September 07 2012, 10:00 AM

The Middle East Duty Free Association and TFWA are pleased to announce that theprogramme for the 2012 MEDFA Conference, which will take place on 26th and 27thNovember in the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai, is taking shape.

The focus of this conference, which is a must-attend event for duty free and travel retail industry executives active in the region, will be the Middle East’s pivotal role in the global economy and specifically in the aviation sector as a major hub for international travel.

After an opening address by MEDFA President, John Sime, keynote speaker Dr GhanemAl Hajri, Director General, Sharjah Airport Authority will provide his views on the state of the aviation industry in the Middle East, looking at key growth factors and how airports in the UAE are prepared for future economic fluctuations.

Dr Costas Verginis, Director, Consulting Real Estate & Hospitality, Deloitte & Touche will present a wider perspective of the Middle East within the global economy against the backdrop of recent political turmoil and of the impact of travel to and through the region by people from fast growing economies such as China and India.

In ‘About Africa: focus on business in North & South Africa’, retailers and operators will assess the growth drivers, recent performance and expectations for the future in their respective markets.

The focus will be turned on the consumer in ‘Shopper insights: downtown and duty free’ with analysis of the shopping behaviour of different customers in the two channels by specialists in Middle Eastern markets.

Engaging the customer at all stages of the travel experience is the subject of ‘360° Communication’ led by experts in communications technology and social media.

The keynote speaker on the second day will be Stephan Pichler, CEO, Jazeera Airways on ‘Building the brand in the Middle East’ with his insight to the future of the airline sector in the region.

There will be a session on ‘Excellence in the air’ where creating positive customer experiences at close quarters is key to successful retailing. This will be followed by a lively session on ‘Brand news: innovation in duty free & travel retail’ with contributions from international companies in the beauty, liquor and tobacco sectors.

Finally in ‘East meets West: a focus on China, India and the Chinese and Indiantraveller in the Middle East’ the two Asian giants, which divert millions of passengers through the Middle East, will go under the spotlight.

The 2012 MEDFA Conference will be moderated by Dermot Davitt, Executive Director – Deputy Publisher, The Moodie Report and John Sutcliffe, Consultant Director, Aer RiantaInternational Middle East.

Ample networking time has been scheduled into the programme supported by generous sponsors: Official Carrier – Emirates airline; Diamond Sponsor & Gala Dinner Host – Dubai Duty Free; Platinum Sponsors – Davidoff, Le Sportsac, Philip Morris, Pernod Ricard and Patron Spirits; Gold Sponsors – LS Travel Retail/Aelia, Ferrero Travel Market and Tourvest Duty Free; Silver Sponsors – Counter Intelligence Retail and Perfetti van Melle; Welcoming Cocktail – Dufry Sharjah; Lunch – Traveller Limited and Qatar Duty Free; Coffee break – Nestle And  International Duty Free Trading Agencies; Conference Portfolio & Bag – Travel Retail & Duty Free Markets; Badge Lanyards – The Moodie Report.

The Media Partners are The Moodie Report, Duty Free News International, Travel Retail & Duty Free Markets, The Decision Makers, Frontier, Frontier Brands, Travel Retail Business, Travel Retailer International, Gulf-Africa Magazine.

The 10th anniversary MEDFA Conference in November 2011 was attended by a record 470 delegates.

The full programme with details of speakers can be found at www.tfwa.com. Pre-registration for the MEDFA Conference will open on 26th September.
For further information please contact

TFWA Press Office – Kate Teagle
Tel: +44 1784 434 666
Email: press@tfwa.com