Tax Free World Association (TFWA) announces changes to its senior management team

PARIS, France, 2017-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tax Free World Association (TFWA) is pleased to announce changes to its senior management team. Effective from 1 October 2017 Alain Maingreaud, TFWA managing director since 2010, is assuming a new part-time position as associate director. Succeeding Alain as managing director is John Rimmer, until now conference, research and corporate affairs director.

Alain, who has been with the association since 1995, is taking on the role with a view to combining personal projects with his new position at TFWA. As associate director, he will report to the managing director, assisting him on various projects including the organisation of the association’s two biggest events, TFWA World Exhibition & Conference and TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference.

John, who joined TFWA in October 2012, has been involved in the duty free and travel retail industry for seventeen years. As managing director, he will report to the TFWA president, assuming full responsibility for the association’s events and activities, and helping define its strategy as approved by the board and management committee.

Commenting on the changes, TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen said; “Alain has been a stalwart of the association and has made an extremely important contribution to its success for over twenty years. The board and management committee are very grateful to him for his work over the years and we are delighted that he will continue to serve TFWA as associate director, providing support to John and the permanent staff on a number of projects.

“John is known to many people in the industry, and in his five years with TFWA so far he has driven a number of successful new initiatives as well as strengthening our vital conferences & research division. He has also played a significant role in managing the association’s charity initiative, TFWA Care. We are certain he is the right person to lead the association’s next phase of development, and to strengthen our links with industry stakeholders – firstly our members and exhibitors, but also all those who visit our events, along with trade associations, press and partners around the globe.

“As part of his overall responsibilities, John will continue to oversee the running of TFWA’s conferences, assisted by conference manager Michele Miranda, and research & corporate, assisted by Maha Abdennbi and Sabine Parmentier.

“The board, management committee and staff of TFWA look forward to working closely with John, who will have the full support of the whole team as we move into an exciting new phase for the association.”

John is a graduate of Christ’s College, Cambridge University, where he was awarded a first-class degree in modern & medieval languages. Within duty free and travel retail he served as editor of Duty-Free News International from 2004 to 2006, when he joined French travel retailer Aelia (now Lagardère Travel Retail) as deputy director of business development. In 2010 he returned to the UK to join The Moodie Report (now The Moodie Davitt Report) as executive director business development, before joining TFWA in 2012.

For further information please contact:
TFWA Press Office/Templemere PR
Tel: +44 (0)1306 735574

SOURCE: Tax Free World Association


TFWA to mark the 70th anniversary of the duty free industry with the launch of global marketing drive

Paris, France, 2017-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — TFWA is to mark the 70th anniversary of the duty free industry in 2017 by launching a global marketing drive highlighting the vital contribution the industry makes to the travel industry and the wider economy. The campaign, which will be made available for use by business partners and stakeholders across the world, features a series of six illustrative graphical adverts based around a number of core messages.

“The 70th anniversary of our industry gives us a wonderful opportunity to tell people why duty free and travel retail matters – whether it’s at airports, on board ferries and cruise ships, at the border, downtown or during a flight,” says TFWA president Erik Juul-Mortensen. “Our industry generates excitement and pleasure as well as vital revenues, and we want to mark that through this campaign.”

The campaign, featuring the caption “Duty free & travel retail: part of the journey”, will consist of a series of evocative and distinctive adverts, each highlighting an aspect of the contribution made by duty free and travel retail to the world of travel. Some of these are practical, such as how the industry brings jobs to local communities, makes travel more accessible and paves the way for transport improvements. Others are more emotional, such as how a visit to the duty free store is part of the holiday experience, how a gift from duty free can make a homecoming even happier, and how the industry brings customers great brands at great prices. The imagery on each advert has been designed to be culturally universal, and the series will be produced in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Arabic as well as other languages if required.

Airports, retailers, airlines, cruise lines, brands, trade press and other stakeholders partnering with TFWA for this venture will be invited to add their own logo to the adverts, which will be available in a range of formats. These can then be used at their own locations according to availability, in their own promotional material or as part of social media campaigns. The visuals will be made available to partners entirely free of charge.

“It’s a powerful platform for us all to come together and convey a positive message to the traveller about what our industry is all about. So far, we’ve had a really positive response from some of the leading operators in the industry, and I hope all will be united in supporting this initiative. As said before, we as an industry need to speak more often with one voice – this is a chance to do just that.”

To follow TFWA on Twitter, please visit @TFWAnews or search for the hashtag #DutyFree70

For further information please contact:
TFWA press office/Templemere PR
Tel: +44 (0)1306 735574

Source: TFWA