TFWA Asia Pacific 2021 to take place in Hainan

The Tax Free World Association (TFWA) will hold next year’s Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference in Hainan, China, for the first time. Last month, the TFWA confirmed that the next Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference will be held from 9 to 13 May 2021, combining in-person and virtual events and networking opportunities for delegates. The show, which is usually held in Singapore, will take place in Sanya, Hainan, in 2021. The TFWA management committee made…

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Spirits volumes to hit 2.8bn cases by 2023

Total global spirits volumes are expected to reach 2.8 billion nine-litre cases by 2023, according to the latest forecasts from Vinexpo and IWSR Drinks Market Analysis. Premium and super-premium spirits will be a “major factor” in the sector’s growth. While overall spirits volumes will continue to be led by local products, imported and global brands will steal market share from locally made spirits, growing 9% by 2023. Local whiskies from India, Burma, Angola, Kenya and…

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Asia Pacific bars to visit in 2020

The Asia Pacific region plays host to many exciting bars, from Hong Kong and mainland China right down to Australia. There has never been a better time to bar hop around the Asia Pacific region. As 2020 approaches, confidence in the on‐trade is palpable with new and daring concepts popping up all over the place. And in stark contrast to the political antagonism emanating from opposite sides of the Pacific, Asia’s most impressive new bars…

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Diageo hires head of communications for Asia Pacific

Drinks giant Diageo has appointed Azmar Sukandar as its new head of communications and society for the Asia Pacific region. In her new role, Sukandar will offer strategic counsel and support to Diageo’s Asia Pacific unit. She will work closely with Sam Fischer, president of Asia Pacific and Greater China, and Paul Kelleher, corporate relations director for Asia Pacific. “Diageo has a clear ambition to be one of the best performing, most trusted and respected…

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Asia Pacific bars to visit in 2019

There are many exciting bars opening or cementing their reputation in the region. Sam Bygrave highlights the ones not to miss next year. There’s a lot of talk about the global economy being in trouble: there’s Brexit affecting the old order in the UK and Europe, and an inward­-looking turn accelerating in the US, meaning the prospects of a full­-blown trade war with China are increasing every day. It’s almost cause for despair. But not…

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