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ASUTIL and m1nd-set launch B1S recovery monitor to support return to growth

Latin American duty free association ASUTIL is among the first of the regional associations to partner with Swiss research agency m1nd-set to adopt m1nd-set’s recovery monitor and share insights with its members. mind-set is supporting the industry’s return to growth with traffic and shopping behavior insights from its data tool Business 1ntelligence Service (B1S). According […]

Summit of the Americas organizers add key new speakers to Knowledge Hub agenda

The International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) and South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL have unveiled additional speakers for the Summit of the Americas – A Virtual Experience, which takes place on April 5-9, 2021. Keynote addresses and panel sessions will take place at the virtual Knowledge Hub each day, focused on […]

IAADFS & ASUTIL announce impressive roster of speakers for Virtual Summit of the Americas in April

The International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) and South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL have unveiled the first line-up of speakers for the Summit of the Americas – A Virtual Experience, which takes place on April 5-9, 2021. The list of speakers includes a roster of leading airport and border travel retailers […]

New allowances and more stores announced at Brazil border conference

South American Duty Free Association, ASUTIL, and CEFSU, the Chamber of Uruguayan Free Shops, held a two-day virtual conference on Nov. 24-25, that examined new opportunities arising from the opening of duty free shops on the Brazilian border, during which government officials unveiled increased duty free allowances and details of new store openings. Originally planned […]

ASUTIL negotiating border allowances and transaction fees in Brazil, as it works on behalf of LATAM industry struck by COVID travel bans

South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL (Asociación Sudamericana de Tiendas Libres) has been working diligently on a number of issues critical to the industry in South America, in addition to its efforts to help com-bat the results of the travel halt from COVID-19. ASUTIL Secretary General José Luis Donagaray informed media that the Association has been […]

ASUTIL’s Donagaray promises “We are Walking” as he pledges assistance to LA industry at latest regional webinar

Speakers at the latest monthly webinar hosted by South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL continued to paint a dire picture of the travel industry in Latin America and the impact of COVID-19, with forecasts of air traffic for the full year predicted to be down more than 50%. But ASUTIL Secretary General José Luis Donagaray […]

Experts at ASUTIL webinar predict no recovery until 2021 in Latin America; could take years to reach pre-COVID levels

By John Gallagher   Two economists speaking at an ASUTIL-hosted webinar last week predict that Latin America is unlikely to see any recovery from the current crisis before 2021, and that it could take the region’s two major powers longer than that to even reach pre-COVID levels. Economists Tatiana Pinheiro from BNP – Paribas from […]

ASUTIL takes to the press in appeal for government assistance to save regional travel retail industry

South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL turned to one of Uruguay’s leading newspapers, El País, to add weight to its plea to local governments for assistance during the COVID-19 crisis, with requests to use e-commerce to sell to a domestic consumer and to Brazilians. ASUTIL Secretary General Jose Luis Donagaray, speaking with media during a virtual news […]

DUTY FREE & TRAVEL RETAIL SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

The 2020 Summit of the Americas scheduled for March 30 – April 2 in Orlando, Florida has been cancelled. ASUTIL & IAADFS, the show organizers, said that they made the “difficult decision” after careful consideration. The official announcement sent to exhibitors follows: After careful consideration, IAADFS and ASUTIL have made the difficult decision to cancel the […]

Inaugural ASUTIL Border Conference examines new Brazilian opportunities

The first Latin American Border conference welcomed 170 registered delegates at the Sheraton Porto Alegre last week, who gathered to discover details of how the new land border duty free stores in Brazil will operate. The conference was jointly organized by South American duty free association ASUTIL and CEFSU, the Chamber of Uruguayan Free Shop […]