to 20th November 2018.

January’s re-scheduled MEADFA Conference in Dubai welcomed an impressive 489 visitors, an increase on the number who attended the event in November 2016.

MEADFA President, Haitham Al Majali, said: “After the success of the MEADFA Conference in Dubai in January, I am delighted that we will be holding our next conference in Beirut. While we have faced a number of tough challenges over the past few years, there are plenty of reasons to believe in a bright future for duty free and travel retail in the Middle East and Africa, as was shown by the atmosphere during our event in Dubai.

“As is widely known, the MEADFA Board had hoped to bring last year’s Conference to Beirut, a city that is not only an attractive destination in its own right, but a vital hub for the regional business. We are delighted to bring the event to Lebanon and hope to see a strong turnout from our friends and partners in the region.”
Please look out for updates, including full details of the conference and information on how to confirm your place, on the TFWA and MEADFA websites soon. In the meantime, the full January 2018 MEADFA review is available on the TFWA website here:

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The MEADFA Conference to be held in Dubai, at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, on 28-30 January 2018

Dubai, UAE, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following the recent announcement of the rescheduling of its annual Conference, the Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association is pleased to confirm the new dates and venue for the event. The MEADFA Conference will now be held in Dubai, at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, on 28-30 January 2018. The event was initially scheduled to take place in Beirut in November.

Dubai Duty Free will be the Official Host of the Conference.

The MEADFA President Haitham al Majali said: “For all of us at MEADFA, the decision to move our annual Conference from Beirut was a very difficult one, and we remain hugely grateful to all our friends and partners in Lebanon and elsewhere for their support. We hope to take the event to Beirut in the near future.

“Having taken into account feedback from our delegates, we are confident that Dubai will be a popular choice to host the rescheduled conference. Dubai Duty Free has always been a most convivial host for this event, and we are grateful once again to them for their support.

“We are of course aware of the inconvenience that the postponement and change of venue has caused to all those involved in the Conference: not least our partners in Lebanon, but also our sponsors, speakers and delegates. We are grateful for their understanding and hope that the industry will get behind the event in its new location. It is more important than ever that we are able to gather together as one industry, and we look forward to welcoming our friends and partners to Dubai for what I am sure will be an insightful and enjoyable MEADFA Conference.”

Full details of the updated Conference programme will be published shortly, along with details on how to confirm your place at the rescheduled event.

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MEADFA reschedules MEADFA Conference to take place in the first quarter of 2018

Dubai, UAE, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a result of the current political uncertainty in the region, the Board of MEADFA has decided that the 2017 MEADFA Conference will not go ahead in Beirut as planned.

The event will be rescheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2018, at a date and venue to be confirmed shortly.

Delegate fees will be reimbursed in full to all registered delegates, unless they instruct MEADFA to retain their payment against participation at the conference in early 2018.

The MEADFA President, Haitham al Majali, said: “This has not been an easy decision to make, especially given the wonderful support we have received from our friends and partners in Lebanon during the planning for this year’s event. However, the first responsibility of the MEADFA Board with regard to our Conference is to guarantee the security of our delegates, and we feel that the current situation obliges us, with the greatest regret, to take this step.

“On behalf of MEADFA, I would like to extend my sincere and heartfelt thanks to His Excellency Mr Avedis Guidanian, Minister of Tourism for the Republic of Lebanon, for his unwavering support of this event, which I hope will return to Lebanon in the near future. We would also like to thank our friends and partners at Beirut Duty Free and Aphrodite Duty Free for all they have done in helping us plan the Conference. We understand that this decision will be a considerable disappointment to them, but hope that we will have the opportunity to work together again in future.

“I would also like to thank all our sponsors for the MEADFA Conference 2017 and hope that we will be able to rely on their support as we go forward. Also, I must thank our world-class line-up of speakers, who I very much hope to see at a future MEADFA Conference. Finally, my thanks to the nearly 400 delegates who had planned to attend this event. We hope to see you at the rescheduled MEADFA Conference early next year.

“Important though the MEADFA Conference is, both to the regional duty free & travel retail industry and to MEADFA itself, our first thoughts now are with the people of Lebanon, and with the stability and prosperity of our region. We have the utmost faith in the resilience of our people, of our businesses and of our industry, as we face this latest challenge.”


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