ASUTIL Conference 2024: Agenda, speakers & networking announced

By Faye Bartle |


Left: ASUTIL Secretary Carlos Loaiza. Right: Bogotá skyline. Photo: OSTILL is Franck Camhi/Shutterstock.

The Asociación Sudamericana de Tiendas Libres (ASUTIL) has revealed a compelling lineup of speakers for its upcoming conference in Bogotá, Colombia, which is taking place from 18-21 June. 

The ‘action-packed’ event, managed by TFWA, boasts a refreshed event programme of learning, networking and social elements.

The conference will open on Wednesday 19 June with addresses from ASUTIL President Enrique Urioste, ASUTIL Secretary Carlos Loaiza and Duty Free World Council President Sarah Branquinho.

Further sessions taking place throughout the day will delve into the role of effective leadership in the orchestration of business success, the commercial evolution of digital strategy and consumer loyalty, and the future of the beauty sector in travel retail.

The second day of the conference will feature an exploration into the ever-changing economic outlook of Latin America, new developments in the region’s duty free and travel retail industry, and the importance of honing strong leadership skills to achieve long-term success.

“Built upon the successful collaboration between ASUTIL and TFWA, this year’s conference offers a meticulously curated programme and numerous networking opportunities,” said Carlos Loaiza-Keel, ASUTIL General Secretary.

“Bogotá provides the perfect backdrop for an immersive experience, with the conference venue chosen specifically to enhance the renowned ASUTIL networking atmosphere.

“We’re thrilled to see a remarkable 15% increase in registrations compared to last year, with major industry players like Avolta, Attenza, DFA, and Lagardère onboard.

“Renowned speakers will headline sessions covering diverse topics from economics to industry insights. Attendees can anticipate engaging panels and unique networking opportunities.

“The ASUTIL Conference continues to shine brightly on the duty-free and travel retail calendar.”


More speakers taking to the stage include: Iñigo Pirfano, renowned author, composer and orchestra conductor; Dr. Peter Mohn, m1nd-set founder and CEO; Carlos Melconian, world-renowned economist; Dr. Roberto Canessa, celebrated author, cardiologist and survivor of the Andes plane crash of 1972; Vijay Talwar, Avolta Chief Commercial and Digital Officer
Valeria Yglesias, Chief Commercial Officer at LifeMiles; Daniel Ketchedjian, magician, lecturer, and communicator; Tamara Spada, Nestlé Global Key Account Manager; Ignacio Lasa, VP Comercial Retail – Motta Internacional; Pablo Cobian, General Manager – Shiseido Travel Retail Americas; Diego Artola, Vice President – Coty Travel Retail; Gian Botteri, Senior Vice President and Head of Cruise Division – Avolta; Leon Falic, President – Duty Free Americas; and Cyril Letocart, CEO – Lagardère Travel Retail Peru.

Delegates will also benefit from a lively social programme, including the Welcome Session and Cocktail on the Tuesday, a Gala Dinner on Wednesday, and the Closing Cocktail on Thursday.

This is in addition to networking coffee breaks, lunch breaks serving up local cuisine and culture, and an excursion to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá on the Friday.

“The ASUTIL Conference remains a highlight of the duty free and travel retail calendar,” said Erik Juul-Mortensen, TFWA President.

“The South American duty free and travel retail market is vibrant, growing and filled with promising opportunities.

“This year’s programme ensures visitors will have plenty of opportunity to learn, conduct business and network in Bogotá.

“The distinguished panel of speakers will delve into the economic factors influencing the business environment in the region, and there will be plenty in the way of entertainment courtesy of a lively social programme.

“We look forward to seeing friends and colleagues from across the industry in Bogotá.”

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