Two more senior travel retail executives, one each from BF&GH (Gebr Heinemann) Travel Retail in Kiev, Ukraine, and Dufry are in with a chance to win US$1 million or a luxury car following the latest Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo prize draws in association with Dubai Duty Free.

Lidia Vynogradna, P&C Head of Category Manager at BF&GH Travel Retail in Kiev, has won a ticket for the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw and could now capture the US$1 million prize.

Dufry Global Head Category Management Watches/Jewellery/Sunglasses Beat Scharer goes into the Finest Surprise draw with the opportunity to win a luxury car.

Each of our weekly draws is conducted through an online random name generator. Dubai Duty Free, the world’s biggest single airport travel retail business, is offering registered Expo visitors multiple opportunities to win grand prizes in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise draws.

All registered retailers, buyers and airport executives have the chance to win a ticket for the two immensely popular draws every Friday between now and the Virtual Travel Retail Expo, which is due to commence on 12 October. A final celebratory draw will be held at the Expo.

Over the past 20 years, the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire promotion has changed the lives of 332 winners and their families. Seven lucky individual winners have won twice. The Finest Surprise Promotion is now in its 30th year, making it the longest-running duty free promotion in the world.

In the event of any individual winning an ultimate grand prize, it can be donated to charity if a company policy precludes accepting individual benefits. That’s precisely what one of last week’s winners, Taipei-based Gary Chau, General Manager of Tasa Meng decided to do, donating his ticket in the Finest Surprise draw to one of the Virtual Travel Retail Expo’s nominated charities, Smile Train. As reported, for every exhibitor at the Expo The Moodie Davitt Report is funding a life-changing cleft operation.

Visitors to the Virtual Travel Retail Expo can learn more about the Dubai Duty Free prize draws at a dedicated stand and even buy tickets via a digital touchpoint

Chinese attendance booms

In related news, the rapid recovery of China’s travel retail market , focused principally on the epicentre of Hainan island, has been reflected by strong interest from Chinese retailers.

Madam Wu Yuanfei, General Manager of the newly established Hainan Tourism Investment Duty Free Co Ltd, is the latest Chinese travel retailer to confirm the attendance of her team. With the company having just this month been granted a duty free licence, allowing it to open a store on Hainan island this year, Madam Wu and her team look forward to meeting brands at the Expo.

Industry powerhouse China Duty Free Group is a Platinum Partner of the event and its President Charles Chen is delivering a keynote address on day 1.

Other leading Chinese retailers attending include the powerful CNSC, newcomer Wangfujing; Shenzhen Duty Free; Zhuhai Duty Free; King Power Group HK; and Sky Connection. They will be joined by other travel retailers with strong Chinese interests including Dufry; Sky Connection; The Shilla Duty Free (Macau); and DFS Group.

Kweichow Moutai and the Camus-led Spirit of China will add a distinct Chinese flavour to the Exhibition Hub, while iSkytrip, the airport-based intelligent travel service platform owned by Trip.com and Shanghai Airport Authority, will be a Gold Partner.

There will also be an extensive Chinese media and services presence including Globuy, TripurX, Global Travel Retail Observer, Jessica’s Secret, Jing Daily and Jing Travel. For more information click here

To register for The Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo (12-16 October) and qualify for each prize draw in the run-up to the event, please click here.