Daily News 2017

March 29

  • Gala serves up an evening of celebration and remembranceShow attendees mingled in style at last evening’s Gala event, a perennial favorite for Duty Free show attendees. The evening offered a chance to celebrate the industry in an elegant setting, with a hint of solemnity as IAADFS honored former President Alberto “Pancho” Motta Jr., who passed away just after the IAADFS show last year. Read More
  • Growth opportunity across bordersIn yesterday morning’s education session, “Border Duty Free — Crossing the Frontier,” leaders in the border duty free industry shared their insights into the unique challenges and opportunities presented in border duty free stores.Read More
  • DFS continues winning streak at DFNI Americas AwardsLeading suppliers and operators gathered yesterday for the announcement of the 2017 DFNI Americas Awards for Travel Retail Excellence during the IAADFS show.Read More
  • Can we bet on Brazil in 2017?Fortunately for many travel retail companies in the Americas, there seemed to be a noticeable uptick in trade in the final quarter of last year, as trading conditions appeared to stabilize.Read More
  • ASUTIL heads “back to the future”ASUTIL plans to head back to where it all began for its annual conference this year. The June meeting will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the site of its very first event 21 years ago, and the first time the group will meet in the country since the terror attacks in the U.S. on September 11, 2001. Read More
  • Hot product newsPerfetti Van Melle has added a new selection of delicious sweets, mints, and gums to its highly regarded portfolio of sugar confectionery, which it will be showing at the IAADFS Duty Free Shows of the Americas. Read More

March 28

  • A time for opportunity in the duty free and travel retail marketIt was standing room only as yesterday morning’s education sessions kicked off. People were eager to hear from experts in the industry, who shared their insights into the state of the global climate and its effects on the duty free and travel retail industry, as well as ideas for maximizing sales potential.Read More
  • The IAADFS Show — Nearly 50 years of industry supportThe IAADFS is proud this year to be celebrating the 49th anniversary of the Duty Free Show of the Americas, the longest-running event for the duty free and travel retail industry. The combination of a robust exhibit hall and the numerous opportunities for networking and relationship building creates a strong business environment for all attendees.Read More
  • A chance to thrive in today’s uncertain timesAs TMI prepares to celebrate our milestone 20th anniversary in business, my overwhelming impression for the coming year is one of — uncertainty. Read More
  • Hot product newsMondelez World Travel Retail (WTR) has updated Toblerone’s iconic offering with a strategic focus on gifting and personalization. The famous triangular 360g Swiss Milk chocolate bar now is available in a variety of customized packaging options.Read More

March 27

  • Working (and playing) hard to prep for successDuring a busy day prepping booth space for a week full of networking, exhibitors also worked in a little relaxation and playtime yesterday. Annual Sports Day activities continued the tradition of offering attendees the chance to network — and earn bragging rights — while enjoying the scenery of sunny Orlando during the 5K Fun Run/Walk, golf tournament, and a new yoga session. Read More
  • Welcome to the 2017 Duty Free Show of the AmericasDear colleagues: On behalf of IAADFS and the association’s Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome you to the 2017 Duty Free Show of the Americas. Read More
  • Bienvenido a la Exposición Duty Free de las Américas 2017Estimados colegas: En nombre de IAADFS y de la junta directiva de la asociación, es un placer darles la bienvenida al Duty Free Show of the Americas 2017.Read More
  • Women in Travel Retail: Making a difference across the worldAs part of its program, the IAADFS chapter of Women in Travel Retail (WiTR) hosts an annual meeting at the Duty Free show each year. This year’s event, co-sponsored by Travel Markets Insider and World Equity Brand Builders (WEBB), moved to Sunday evening. Read More
  • Sports Day with a twistAgainst a backdrop of swaying palm trees and Florida sunshine yesterday, golfers teed off and runners laced up, while a separate group stayed in and rolled out mats for a yoga session, new to the Sports Day lineup this year. Read More
  • The twists and turns of the travel retail industryI’ve been covering the travel retail sector for 30 years — a three-decade rollercoaster ride of reporting that has never lost its fascination for me.Read More
  • Hot product news“Global travelers are looking for unique gifting solutions, and our new World Traveler Collection has great appeal for families and friends,” said Steve Bentz, Director of World Travel Retail at The Hershey Company. Read More