AMERICAS. Martín Eurnekian, Chief Executive Officer of Corporación América Airports, is the latest big name confirmed to speak in the Knowledge Hub at the Summit of the Americas – A Virtual Experience, which takes place on 5-9 April.

Eurnekian is also Chairman of Airports Council International (ACI World) and was previously President of ACI Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC).

As reported, the all-digital Summit 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

Corporación América currently operates 52 airports in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Ecuador, Armenia and Italy. With over 18 years of experience in managing diverse businesses in Latin America and Europe, Eurnekian has led the evaluation, acquisition and construction processes at many of the group airports. He is also Chairman of Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 and a member of the board of each of the airport operating companies controlled by the group.

More senior airport executives set to speak at the Summit of the Americas event will be named shortly.

Other speakers named in recent days include Hudson CEO Roger Fordyce, ARI-North America General Manager Jackie McDonagh, Motta Internacional Senior Vice President Aurelio Barria, Midway Partnership CEO (and Vantage Airport Group Chief Commercial Officer) Sammy Patel and PT&M Managing Director Eric Trichot (whose company is leading the tender process at Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport Company).

They join an already senior and diverse list of participants, with more from across the Americas industry community to be announced in coming days. As reportedWalmart Senior Vice President, Sustainability Jane Ewing will address the key theme of sustainability in retail and travel retail.

Other speakers already named 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, 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.

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, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, alongside sessions that analyse travel prospects for the region and on the economic outlook.

There will be sessions on the airport, cruise and border channels, and besides duty free, sectors including travel essentials, speciality retail and food & beverage will be discussed in detail.

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, Hudson, International Shoppes, Island Companies, Lagardère Travel Retail, Marshall Retail Group, Motta Internacional, Neutral by Luryx Duty Free Shop, Paradies Lagardère, Provimex, Shopping China, Sineriz Free Shop, Starboard Cruise Services, Stellar Partners, Top Brands International and Zeinal Hermanos, among others.

For exhibitors there are multiple 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.


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We will be producing a special digital edition that, uniquely, will be emailed to all exhibitors and registered visitors on the eve of the show.

All advertisers in that edition will receive a bonus advertisement in the Summit of the Americas Guide, a comprehensive aid to the event.

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