Held at Universal Studios Hollywood, US on 3rd April 2019, Retail and Leisure International’s Fourteenth Global RLI Awards, in association with Chalhoub Group, once again provided a spectacular evening, recognising and celebrating the most visionary and innovative retail and leisure concepts from across the globe.

Where better to showcase the highest possible standards to key global industry leaders than the home of Retailtainment in Los Angeles? The night started with a fantastic Champagne Reception and Studio Tour, in association with JLL, after which guests were invited to be seated for the main event of the evening, which included entertainment in the form of classic hits from Broadway Musicals, courtesy of Entertainment Sponsor American Dream, an exquisite three‐course meal and, of course, the awards ceremony itself.

Following the awards ceremony, guests were invited to make their way to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for Desserts and Entertainment, closing the evening perfectly with complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks on offer until 1am, offering an ideal opportunity to all of this year’s winners to celebrate. In her opening speech, RLI Publisher Jayne Rafter said: “Tonight, we pay tribute to the very best of the best, the innovators and those that dare to push the boundaries; we reward those dynamic projects and concepts that excite the senses with stunning architecture, exemplary customer service, products that ‘wow’ and that aren’t afraid to take risks, refusing to settle for anything but the very best.”

And the winners are…

RLI Future Project 2019
Presented by Chalhoub Group

Winner: Tunis Garden City, Tunis, Tunisia
Highly Commended: Caselle Open Mall, Turin, Italy

RLI Most Anticipated Opening 2019
Presented by Village Roadshow Theme Parks

Winner: Jewel Changi Airport, Changi, Singapore
Highly Commended: American Dream, New Jersey, US

RLI Most Innovative Retail and Entertainment Project 2019
Sponsored by Necsum

Winner: Mercedes Platz, Berlin, Germany
Highly Commended: Love, Bleecker, New York, US

RLI International Retail and Leisure Destination 2019
Presented by Urban Adventure

Winner: Landmark Riverside Park – Phase II: Danzishi Old Street

RLI International Shopping Centre 2019
Sponsored by MK Illumination

Winner: Changsha IFS, Changsha, China
Highly Commended: Suzhou Hong Leong City Center, Suzhou, China

RLI Shopping Centre Renovation 2019
Presented by InoventiQ

Winner: Optimum Izmir Expansion, Izmir, Turkey
Highly Commended: T.O.P This Is Our Place, Kowloon, Hong Kong

RLI Unique Retail Concept US 2019
Presented by Grandscape

Winner: Sugarfina

RLI Unique Retail Concept International 2019
Presented by Cushman & Wakefield

Winner: FÖMO

RLI Emerging Market Retailer 2019
Presented by American Dream

Winner: Chalhoub Group

RLI Leisure & Hospitality Group 2019
Presented by Sands Retail

Winner: Nobu Hotels

RLI Most Innovative F&B Concept 2019
Presented by JLL

Winner: Pink Fish

RLI Developer 2019
Sponsored by Design International

Winner: Triple Five

RLI Designer 2019
Presented by MAPIC

Winner: 5+design

RLI Interior Excellence 2019
Sponsored by 5+design

Winner: Nike NYC, House of Innovation by Nike
Highly Commended: Harrods Wine & Spirits by umdasch The Store Makers

RLI Rising Star 2019
Presented by Department for International Trade

Winner: Pall Mall Barbers
Highly Commended: Room Mate Group

RLI Recognition for Innovation and Technology to Retail
Presented by Retail & Leisure International

Awarded to Necsum for Torrecardenas

Keep space free in your diaries for our annual Global RLI Awards and RLI Connect Global 2020 events as the location and dates will be announced soon. For more information about the Global RLI Awards and RLI Connect Global Deal‐Making events, please contact the RLI Events Team on +44 (0)1706 212200, email jayne.rafter@rli.uk.com or alternatively visit www.rli.uk.com