Latin America

Enrique Urioste joins Dufry in key South American role as Oscar Garcia Pedrosa prepares to retire

Enrique Urioste, one of the Americas most recognized and respected travel retail operators, is joining travel retail giant Dufry as Cluster General manager for South America (excluding Brazil). He assumes the new role as of January 1, 2020. Urioste will replace Oscar Garcia Pedrosa, who will retire in mid-2020. From his initial introduction as the first Secretary General of South […]

Brazil confirms increase in Border duty free allowance

The Brazilian Ministry of Economy has officially confirmed that the duty free allowance for travelers entering Brazil via a land border will increase from $US300 to $US500 from January 1 2020. Ordinance No 601 confirming the new allowance has already been published in the State Gazette. This measure follows on from a previous announcement on October15, […]

SSP opens its first food and beverage units in Brazil

SSP Group, in a partnership with Duty Free Americas, has opened its first outlets at Brazil’s two main international airports, Rio de Janeiro Tom Jobim International Airport (RIOgaleão) and São Paulo International Airport (GRU Airport). The new units are the first to open under a joint venture partnership between SSP and DFA, following the win of […]

InterBaires/Dufry win Rosario tender

Buenos Aires-based InterBaires, a fully owned subsidiary of Dufry, has won the tender to redesign, operate and manage the duty free stores at Rosario International Airport in Argentina. Rosario Airport, situated just over 300 km north of Buenos Aires, is one of the few airports in Argentina that is not operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 […]

MONARQ Group to distribute Gruppo Montenegro brands

   Italian spirits and food manufacturer Gruppo Montenegro and MONARQ Group have announced that beginning October 2019 MONARQ will be the exclusive Latin American and Caribbean domestic and duty free plus USA Duty Free distributor for Gruppo Montenegro and its portfolio of Italian spirits, including Amaro Montenegro, Select Aperitivo and Vecchia Romagna Brandy. Robert de Monchy, […]

Duty free allowances to increase in Brazil

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s Twitter announcement that the Brazilian government will confirm new duty free allowances within the next few days came as no surprise to Latin American duty free industry observers. The current allowances have been in place since 1991 and over the last few months there have been several calls to bring them […]

Montico makes a Smart move to assist new operators as dozens of new Brazilian border stores may open

Looking for a “Smart” way to get products into the new Brazilian border stores? Well-known Montevideo-based duty free executive Marcelo Montico has established Smart Duty Free, a new distributor targeting companies looking to enter the Brazilian border stores as well as other regional travel retail operators in Latin America. Smart will target the new border […]

Iguazu airport begins first intercontinental flights

Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Friday, August 23, “christened” the first intercontinental flight from Puerto Iguazu International Airport, as Air Europa officially inaugurated flights from Iguazu to Madrid, Spain. This is a milestone event for the airport, which in 2018 surpassed a million passengers in one year for the first time.  The airport is operated […]

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