WORLD RETAIL STUDY TOUR 2014
14th– 30th May 2014
Retail is constantly on the move. That’s why the Westfield World Retail Study Tour moves with it. In May 2014, we’ll visit San Francisco, Seattle, Stockholm, London and Barcelona over two immersive weeks. You’ll hear from over 50 speakers, visit hundreds of stores,share countless stories and observations with fellow retail passionates, and build a network to last a lifetime. That’s why we call it a mini MBA in retail.
First stop on the Tour, San Francisco is not only the home of the Golden Gate Bridge, but also right at the intersection of retail and technology today. Downtown, you’ll walk Union Square and surrounds and see both flagship stores and malls, including Williams-Sonoma’s multi-story store, and Westfield San Francisco Centre. Half an hour out of town, you’re in the heart of Silicon Valley, with many leading tech companies from Apple to Cisco Systems. On the Study Tour, you’ll get a taste of the best of retail today, and where it’s headed.
Seattle is a surprise packet to many retail observers, because so many of the world’s leading retailers call the Pacific Northwest city their home. Here you’ll find Amazon, Starbucks, Costcoand Nordstrom to name a few. Plus you’ll take in the Pike Place Markets, which has featured in many a movie, and is the place where flying fish redefine the meaning of retail theatre! Seattle is also a tech haven – they call it theSilicon Forest – and you’ll tour Microsoft’s HQ as well as high tech concept store Hointer.
Super cool, super efficient and super inspiring; that’s Stockholm. This is the home of H&M and IKEA and you’ll visit both their stores and their head offices, and hear their stories. Butyou’ll also come across some of the most inspiring apparel retail on the planet, including Odd Molly and ACNE Jeans (inside the bank where the Stockholm Syndrome took place – check out the vault which is now a change room).
In London you’ll see some of the most imaginative retail concepts anywhere – from Dover Street market to Harvey Nichols. Regent Street and Oxford, has an array of incredible retail, including Burberry’s new flagship; the store of the future. Oxford Street is now bookended by two of the most high volume stores in the world, Primark. The new Tottenham Court Road store is even more impressive to their Oxford Street Store. Naturally you’ll get VIP guided tours of Westfield London and Westfield Stratford now in the top 10 shopping destinations in the UK. While in London,you’ll also enjoy guided tours to some of the best high street shopping in the world, including Old and New Bond Street, Borough Market and Covent Garden,where we stay at The Savoy Hotel.
Barcelona is a celebration of retail, and a celebration of life. Here you’ll find the world’s best examples of Zara, and all the Inditex brands – including Bershka, Oysho, Stradivarius and Uterque.This is also a Camper town – check out not only numerous innovative Camper shoe stores, but also Hotel Casa Camper. The Tour will also take you off the beaten path into the backstreets of Barcelona, then along the famous Las Ramblas (inspiration for Santana Row, which you’ll visit in San Francisco), and into La Boqueria, the centuries old food market.
How much is the investment?
Economy twin share $14,996
Single Room supplement $3275
Business Class supplement $8225