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Colin Powell to open TFWA Cannes

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell will lead the keynote speeches at this year’s TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes from 26-31 October.

Colin Powell, former US Secretary of state, will lead the line-up of speakers at this year’s TFWA event in Cannes

Powell, a veteran of the US Army and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will speak on issues related to leadership in challenging roles during his address at the opening conference on Monday 27 October.

He will be joined on stage by Andrea Guerra, CEO of Italian group Luxottica on the ever-changing global business environment.

Thom Rankin, TFWA vice-president, said: “TFWA is delighted to welcome keynote speakers of such calibre to our stage in this our anniversary year. TFWA World Exhibition & Conference is a highly-valued annual summit for the duty free & travel retail industry, a business which generates revenues of some US$60 billion each year and which contributes significantly to travel, tourism, transport infrastructure and employment worldwide.”

As usual, Erik Juul-Mortensen, president of the TFWA, will open the conference with his State of the Industry address, in which he will summarise three decades of duty free and travel retail.

More than 6,300 trade delegates are expected to attend the trade event in Cannes, with over two-thirds comprised of key buyers from travel retail outlets across the world.

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