AMERICAS. Leading airport, cruise and border travel retailers from North and South America spearhead a powerful line-up of speakers for the Summit of the Americas – A Virtual Experience, which takes place on 5-9 April.

As reported, the all-digital event is being organised by the 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). Visitor registration (free to all travel retailers and airport companies) is open at the official event website, which is now live.

Guests will be welcomed (virtually) to The Knowledge Hub on day one by IAADFS Chairman (and Dufry Central and Latin America Executive Advisor) René Riedi and ASUTIL President (and Dufry Chief Operating Officer South America) Gustavo Fagundes.

Other senior 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 Greenbaum. Duty Free Americas will also take part in the Knowledge Hub sessions (speaker to be named shortly).

In coming days we will announce details of many more speakers, including senior airport company representatives, brand owners, retail technology experts and leading voices from outside the industry whose expertise will offer insight and inspiration to the travel retail industry audience. Register here to take your place at the event.

Views on the shape and rhythm of recovery in the Americas market will be a central focus of the Knowledge Hub sessions. Other themes to be explored include the reshaping of the airport experience, changing consumer demand, digitalisation, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, alongside sessions that analyse travel prospects for the region and on the economic outlook.

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 three 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.


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.