What we do
The Travel Retail Consortium exists to further the interests and development of the UK travel retail industry, through its members. It’s something we’ve been doing for over forty years.
Ours is a unique industry that relies on suppliers’ professionalism and effective trade relationships. With that in mind, activities encompass informative members’ meetings and the annual TRC customer event.
- Raise standards of business within the Travel Retail industry
- Promote members’ products and services
- Discuss industry issues and share knowledge
- Provide social and networking opportunities for key customers
Bi-monthly member business meetings
Held at member or customer locations, these regular meetings enable non-political discussions on trade issues. Our ethos is that confidential matters such as margins and terms are not discussed. Topics include industry issues, new operators, new services, business opportunities, maximising the opportunity of Brexit, and training and performance management. Invited industry speakers shed light on current hot topics for our market.
Annual customer business & social event
Each year members of the Travel Retail Consortium hosts a business and social event for key buyers and retailers. Guests enjoy first-class corporate hospitality at an event designed to be sociable, fun and relaxing.
Events over the years have included High Tea at Lords, Sailing the Solent, Race Day at Newbury, Wine Tasting in Jersey, Jazz Night at Caversham, Country Pursuits and a Murder Mystery at Tylney Hall. While, sadly, events had to be curtailed from 2020-22, due to the Covid pandemic, we are delighted to say 2023 saw us return with a fabulous ‘TRC At Sea’ event at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel, combining an afternoon exhibition showcase and evening three-course dinner with plentiful Champagne and Wines provided by members Taittinger and Accolade.
The TRC is also active in raising funds for charity which, in 2023, is the Family Holiday Charity.