May 15th, 2019

Grant Fleming appointed President of the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association


Singapore - The Members of the Board of the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) are pleased to announce the election of Grant Fleming, Head of Strategic Development, ASIA, Lagardère Travel Retail to the role of President with immediate effect.

The election took place following the Annual General Meeting of the Association at TFWA Asia Pacific in Singapore on Wednesday 15 May at which the new 12-strong Board was chosen.


Grant Fleming, who has served on the Board since 2017, latterly as APTRA Treasurer, succeeds Andrew Ford of Chabot Armagnac.

Grant Fleming commented: “It is a great honour to be elected President of APTRA and, in taking up this important role, I commit to continuing the excellent work that has been done by my predecessors to sustain and develop the duty-free & travel retail industry in the Asia Pacific region. I wish to convey the thanks and appreciation of the Board and our 116 corporate members to Andrew, who has led the Association with energy and dedication over the last two years in addition to several years as an active Board Member. APTRA has achieved some significant successes in the field of advocacy and research and I am determined to continue the forward momentum.”

Andrew Ford added: “The work of APTRA and its sister associations is fundamental to the welfare and security of our industry. Challenges appear without warning on the horizon and we have to be ready as an industry to address them. APTRA has put in place an archive of solid research to underpin our work, including the forthcoming Economic Impact Report Asia Pacific which provides essential data about the vital role our industry plays in local and national economies. In passing the baton to Grant and the new Board, I am confident that the Association is in good hands and the progress we have made to date will be used to build the foundations for a strong and successful future.”


APTRA is the trade association for the duty free and travel retail industry in the Asia Pacific region, serving all members and the industry to help grow the business and protect it when challenges arise.

  • Through technology-led initiatives, seminars and conferences, APTRA serves to facilitate contact between members;
  • Through bespoke training initiatives, APTRA is building the industry’s brand as a highly professional, caring and responsible retail channel;
  • Through intensive consumer and market research, APTRA provides a solid knowledge bank, bringing valuable, actionable data relevant to all sectors;
  • Through regular communication, APTRA seeks to spread awareness and knowledge about the industry and the importance of travel retail for governments, airports, airlines and related businesses
  • Through regional monitoring, and in collaboration with member companies and trade associations in other parts of the world, APTRA is constantly on the alert for new challenges where its advocacy on behalf of the industry is needed with national governments and policy-makers in order to safeguard and grow the business of all concerned. 

The geographical area covered by APTRA includes countries in Eastern Asia, South Eastern Asia, South Central Asia and Oceania.