The IAADFS Show — supporting the industry for 48 years

floor_350In 2016, IAADFS celebrates the 48th anniversary of the Duty Free Show of the Americas, the longest running event for the duty free and travel retail industry. The show offers a beautiful and active exhibit hall featuring thousands of the latest products for the market, as well as valuable opportunities for attendees to meet, network, and strengthen the relationships that are so vital to the industry.

For this year’s show, we’re adding even more value in the form of an education session on Monday morning featuring Angela Gittens, director general of Airports Council International (ACI World), and Peter Mohn, owner and CEO of m1nd-set. Gittens will share her insights about the state of the travel industry and ramifications for the duty free and travel retail industry. Mohn will provide an overview of new research findings conducted just prior to the IAADFS show concerning traveler buying habits in North America and the Caribbean. His Monday morning presentation will be followed by a more in-depth workshop presentation of the new research data on Tuesday morning.

Attendees know that the IAADFS show provides a unique business to business environment for suppliers, buyers, and other industry stakeholders. However, the show serves another important role: It is the primary funding engine to support the advocacy and government relations programs IAADFS conducts on behalf of association members and the industry as a whole. Revenue from the show is reinvested into these advocacy efforts to protect and advance the interests of the industry. The association also has a long history of supporting disaster relief efforts as well as industry-led charitable campaigns.

Since the birth of our industry in the late 1940s, and especially in the last two decades, the duty free and travel retail industry has become much more interconnected. Challenges that first appear in one region can quickly affect other regions. Our industry must be prepared to react to such challenges and must also seek opportunities for proactive action. IAADFS stands ready to protect the interests of our industry, and the revenues from the show permit the association to monitor and respond quickly and effectively when necessary, coordinating with other industry partners as appropriate.

IAADFS extends its thanks to the many companies that support the association and the Duty Free Show of the Americas through their contributions as exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees.