I’m in France for one of the world’s most high-profile events, an annual gathering of the great and good in its particular sector and an international showcase for innovation and expertise.
No, no, no, I’m not talking about the TFWA World Exhibition, which kicks off this weekend in Cannes. In fact I’m not even there. Yet.
For me, it’s all about birdies, pars and bogeys rather than beauty, liquor and tobacco, as I’m attending the biennial Ryder Cup golfing showdown between the United States and Europe, taking place this year in Paris.
In fact, quite a few other travel retail identities are here in the French capital, including some of my favourite people in the industry, Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman Colm McLoughlin and his wife Breeda, and long-time Aer Rianta International-Middle East boss John Sutcliffe (who had made a welcome return to that company’s board) and his wife Anna Marie. With such wonderful companions, my cup (of the Ryder variety) truly runneth over.
I’m not skipping Cannes, just arriving late, which is what the American team will have to do if they are to pull this Ryder Cup contest out of a very deep and hot fire.
Once the golfing showdown is complete, I’m heading down to Cannes on Monday to join Dermot Davitt and Matt Willey in The Moodie Davitt Report’s Interim French Riviera Bureau. I look forward to seeing many of you in the sunny south of France.