Duty Free Show of the Americas opens today with Sports Day activities

More than 195 exhibitors will feature their latest products on the sold-out 2015 IAADFS Trademarket floor.

More than 195 exhibitors will feature their latest products on the sold-out 2015 IAADFS Trademarket floor.

The 2015 IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas kicks off today with a new event that is generating a lot of excitement — the inaugural 3K Fun Run/Walk. This event, sponsored by Essence Corp. and benefitting Escuela de la Calle (EDELAC), has drawn interest from a number of attendees. In addition to this event, the annual IAADFS Sports Day continues its tradition of friendly competition and networking opportunities with a golf tournament sponsored by American Caribbean Gateway/Macanudo Cigars as well as a tennis tournament before the IAADFS Trademarket opens for three days of business on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Sports Day is the perfect way to enjoy each other’s company in sunny Orlando. The activities give attendees an opportunity to renew friendships and establish new relationships — and get a good workout in the process.

Also today, registration will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and nearly 200 exhibitors will be setting up their Trademarket booths. Attendees will have a wealth of suppliers to visit as they stroll through exhibit space showcasing thousands of brands geared toward the duty free market. The IAADFS Trademarket gives attendees and exhibitors an exclusive networking experience within the duty free industry.

Attendees of the 2014 IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas kicked off the show during Sunday's Opening Reception.

Attendees of the 2014 IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas kicked off the show during Sunday’s Opening Reception.

Today will end with the Opening Reception, which is open to all attendees from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Orlando World Center Marriott pool area. Sponsored by Bacardi, the reception is always a popular mix of business and pleasure as attendees meet in a relaxed atmosphere before filling the next few days with business appointments.

Registration is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Trademarket will be open in the Cypress, Palms, and Crystal ballrooms from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Many private receptions take place each night, but a highlight of the show is the Gala Evening, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday. Also, Club Americas, a ticketed event, will be open from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Monday and Tuesday nights.