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DFNI Asia Awards celebrate regional travel retail excellence

DFNI is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Asia Pacific Awards for Travel Retail Excellence.

Finalists from travel retail companies leading in their fields across Asia Pacific gathered for a cocktail event yesterday evening during the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference.

DFNI Editor Kapila Ireland (far left) with award sponsor Champagne Lanson/Octopus Group COO Daniel Schwalb; King Power Thailand Senior Executive Vice President Susan Whelan; King Power Thailand Executive Vice-President Group Merchandising Pichai Pitakchaisul; and DFNI Associate Publisher Amanda Felix

King Power International Group won the coveted Asia/Pacific Travel Retailer of the Year prize which was sponsored by Champagne Lanson – and was also awarded the Travel Retailer Operating in a Single Country – Asia/Pacific and Best New Shop Opening Award for its King Power Rangnam store in Bangkok.

Airport Retailer of the Year tropy: The Shilla Duty Free COO Jinhyuk Kim

The Shilla Duty Free claimed the Airport Retailer of the Year prize, while DFASS Singapore scooped the Inflight Retailer of the Year award.

Double winner: Changi Airport Group Group Senior Vice President Teo Chew Hoon and DFS Group Managing Director Singapore and Indonesia Wilcy Wong

Changi Airport Group snapped up awards in two categories – as the Airport Authority with the Most Supportive Approach to Travel Retail and Best Marketing Activation for its ­­Around the Whiskey World at Changi Airport campaign.

The full list of winners across 13 categories can be found below. Click here for the gallery from the event.

Airport Retailer of the Year ­Winner

The Shilla Duty Free

Nominees:

Delhi Duty Free

Flemingo Duty Free Sri Lanka

Mumbai Duty Free, Flemingo Travel Retail

King Power International Group

Inflight Retailer of the Year Winner

DFASS Singapore

Inflight Retailer of the Year winner DSASS Singapore’s Executive Vice President Lee Hwee Ming

Cruise/Ferry Retailer of the Year Winner

Starboard Cruise Services

Cruise winner: Starboard Cruise Services Planning Manager Anita Tam with the trophy

Nominees:

Harding Retail – Highly Commended

MSC Splendida, MSC Cruises

Best Asian Travel-Retailer Innovator Winner

Mumbai Duty Free, Flemingo Travel Retail

Best Asian Travel-Retailer Innovator winner Mumbai Duty Free’s  CEO Manishi Sanwal collects the award

Nominees:

Delhi Duty Free

Airport Authority with Most Supportive Approach to Travel Retail Winner

Changi Airport Group

Changi Airport Group Group Senior Vice President Teo Chew Hoon holds the award for Airport Authority with the Most Supportive Approach to Travel Retail

Travel Retailer Operating in a Single Country – Asia/Pacific Winner

King Power International Group

Travel Retailer Operating in a Single Country – Asia/Pacific: King Power International Group Senior Executive Vice President Susan Whelan

Nominees:

Delhi Duty Free

Middle East Retailer of the Year Winner

Dubai Duty Free

Dubai Duty Free Senior Vice President of Purchasing Saba Tahir and Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, Colm McLoughlin with the Middle East Retailer of the Year award

Highly commended:

Qatar Duty Free

Best Marketing Activation Winner

Around the Whiskey World at Changi Airport, Changi Airport Group

Highly commended:

Hendrick’s World Cucumber Day, William Grant & Sons

Nominees:

Bombay Sapphire Bubble-licious Marketing Campaign at Auckland airport, Bacardi Global Travel Retail

DFS + First Class Beauty, DFS Group

Mumbai Duty Free is now Free, Flemingo Travel Retail

King Power & Lancôme Chinese New Year campaign, King Power International Group

Pop-up store in Haitang Bay, Lacoste

Tiffany & Co travel-retail launch, Coty

Best New Asia/Pacific Product Winner, sponsored by Qatar Duty Free

The Macallan Quest Collection, Edrington Global Travel Retail

The Best New Product Packaging award went to Edrington Global Travel Retail for the Macallan Quest Collection: Regional Brand Director Asia Pacific & Travel Retail Coral Gill; Managing Director Igor Boyadjian and Asia Travel Retail Commercial Director Marcelo Colombo with award sponsor Qatar Duty Free Head Tab Musleh

Nominees:

Evolution S3, Cabeau

UFO Smart Mask, Foreo

Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum, Coty

Love X Infinity Message Jewellery Gift Collection, Infinity & Co and DFASS Singapore

Toblerone Happy Holidays, Mondelez World Travel Retail

YesTravel Travel Retail Pack, MosquitNo

Mentos Mini Passport Kit, Perfetti Van Melle Global Travel Retail

Best New Product Packaging Winner, sponsored by Qatar Duty Free

The Macallan Quest Collection, Edrington Global Travel Retail

The Macallan Quest Collection wins again: Award sponsor Qatar Duty Free Head Tab Musleh, Edrington Regional Brand Director Asia Pacific & Travel Retail Coral Gill; Marketing Manager Edna Seah and Managing Director Igor Boyadjian

Nominees:

The Sparkle Collection Jewellery Baubles, Buckley London

Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Packaging, Delhi Duty Free

Love X Infinity Message Jewellery Gift Collection, Infinity & Co and DFASS Singapore

Best New Shop Opening Winner

King Power Rangnam, King Power International Group

Nominees:

Duty Zero by CDF, CDF-Lagardère Company

Changi T4, DFS Group

Flemingo Duty Free

Changi T4, Lacoste

First Dior Watches and Jewllery Boutique at Sea, Starboard Cruise Services

Incheon T2, The Shilla Duty Free

Best Supplier Winner, Sponsored by Korean Air

William Grant & Sons

Supplier of the Year goes to William Grant & Sons: Regional Director Asia Pacific Matthew Williams (second from left) and award sponsor Korean Air Regional Manager Yang Jae Pil (second from right).

Nominees:

Buckley London

Edrington Asia Travel Retail

ReboundTAG

Asia/Pacific Travel Retailer of the Year Winner, Sponsored by Champagne Lanson

King Power International Group

Nominees:

Delhi Duty Free

DFS Group

Starboard Cruise Services

The Shilla Duty Free

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