March 25 2024  |  Associations

APTRA announces plans for 2025 India Conference

By Hibah Noor

APTRA President Sunil Tuil (right) said he was "absolutely thrilled" with the inaugural India Conference

The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) has hailed the success of the inaugural India Conference in Delhi last week.

Over 250 delegates attended the event, a new, annual initiative from APTRA,designed to shine the spotlight on this important, fast-developing market. In keeping with APTRA’s NFP status, all profits from the event will be invested into APTRA’s support for the industry across Asia Pacific, such as research, events and advocacy.

APTRA is also delighted to confirm that the APTRA India Conference will return in early 2025, with the location to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

As a long-standing member of APTRA, Delhi Duty Free Services joined as Platinum Host Partner. Recently joining APTRA, Gulf Beverages & African-Eastern supported the event as Prestige Partner.

Jaya Singh, Managing Director Mondelez World Travel Retail, addresses the 2023 APTRA India Conference

With an insights-driven agenda, the conference program included a keynote address from Manisha Saxena, Director General, Tourism, Government of India, spanning cornerstone developments in tourism, aviation, retail, consumer insights and perspectives,development trends in core and new categories.

Sunil Tuli, President of APTRA and Group Chief Executive Officer, King Power Group (HongKong) commented, “I am absolutely thrilled with the inaugural APTRA India Conference; it was an honor to have the Director General Tourism, Government of India join us to update on Tourism, the backbone to Travel Retail. I would like to thank all other speakers for their detailed content and insights; and for the support from so many partners – Aperol, ChangiAirport Group, Gulf Beverages &African-Eastern, Lindt, Nestle and Voiceback Analytics – inhelping us provide valuable networking opportunities. Additionally, thanks to Beam Suntory,Dubai Duty Free, Mondelez, Pernod Ricard, Whyte &Mackay for their Gold partnerships and to our Silver partners, Heinemann, King Power Group and to Lacoste as Apparel Partner andEnviro-Point as sustainable delegate bag partner. Thanks also to the two evening event hosts, Diageo and Bacardi for hosting spectacular celebrations, showcasing how premiumspirits are hand in hand with cocktail culture in India.

“I would especially like to recognize APTRA’s Executive Director Anne Kavanagh, supported by Sharolyn Paul, for delivering this exceptional event as a team of just two people. The success has inspired us to plan for more events that help the industry understand the power, purpose and potential of key markets in Asia Pacific, including India. I am delighted to confirm that the APTRA India Conference 2025 will take place in early 2025 and we willconfirm the location in the coming weeks.”

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