How The Trinity Forum was reborn in Singapore

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

“Good afternoon everyone and a warm, warm welcome to The Trinity Forum. You know, this is the first time in three years I have been able to say those words about the event I founded way back in 2003 and I could not be happier to be saying them again… my goodness, it is good to be back”

And so, with those words on the stage in Singapore, The Trinity Forum was back for the first time since those halcyon days of late October 2019 in Doha, Qatar. Little did we realise amid the euphoria of that event that we would not meet again for so long.

With my long-term friend, colleague and (since 2015) business partner, master moderator Dermot Davitt

In the intervening years, every individual and company in our industry has had their lives and businesses turned upside down. The shutdown of The Trinity Forum – such an important gathering of our industry’s best minds for so long – was just of one many examples of events and businesses going into hibernation (for many, it meant collapse) during the crisis.

So to see (and run) ‘Trinity reborn’ – which quickly became the catchphrase of the 2022 edition – was immensely emotional and rewarding for me. I will be forever thankful to those who hosted, attended, sponsored and spoke, especially during a still troubled time when it might have easier to do none of those things.

There was no better example than China Duty Free Group President Charles Chen, who flew into Singapore despite having to do a ‘7+3’ quarantine on his return. Charles delivered a typically outstanding presentation and joined in a fantastic ‘Trinity’ panel discussion with Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths and Global SK-II CEO Sue Kyung Lee that was both humbling and a privilege to moderate.

In the run-up to Trinity 2022 a journalist on a fellow B2B title waxed lyrical about his own organisation’s (commendable) conference in a none too subtle (and none too smart) dissing of The Trinity Forum, noting that the former event featured none of the “lengthy and often indeterminate presentation-heavy sessions synonymous with other B2B conferences”.

Hmmm, whatever that means, those characteristics were none too synonymous with a Trinity Forum underpinned by a sense of warmth, community and reunion on the one hand, and of a determination to embrace and drive change on the other. It was indeed a joyous and perhaps seminal occasion. Trinity reborn.

The Trinity Forum 2022 included some virtual elements, including pre-filmed interviews with key industry leaders such as Dufry CEO Xavier Rossinyol (above) and Airport Authority Hong Kong General Manager Retail Portfolio Alby Tsang and Qatar Duty Free Vice President Thabet Musleh below

Collinson President Asia Pacific & Global Board Member Todd Handcock joined in proceedings via live video link from Hong Kong
One of this year’s standouts was a superb fusion of presentations and chat featuring (left to right) Nestlé International Travel Retail (NITR) General Manager Stewart Dryburgh; L’Oréal Travel Retail President Vincent Boinay and Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail Chairman and CEO Mohit Lal
IPP Travel Retail CEO Phillip Nguyen delivered an exhilirating keynote address on the great Vietnam opportunity


Can there be any more breathtaking Gala Dinner venue in the world than Jewel Changi Airport?
Changi Airport Group Executive Vice President Commercial Lim Peck Hoon was in buoyant mood as she welcomed guests to the Gala Dinner at Jewel Changi Airport
Time to offer heartfelt thanks to the Changi Airport Group team and to Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail for the outstanding wines & spirits on offfer

The brilliant Changi Airport Group team kept everything super organised on the night
A big moment for Charles Chen as receives the inaugural Trinity Award for outstanding career achievement in the travel retail industry
Seconds earlier as it dawns on Charles Chen that he is the recipient of the Trinity Award 

Toasting a memorable Trinity Forum: Gathering to celebrate the conclusion of the event and a wonderful Gala evening at Jewel Changi Airport were (from left) Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail Chairman & CEO Mohit Lal; ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira; Changi Airport Group CEO Lee Seow Hiang; The Moodie Davitt Report Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie; Changi Airport Group Executive Vice President Commercial Lim Peck Hoon; and The Moodie Davitt Report President Dermot Davitt.
(Left to right) The Shilla Duty Free President In-gyu Han; L’Oréal Travel Retail President Vincent Boinay; Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail Chairman & CEO Mohit Lal; and Changi Airport Group CEO Lee Seow Hiang

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