The CTR 2012
The second annual China Travel Retail event will take place in Sanya, Hainan, on 8-9 May 2013. The conference is organised by UK-based publisher Ink and leading Chinese events company GIS. The inaugural conference took place in Shanghai in July this year.
Over 190 delegates attended CTR 2012, and the organisers claimed they are planning to almost double the size for the 2013 event, to over 350 delegates. In addition, China Travel Retail 2013 will have a larger exhibition than in 2012, with up to 25 companies taking stands.
"The feedback from our first China Travel Retail conference was fantastic,” said Ink Chief Executive Jeffrey O’Rourke. “As a launch event it has been our most successful conference ever. Not only are delegates and exhibitors already enquiring about 2013, but we are confirming very high profile speakers to address the enlarged, premium audience that will come to Sanya in May next year.”
Delegates will have the chance of a behind the scenes tour of both Sanya Phoenix International Airport and China Duty Free Group’s downtown store during their visit. Sanya is one of the fastest-growing airports in China with over 10.35 million passengers in 2011. It serves Hainan Province which the Chinese government has slated to become an "international tourist destination" by 2020.
"China Travel Retail 2012 was the first conference we have staged where 70% of the delegates were Chinese. On the flip side, 70% of the speakers were western and as expected, both sides got a tremendous amount of value,” said Nick Tan, Founder and President of GIS Events. “The format worked superbly and the feedback has been excellent. It enabled the industry leaders, local businesses and western brands to mix, share ideas and build lasting relationships. Our launch event truly lived up to its billing of ‘East Meeting West’, and we will build on that 2013 in Sanya.”
The China Travel Retail Event in Sanya will involve a two-day conference, networking events (including a gala dinner) and one-to-one speed networking meetings.
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