Americas travel retail landscape the focus of discussion on Summit day 1

By Luke Barras-hill |

The 2024 Summit of the Americas will take place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on 14-17 April. Credit: PBconventioncenter.com

The International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) has shared further details on the education programme at next month’s Summit of the Americas.

The Summit of the Americas returns to the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on 14-17 April.

The opening plenary session on Monday 15 April (08:30 – 10:00), open to all registered delegates, will gather a number of well-known supplier and retailer authorities for a panel discussion centred on the changes to the DF&TR market in the Americas.

Panellists include Greg Ford, General Manager TR Americas, Pernod Ricard; Felipe Grant, General Manager, Puig Travel Retail Americas; Markus Suter, Sales & Market Manager GTR – The Americas, Lindt; Nuno Amaral, Chief Operations and Business Development Officer, ARI. They will share their observations on the regional industry and expectations for growth.

All are current members of the IAADFS Board of Directors. One additional panelist has been invited and confirmation is pending. The session will be moderated by Avolta’s René Riedi, who also serves as the Chairman of IAADFS.

René Riedi, Division CEO - Latin America, Dufry

IAADFS Chairman René Riedi will moderate the opening plenary session.

“A conversational exchange”

Riedi will offer opening remarks and share information on IAADFS’ activities, changes and future objectives.

The opening plenary is complimentary to attend for all registered attendees with the association serving a light breakfast and coffee prior to the start of the session.

“We have organised an informative and valuable panel discussion designed to provide our attendees with information on the current opportunities and challenges facing the industry,” said IAADFS President and CEO Michael Payne.

“The intent is to structure this session as a conversational exchange with the panellists through a series of questions and answers; this dialogue approach will be engaging and the audience will find the content valuable.”

For an in-depth interview with Michael Payne, President and CEO, IAADFS, click here.

Watch out for Americas duty free commentary, leading operator interviews and regional analysis in the TRBusiness March/April e-zine. You can also collect your print edition from the press racks at the Summit of the Americas.

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