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- Travel retail off piste: Moodie and Davitt shareholders at war over sporting showdown - October 16, 2019
- Whiskey tears will flow but what colour will they be? - October 13, 2019
- A chapter closes in Cannes but a new plot begins in Auckland - October 7, 2019
The view from The Moodie Davitt Report Interim French Riviera Bureau in Cannes is enough to send one’s spirits soaring. As I battle in vain to shake off the jetlag from my visit to New Zealand and Hong Kong last week (hard to imagine I was in Christchurch and Auckland just seven days ago), this is just the tonic.
With our long-time accommodation knocked down last year, Dermot Davitt and I are holed up in some style at an apartment overlooking the Croisette. We’re right next to Louis Vuitton, apparently the French luxury brand having insisted on the adjacency. Or was it the other way around…?
We’ve brought our biggest team ever (11 people) here for what remains the glamour event in the travel retail calendar. I may not agree with their choice of keynote speaker this year (or, disturbingly, the fact that he insists we don’t record him) but I cannot fault TFWA on their superb organisation of a complex and demanding event this week.
We kicked off the week with our own memorable event on Saturday when we welcomed Gautom Menon and Paul George V at the conclusion of their epic Kerala to Cannes ‘Roartrip’. To see the two in their trusty TRiger, horn blaring, turn into the street outside Ma Nolan’s where a big crowd was waiting to greet them, was a joyous and emotional moment. Not surprisingly, a very big party followed. Thanks to Rowena Holland at Essential Communications for her help in putting it all together.
Yesterday saw another important happening, the first-ever Wine O’Clock workshop, organised by The Moodie Davitt Report and top-notch Singaporean PR-to-design-to-communications agency Filtr. It was a considerable success as we talked wine, championed wine and drank wine. But the highlight was undoubtedly a special award to Kay Spanger of Gebr Heinemann, who recently completed 40 years with the company. During those 40 years he has been an outstanding advocate for the wine category, something recognised yesterday.
TFWA’s traditional Opening Cocktail last night was held at a new venue – L’Ecrin Plage at the Port Pierre Canto. The new venue proved popular – and spectacular, especially as the traditional firework display lit up the night sky.
Now it’s down to business, with the Conference this morning and the exhibition beginning this afternoon. Like everyone, I have a crammed schedule with appointments every 30 minutes throughout the week. On top of the cursed jetlag, that means it won’t just be the website that never sleeps for the next few days. Like the Wild Tiger twosome though, it is simply a matter of adopting a Cannes-do spirit.