Smart Project attended a quarterly meeting of Airport Promotion Agencies Association
A traditional meeting of the APA members was held from 19 to 20 January. This year the event took place in Abu-Dhabi and was hosted by BLACKJACK PROMOTIONS agency.
The discussion in a round-table format allowed the participants to exchange freely opinions on topical issues of the travel-retail industry.
The meeting started from the companies’ financial overview of the past year. The members had also an opportunity to discuss the main trends and market opportunities of the industry. Despite the fact that Smart Project is at a developing stage, it shows a steady increase in financial indicators.
During the meeting the members of the conference shared experiences concerning the use of new applications of online services for reporting and recruiting.
Smart Project initiated the topic of possible ways the APA could join the Tax Free World Association.
Smart Project also proposed to extend the implementation of joint-venture projects on a global scale and expand geography of cooperation.
The meeting concluded with discussing the format and the details of the forthcoming annual exhibition of Duty Free goods TFWA-2018 in Cannes. The members also elaborated the concept of the next APA’s newsletter.
According to Smart Project’s director general Nadezhda Emelyanenko, the round table was held in a productive way, the members of the Association had an opportunity to discuss long-range and promising areas of cooperation in 2018. There was highlighted the need to refine and improve common communication platforms. “ We focused on the need of the Association to expand its presence in the East and elaborate new duty-free services”, – stated Nadezhda Emelyanenko.