AMERICAS. Essence Corp, the Miami-based family-owned master distributor of fragrances & cosmetics, has signed up as an exhibitor partner of the Summit of the Americas – A Virtual Experience (5-9 April), and highlighted the vital role of the event in bringing the industry together in 2021.

As reported, the all-digital event is being organised by trade associations International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) and Asociación Sudamericana de Tiendas Libres (ASUTIL) in partnership with The Moodie Davitt Report (which organised the successful Virtual Travel Retail Expo from 12-16 October). Click here to register.

Exhibitor bookings are building steadily, alongside commitments from travel retailers across the Americas to bring their full buying and management teams.

Essence Corp Vice President Sales Antoine Bona said: “As a historical exhibitor Essence Corp has always benefited from the connections made between the manufacturer, distributor and retailers. The sessions hosted by IAADFS and ASUTIL have provided transparency and data which we can apply to our business and revert to the brands.”

Antoine Bona and Vice President Sales Caribbean Guillaume Bona will also be among the speakers in a strong Knowledge Hub programme at the Summit.

Other senior travel retail figures from the Americas region confirmed to speak include Paradies Lagardère President & CEO Gregg Paradies, Dufry General Manager Sub-Cluster South America Enrique Urioste, Neutral by Luryx Duty Free Shop CEO Marcelo Montico, Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Duty Free President Abe Taqtaq, Starboard Cruise Services President & CEO Lisa Bauer, Harding Retail Deputy Managing Director Mark Birnie, Heinemann Americas CEO Nadine Heubel, Stellar Partners CEO Padraig Drennan and International Shoppes Director Matthew GreenbaumMore speakers from airport companies, brand owners, technology service providers and other industry stakeholders will be named shortly.

The event has already attracted the commitment of many leading travel retailers to attend including: 3Sixty Duty Free, Aer Rianta International, Carisam/Samuel Meisel, Dufry, Duty Free Americas, Harding Retail, Heinemann Americas, International Shoppes, Island Companies, Lagardère Travel Retail, Motta Internacional, Neutral by Luryx Duty Free Shop, Paradies Lagardère, Provimex, Sineriz Free Shop, Starboard Cruise Services, Stellar Partners, Top Brands International, Windsor Tunnel Duty Free Shop and Zeinal Hermanos, with more to be announced soon.

For exhibitors there are several tiers of virtual packages from which to choose, offering multiple options to display products, deliver brand and product presentations, offer virtual tours of their facilities and showrooms, and connect with buyers.

These spaces will be curated by Virtual Stand & Experience Partner, FILTR. Event sponsorship options are also available through our team.

The Summit is open to airports and all other landlords from travel-related sectors; retailers, food & beverage operators and other commercial service providers; brands, agents & distributors; media and other relevant parties.

Click here for more details or to register.


To learn more about this opportunity, please download the 2021 Virtual Summit Information Briefing. For virtual stand reservations or media, please contact Irene Revilla at For general questions about participation in the Virtual Summit, please contact Steven Antolick for further assistance.