January 25 2024  |  Associations

APTRA announces speaker list and agenda for India conference

By Hibah Noor

Sunil Tuli, APTRA President and Group Chief Executive Officer King Power Group (Hong Kong)

Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) has been in Delhi this week, meeting event partners as the preparation for the APTRA India Conference 2024. Since the opening of delegate registration, dozens of executives from across the industry have signed up from as far afield as North & Southeast Asia and the Middle East to Europe and the Americas.

The conference will take place Tuesday, March 19 – Wednesday, March 21, at The Pullman Hotel, Aerocity, New Delhi. See below for a list of speakers and conference agenda.

Sunil Tuli, President of APTRA and Group Chief Executive Officer King Power Group (Hong Kong) says,We are grateful to Delhi Duty Free as Platinum Host and to our growing list of conference partners whose vital support enables us to create a dynamic agenda at a competitively priced delegate rate. The speaker program will be packed with valuable insights on the business of travel retail in India, including the political and economic dynamics driving the national agenda following the economic liberalisation of the past decade; the unstoppable rise of the aviation industry, airport and airline investments creating the customer base for travel retail; navigating the complicated ecosystem of regulations, policies and procedures in a country that has both national and state legislature; a deeper understanding of Indian consumer and cultural references in India 3.0, with presentations and insights from India market experts.”

With many more travel retail industry experts and India specialists to be announced over the coming weeks, speakers include:

Stefano Baronci, Director General at ACI Asia Pacific & Middle East

Ray Hernan, Chief Executive Officer at Aer Rianta International

Sunil Tuli, APTRA President & Group Chief Executive Officer at King Power Group (Hong Kong)

Vijay Talwar, Chief Commercial Officer at Avolta

Ashish Chopra, Chief Executive Officer at Delhi Duty Free

Ramesh Cidambi, Chief Operating Officer at Dubai Duty Free

Dr. Munif Mohammed, Chief Executive Officer at Lagardère Middle East

Kaveri Khullar, SVP, Consumer Marketing & Sponsorship, APAC at Mastercard

Jaya Singh, Managing Director at Mondelez World Travel Retail

Avishek Bambii Das, Chief Executive Officer at Mumbai Travel Retail

Nicola Wells, Head of Category Development at Nestlé International Travel Retail

Conference agenda:

Tuesday, March 19: Registration opens; delegates are invited to attend networking time at The Pullman Hotel & Novotel and an opening cocktail reception in partnership with Diageo

Wednesday, March 20:

09:00 - 17:00: Speaker program

Networking lunch in partnership with Changi Airport Group

Refreshment breaks in partnership with Kit Kat

Gala Dinner at The Pullman Hotel & Novotel in partnership with Bacardi

Thursday, March 21:

09:00-14:00: Speaker program

Refreshment break in partnership with Lindt

Lunch will be followed by an afternoon of networking. The conference will close with sundowner cocktails.

Contact sharolyn.paul@aptra.asia to book; the rate per delegate is $US600.

Contact anne.kavanagh@aptra.asia to learn more about available partnership and exhibition packages.

The Pullman Hotel is conveniently located approximately 15 minutes by taxi from Delhi International Airport and within 5 minutes’ walk of Aerocity metro station. A limited number of preferential rates are available at The Pullman Hotel and the immediately adjacent Novotel March18– 22. Visa assistance is also available, details on both from sharolyn.paul@aptra.asia.

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