CHINA. A compelling programme has been revealed for The Trinity Forum 2018, due to take place in Shanghai on 31 October and 1 November.

This year’s event is hosted by Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA). The event is a partnership between The Moodie Davitt Report, Airports Council International (ACI) and ACI Asia Pacific.

The Trinity Forum, the world’s most influential airport commercial revenues conference, will be the Jing-An Shangri La Hotel, West Shanghai. Hotel registration is open for delegates through the dedicated Trinity Forum 2018 website and at this link. Delegate registration for the event can also be made through the event website.

This year’s theme is ‘The changing airport and travel retail commercial eco-system’. It will evaluate how airports are adapting their commercial proposition and consumer services in a highly digital and technological age.

Here is the programme (subject to change and some additional speakers will be named soon).

Day 1 Wednesday 31 October 2018

09.00 – Registration

12.30 – Lunch

13.30 Opening remarks and film

Martin Moodie, Founder & Chairman, The Moodie Davitt Report

13.45 Welcome and international overview

Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World

14.00 Host welcome

Xin Feng, President, Shanghai Airport Authority

14.10 Official welcome to Shanghai

Senior local government and civil authority officials

China Duty Free Group President Charles Chen is a star attraction at this year’s Trinity Forum.

14.45 Keynote Address

Charles Chen, President, China Duty Free Group

Followed by Q&A

15.30 Session

16.00 Coffee break

16.30 Day 1 Keynote Address (Brands)

Disruptor or Disruptee?

John McDonnell, Managing Director, Tito’s Handmade Vodka

17.00 Keynote Address (Airport)

Mathieu Daubert, Director Customer Division (and member of Executive Committee), Groupe ADP

17.30 Close

19.00 Opening Cocktail Evening



Registration & refreshments

08.30 Towards a ‘new retail’

Aireen Omar, Deputy Group CEO (Digital, Transformation and Corporate Services), AirAsia*

Kian Gould, Chief Executive Officer, AOE

Roberto Graziani, Executive Vice Chairman, DFASS*

Patrick Bohl, Head of Retail & Advertising, Budapest Airport

10.00 Benchmarking Commercial Excellence

An interview with Airport Council International (ACI) ASQ Associate Director, Dimitri Coll about the new ASQ Commercial survey, which provide insights into commercial performance and how airports can optimise non-aeronautical revenues.


Coffee Break

11.00 The Trinity Panel – Big picture perspectives on the future of our business

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman, Dubai Duty Free*

Gary Clarke, General Manager, Mars

Masanao Tomozoe, President & CEO of Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd (Nagoya Airport)

12.15 China: The shape of consumer engagement, luxury and beauty retail to come

Angela Wang, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group China

Yan Lee, Chief Product Officer, iClick Interactive (Asia) Limited

Mirko Wang, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Jessica’s Secret

Plus additional speaker to be named

13.15 Lunch

14.15 Trinity panel – Reimagining the airport commercial offer

Beth Brewster, Executive Vice President, Business Development & Lounges, Manchester Airports Group

Giovanna Verrilli, Associate Director, Retail and Food Programs, Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Elisabeth Jouguelet, Vice-President Marketing, Shiseido Travel Retail

Michael Simon, General Manager, Altria International

15.45 Coffee Break


Trinity Panel: Destination 2030 – where are the next stops on the travel retail journey?

Dag Rasmussen, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Lagardère Travel Retail

Senior executive (to be named soon), Shanghai Airport Authority

 Gerry Munday, Global Travel Retail Director, Furla


Conference ends


Pre-Gala Dinner cocktails


Gala Dinner

*Note: To be confirmed

Shanghai Airport Authority President Xin Feng said: “The Trinity Forum gives Shanghai Airport Authority an opportunity and platform to work with overseas brands, concessionaires and industry partners and we can use this platform to learn from the international community.

Underlining the power of partnership: Shanghai Airport Authority President Xin Feng (centre), The Moodie Davitt Report President Dermot Davitt (left) and ACI Asia Pacific Regional Director Patti Chau sign the MOU for this year’s Trinity Forum.

“With this event the government will show how open China is to overseas traders and investors. This is an important time: Shanghai Pudong Airport’s new satellite terminal will open next year and will be the largest satellite terminal in the world. We hope that The Trinity Forum will help us attract more brands and concessionaires to Shanghai Airport. The market in Shanghai is huge. We hope for a successful event.”

Platinum partners for the event include Lagardère Travel Retail, Diageo Global Travel, Dufry, L’Oréal Travel Retail, Mars Wrigley Confectionery International Travel Retail and Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail.

Furla and Perricone MD are lunch partners.

Silver partners include Dubai Duty Free, La Prairie and Victorinox. Additional partners include Lacoste, Travel Food Services (TFS), Leonidas, Tous, Godiva, Nestlé International Travel Retail, Davidoff Cigars and Sweeps.

As reported, this year’s conference will begin with a half-day session leading into the Opening Cocktail, followed by a full-day conference and the closing Gala Dinner. Further details about the programme will be announced soon.