TFWA reveals details for Singapore networking event

TFWA has revealed details about its in-person networking event, taking place May 9 to 11 in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Center.

As reported, earlier this month the association announced that the Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference would not take place in the form of an exhibition this year, as the Covid situation in Asia had made it difficult to secure enough exhibitors.

The new event, called TFWA Asia Pacific Live, will focus on networking with both formal and informal meeting opportunities.

For example, the TFWA One2One meeting service will provide a platform for formal meetings. On-site business meeting facilities will be available from 10:30am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 6pm on Tuesday, May 10 and from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 5pm on Wednesday, May 11.

Additionally, a dedicated area of the venue’s foyer on Level 5 of the Marina Bay Sands complex will be specifically designed to facilitate more informal discussions.   

The three-day event will also host six workshops. The opening session will run from 9am to 10:30am and include addresses from Juul-Mortensen and keynote speaker Dr. Ayesha Khanna, an expert on Big Data and the application of AI in retail and other sectors.

Other workshops include a session on Asia’s digital transformation, led by the authors of a recent report on the subject by Meta and Bain & Company, in addition to a session held with the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA). Taking place on May 10 from 4pm to 6pm, the APTRA Exchange session will focus on topics impacting the travel-retail industry in the Asia Pacific region.

Online registration for TFWA Asia Pacific Live will open soon via email at

TFWA notes that Singapore has opened new Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) over the past month and has relaxed restrictions on arrival tests for VTL travelers.

Juul-Mortensen said: “The TFWA Asia Pacific Live networking event will provide the industry with the opportunity for in-person networking that it has been calling out for over the past two years. We understand that there is a huge need to build and maintain relationships in-person and we want to make sure there are ample facilities in which essential business-building conversations can take place.”