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The Tax Free World Association, the trade body for Global Travel Retail, has elected Alain Maingreaud as its next president, replacing long-term incumbent and TFWA co-founder Erik Juul-Mortensen.

Maingreaud is an associate director and former MD of TFWA

Maingreaud is an associate director and former MD of TFWA

Maingreaud, who is an associate director at TFWA and a former MD of the group, saw off challenges from three other candidates to land the post. The election gives him a one-year term.

Maingreaud thanked Juul-Mortensen for leading TFWA for the past 19 years, adding that the Dane was a "hard act to follow".

"Erik helped create TFWA and has worked tirelessly to nurture and promote the association and indeed the wider industry - something which I embrace and would like to continue in the same spirit," Maingreaud said.

Juul-Mortensen, a former president of Maxxium GTR, helped launch TFWA in 1984 with its first exhibition in Nice. The association now holds a number of conferences and shows for the GTR industry around the world, including its flagship event in Cannes every October.

In the past two years, the GTR alcohol market has rebounded from a dip in 2915. Wines & spirits sales were up 9% in 2017 compared to the year before.

The other candidates in the election were Furla's recently-retired GTR director, Gerry Munday, former VP of The Holland Duty Free Group Thom Rankin and GTR consultant and former Allied Domecq executive Andrew Ford.

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