ASUTIL and IAADFS open registration for 2018 Summit of the Americas

ASUTIL-Logo-1Registration is now officially open for the 2018 Duty Free & Travel Retail Summit of the Americas. The joint event between ASUTIL and IAADFS will take place March 18–21, 2018, at the Orlando World Center Marriott, in Florida.

Please note: The 2018 discount registration deadline is Friday, January 26, 2018, after which the registration fee will increase by $150 per attendee.

This coming year will be the event’s last time at the Orlando World Center Marriott, say the organizers.

iaadfs logoBeginning in 2019 there will be a new location for the Summit, reports IAADFS president and CEO Michael Payne.

“A new location will provide more flexibility for the event including expanded private meeting rooms, a more intimate exhibit area, and better options for educational sessions. The new location also provides easy access to nearby restaurants, shopping, and other entertainment options,” says ASUTIL secretary general José Luis Donagaray.

The two organizations went through a very thoughtful and extended look at other locations for the Summit of the Americas. They worked in close coordination and consultation with supplier members.

“After evaluating a number of factors including exhibit and labor rates, other fees associated with the event, and convenience for travel and proximity to the rest of the Americas and Europe, Orlando is the best choice for now,” says Payne. “Both organizations will continue to assess other venues, including locations outside of the United States as appropriate,” he adds.

Exhibit space request fulfillment for the 2018 Summit of the Americas is well under-way. The Executive Conference Sessions are being finalized, and will take place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings.

“The planning for the Executive Conference Session presenters and topics is well developed, and we hope to be able to announce speakers and topics soon,” says Donagaray.

In a new element, Wednesday will include networking time, with opportunities for one-on-one meetings between member buyers and suppliers who were unable to obtain exhibit space.

“It is very important that everyone look at this as a full three-day event given the programming and opportunities provided,” said Donagaray.

Additional details about the Executive Conference Sessions for the 2018 Duty Free & Travel Retail Summit of the Americas will be available in the coming weeks. Please visit for information about registration and room reservations.

For more information, contact IAADFS president and CEO Michael Payne at +1-202-367-1184 or ASUTIL secretary general José Luis Donagaray at +598-2-623-1842.