Education, networking to headline IAADFS show

Attendees noted important points during last year's education sessions.

Attendees noted important points during last year’s education sessions.

Now in its 49th year, the Duty Free Show of the Americas is the longest running event for the duty free and travel retail industry. The show offers an elegant, 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.

Education is an important aspect of our industry’s core strength, and this year we are pleased to have representatives from ASUTIL and FDFA in part of our education program. Following the success of last year’s new industry education sessions, IAADFS is proud to announce the speakers for 2017.

The Monday morning education program begins with a panel, Growth Opportunities in the Americas, discussing present and future growth opportunities for duty free and travel retail in the Americas. Moderated by Martin Moodie of The Moodie Davitt Report, the panel includes Gustavo Fagundes, ASUTIL president and COO of Dufry Brasil; Abe Taqtaq, FDFA president and vice president of Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Duty Free Shop, Inc.; and Erasmo Orillac, IAADFS chairman of the board and CEO of Motta Internacional, SA.

This panel session is followed by a presentation from Peter Mohn, owner and CEO of m1nd-set, and Christine Martin, managing director of Travel Retail Training. In Sales and Customer Insights – Maximizing Your Potential, Mohn and Martin will share their insights about techniques to increase sales volume and customer penetration, focusing on employee engagement in the duty free and travel retail channel. The presenters will also discuss how to attract and engage the millennial shopper and how to use social media more effectively.

Tuesday morning’s education session, Border Duty Free – Crossing the Frontier, features a discussion about the special challenges and tremendous opportunities for duty free border store operators. Simon Falic, COO of Duty Free Americas, Inc.; Abe Taqtaq, vice president of Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Duty Free Shop, Inc.; and Enrique Urioste, CEO of Neutral Duty Free will discuss border duty free stores from their unique geographic perspectives in this session, moderated by Peter Mohn, owner and CEO of m1nd-set.

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 as 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.

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.

Register now to take advantage of the business and educational opportunities offered only at the IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas.