AUSTRALIA. The leading travel essentials retailers across Australia and New Zealand have signalled their strong support for the 2024 Australian Airports Association Retail & Commercial Forum, which takes place at the Pullman on the Park Hotel in Melbourne, Australia from 22-24 July.

LagardèreAWPL, WHSmith and Avolta have signed up to the Travel Essentials Industry Support Panel of sponsors to back the event, now in its third year.

Organised by a partnership between the Australian Airports Association (AAA), The Mercurius Group and The Moodie Davitt Report, the Forum brings together all the key players in the airport non-aeronautical revenue sector. These include airports from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, duty free and specialty retailers, food & beverage operators, foreign exchange operators, advertising concessionaires, ground transport providers and various advisers and suppliers.

Since its inception in 2022, sponsorship for the Forum has been based on a unique-to-this-event shared model where all the main players contribute equally to the sponsorship and enjoy equal top billing.

In travel essentials, the top two regional players LagardèreAWPL and WHSmith are joined this year by Avolta, which has signalled its intent to mirror the strength of its wider travel essentials business in the Australia and New Zealand markets.

AAA Chief Operating Officer Adrian Plumb said: “Travel essentials is a critical retail category for airports. It’s the one type of retail that can be sustained in airports large, medium and small. We are delighted to welcome all three top travel essentials operators. These partnerships are fundamental to making this event a success, allowing us to bring together the entire airport commercial community each year.”

LagardèreAWPL CEO Costa Kouros said: “LagardèreAWPL has been a supporter of the AAA Retail & Commercial Forum since its inception in 2022 and we are delighted to be able to continue to support this important event that brings together our whole industry.”

WHSmith Managing Director, APAC Carl Hargrave said: “We are pleased to be involved in this Forum once again. It has no parallels in the Pacific market as a networking, business development, informative and education event for the travel retail sector.”

Avolta Managing Director – SE Asia and Oceania David Mackay said: “Our partnership with this Forum has helped us strengthen our business in Australia in recent years, evidenced by the successful addition of outlets at Gold Coast Airport over the past 12 months. We are eagerly looking forward to the event and the opportunity to explore new projects with new and existing partners. With an expanded scope in F&B and travel retail as well as duty free, we are committed to realising our strategy to make travellers happier here in Australia and New Zealand.”

The Mercurius Group Managing Director Ivo Favotto said: “Because travel essentials is relevant to so many airports, the commitment of these operators to this event is critical. It helps us to bring value in attending to airports of all shapes and sizes.”

The Moodie Davitt Report President Dermot Davitt said: “Travel essentials is a core category for travel retail our aim is help these operators connect with as many airports as possible to drive commercial opportunities.”

As reported, the leading duty free players in the market have also signed up to an Industry Support Panel for the Retail & Commercial Forum. More support panel announcements will be made soon.

For more details about the Forum, visit the AAA website.

For further comment or details on the event and for Australasian sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Ivo Favotto
The Mercurius Group
[email protected]
+61 423564057

For international sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Irene Revilla: [email protected]
Sarah Genest: [email protected]

Aran Turner: [email protected]  ✈


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