AMERICAS. Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority, is the latest airport industry leader to join the speaker line-up for the Summit of the Americas – A Virtual Experience, which takes place on 5-9 April.

She joins other leading figures from the airports world including Dallas Fort Worth International Airport CEO Sean Donohue, Roel Huinink, President & CEO of JFKIAT (the company that manages John F. Kennedy International Airport T4) and Corporación América Airports CEO (and ACI World Chair) Martín Eurnekian.

As reported, the all-digital Summit of the Americas 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).

Tamara Vrooman joined Vancouver, Canada’s second busiest airport, as CEO last year. Before this, she was President & CEO of Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union with C$28 billion in assets, and Deputy Minister of Finance for the Province of British Columbia and Secretary to the Treasury Board and CEO of the Public Sector Employers’ Council.

Her expertise has been sought by organisations, leaders and governments at all levels—regional, provincial, national and international—on the economy, social change and environmental sustainability.

A powerful line-up of speakers in the Knowledge Hub will complement the high-quality engagement opportunities offered by the Exhibition Hub at the virtual event

Views on the shape and rhythm of recovery in the Americas market will be a central focus of the Knowledge Hub sessions. Themes to be explored include the reshaping of the airport experience, changing consumer demand, digitalisation, the business model, alongside sessions that analyse travel prospects for the region and on the economic outlook. The event will also host the DFNI Americas Awards, as well as a Sustainability Session led by TRBusiness.

The speaker line-up and agenda can be found here.

Visitor registration (free to all travel retailers and airport companies) is open at the official event website, which is now live.

Click on the video above for an explanation of how the virtual Summit of the Americas event works for exhibitors and visitors

As reported, for exhibitors there are multiple options to display products, deliver brand and product presentations, offer virtual tours of their facilities and showrooms, and connect with buyers. 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.