We should stop talking about when travel retail as an industry or sector will recover but break it out country by country, or more accurately country to country.
It was like being the Captain of the just relaunched Singapore Airlines A380 flight from New York to Singapore (9,536.5 miles from JFK to Changi), switching over occasionally to my excellent Irish co-pilot Dermot Davitt on the Knowledge Hub sessions.
It’s been wonderful to chat with some of the leading Chinese retailers in their own language, similarly so for the teams from Lotte and Shilla in South Korea.
Roll on ten years and my business is fighting, like so many others, for its life, but I am in rollicking good health. I know which scenario I prefer.
The year of the rat hasn’t done much for the public image of rodents and it has certainly proved disastrous for MICE (Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions).
Bravo Becky Paskin. I am proud that you are our partner on World of Spirits, an event that will welcome women and men from all over the world but will bar sexism from entering the door.
Thanks to a range of enthralling virtual tastings that I have been invited to over recent weeks plus a barrage of entries for The QDF Factor (more of that in a subsequent Blog), I could now open one of the best bars in Hung Hom.
“Short-sighted, incomprehensible and, let’s say, quite masochistic decision! I love this country, but sometimes I hardly understand it”
We think we have created something ground-breaking not just in travel retail terms but within the whole digital world.
I had a dream, and it involved Martins. Lots of Martins.
Kia kaha indeed. In these dark COVID-blighted days, it seems as apposite a phrase as it was back in the dark moments of 2010 and 2011.
It is now reasonable to expect that better days lie ahead, not on some distant and perhaps mirage-like horizon but in the relative near term.
Get well Gautom (and Vinaya), we need you roaring again and your seemingly inexhaustible supply of bad tiger puns flowing again like the Wild Tiger Rum on a good night out.