INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to the Virtual Travel Retail Expo Guide, a detailed resource that aims to help you navigate this week’s pioneering virtual digital show and symposium, which we are proud to host with Virtual Experience Partner FILTR.QINGWA and with co-organiser Hainan Provincial Bureau of International Economic Development (Hainan IEDB).
When we created the Virtual Expo in 2020 our aim was to bring the travel retail industry together during a year when collaboration and partnership were most needed, as the COVID-19 crisis raged. One year on, with travel stifled or only slowly recovering in many markets, there remains strong demand for a virtual, global gathering of the industry.
Our roll call of partners (exhibitors and sponsors), profiled in these pages and accompanied by stunning images of their spaces, underlines the level of that demand. So too does the high-level, international audience that has been attracted to this year’s event – over 4,200 and counting – representing all regions and channels, bringing together a unique, borderless virtual community from all over the world.
In these pages, we bring you details of the Exhibition Pavilion, Knowledge Hub (Symposium and Workshops) and Experience Arena (Showcase platform), as well as Hainan Discovery, Cruise Jetty, Retailer Emporium and Awards Stage areas. Each has been carefully curated via a bespoke platform, through a joint investment by The Moodie Davitt Report and FILTR.QINGWA.
As last year, CSR represents an important feature of the Virtual Expo. We will fund a life-changing cleft surgery through Smile Train for every paid stand, and will plant a tree for every registered visitor through the One Tree Planted reforestation charity. Our Sustainability Partner Ocean Bottle meanwhile is pledging to rid the ocean of the equivalent of 500,000 plastic bottles as a direct result of the Expo presence.
Since we announced Virtual Expo II in March, this year, we have pledged to deliver an inspirational, memorable and productive virtual meeting and marketplace for our partners and visitors, one that helps to generate business and provides guidance for our sector as it plots a course for the future. We warmly welcome all our guests and trust you will find the experience valuable and rewarding.