First TR Sustainability Forum to take place at 2020 Summit of the Americas

By Charlotte Turner |

TRSF-first-forum-meeting-Orlando-460x306TRBusiness and Duty Free Innovation, co-founders of the Travel Retail Sustainability Forum (TRSF), are delighted to announce that the Forum’s first official meeting will take place during the 2020 Summit of the Americas, jointly organised by IAADFS and ASUTIL.


Next year’s Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, Florida from 30 March – 2 April.


The inaugural Travel Retail Sustainability Forum event, to be organised by TRBusiness and Duty Free Innovation with the support of host associations ASUTIL and IAADFS, will take place on Monday afternoon, 30 March from 16.30 – 18.00 at the Summit hotel venue, before the Summit’s Opening Cocktail.


Read the Travel Retail Sustainability Forum Manifesto here.


All industry delegates attending the Summit of the Americas show are invited to attend the Forum. Entry will be complimentary to all Summit badge holders, but places are limited so early registration is encouraged once it opens in mid-November.



During the session a panel of industry thought-leaders will explore some of the sustainable initiatives undertaken by duty free & travel retail stakeholders and discuss the opportunities and challenges of ‘going green’. Details of the agenda will be announced in the near future on



The first Travel Retail Sustainability Forum is warmly welcomed and greatly anticipated by companies across the industry. As recently reported by TRBusiness, more than 300 industry representatives have pledged support for the initiative so far, signing up to the Forum’s social media groups on LinkedIn and Facebook and committing to the Travel Retail Plastic Pledge.


Nigel Hardy, TRBusiness Owner and Joint Managing Director commented: “We’re deeply grateful to IAADFS and ASUTIL for their support and kind offer to host the inaugural TRSF meeting in Orlando next year.



“We’re delighted by the unanimous positive response the Forum and Travel Retail Plastic Pledge initiatives have received from all corners of the industry: airports, retailers, brands, cruise retailers, trade associations, design companies, even our competitors.



“The Travel Retail Sustainability Forum has been warmly received and recognised as the first and only industry-wide initiative to reduce its single-use plastic footprint and help all stakeholders find more sustainable alternatives.”


Michael Payne, President and CEO at IAADFS welcomed the initiative: “Sustainability initiatives including the need to address single use plastics is a global challenge.


“As a leading global industry, duty free and travel retail should be playing a key role in helping to address solutions and we welcome the chance to help further the work of the Travel Retail Sustainability Forum.”


Jose-Luis Donagray, Secretary General of ASUTIL added: “This is an important global initiative; we welcome the opportunity to have the Summit serve as host for the inaugural meeting and look forward to contributing to this valuable impactful initiative.”


For more information on the Forum, membership and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nigel Hardy ([email protected]), Ben Webb ([email protected]) or Michael Barrett ([email protected]).


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