Re-elected IAADFS President Motta looks forward


Alberto “Pancho” Motta, Jr. (right) was re-elected as IAADFS president during the IAADFS Show.

IAADFS President Alberto “Pancho” Motta, Jr. was re-elected by the association’s Board of Directors at a meeting that took place during the 2015 IAADFS Show.

Motta, director of Motta Internacional, SA, said he’s thrilled to have been re-elected.

“It is an honor to serve as president of the IAADFS as it is a position that my fellow board members elected me to,” he said.

As IAADFS president, Motta couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of the 2015 IAADFS Show.

“This year’s show was very good,” he said. “We had strong attendance and we also had a good number of new exhibitors. Also, every year the Trademarket booths are more attractive.”

Looking forward to his next three years as president, Motta said there’s a lot left for the IAADFS to accomplish.

“I feel that we must continue to work hand-in-hand with the supplier members and the concessionaire members for the improvement of our industry,” he said. “Opportunities are always around and one must be prepared to take them. The greatest challenge we are facing is with consolidation, both on the supplier side and on the concessionaire side.”

Motta said IAADFS has come a long way since its start in the 1960s, when it was formed to foster better communication among concession holders at different airports and to allow members to share best practices.

“One must remember that there were no cell phones back in those days and most of the communication was done by writing letters,” he said.

Motta Internacional has experienced a similar success throughout the years.

“It is our trading business, and other than duty free stores, Motta Internacional also has duty-paid stores in some Latin American countries, and we are also distributors for many brands in Latin America,” he said. “However, the family has branched out in other industries, such as banking, insurance, airlines, and real estate, to mention a few.”

As challenges arise for those in the duty free industry, IAADFS will be there to help its membership overcome them.

“The biggest challenge, I would say, is being able to adjust to new regulations and having the right products at the right price for the travelers,” Motta said.

These obstacles and any others posed to the industry are why IAADFS exists.

“After all these years,” Motta said, “the IAADFS continues to represent all of its members and it continues working for the good of the industry.”