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 […]

ASUTIL to meet with Brazilian and Uruguayan officials to clarify border store product restrictions

Following its announcement in January regarding the harmonization regulations issued by Mercosur at the end of 2018, South American duty free association ASUTIL will be meeting with government officials of Brazil and Argentina to clarify the list of products that had been excluded for sale in the region’s border stores. In a webinar on Friday […]

ASUTIL endorses new Mercosur border shopping resolution but criticizes list of excluded products

Latin America’s travel retail industry was greeted with mixed news at year’s end as industry executives attempted to decipher the latest decrees from the Mercosur trading bloc, published just before the Southern Hemisphere summer recess on Dec. 16. The decree, which harmonizes the regulations on duty free shops on the borders of all the Mercosur […]

One on One with ASUTIL Secretary General Jose Luis Donagaray

Political, fiscal winds batter business in South Americas’ largest economies The duty free business in South America’s two largest nations—Argentina and Brazil –started flailing in the second quarter of 2018, buffeted by currency fluctuations caused by external and internal factors, comments Jose Luis Donagaray, Secretary General of South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL. “The business […]

Top Dufry and Carnival Cruise execs headline speaker lineup at ASUTIL/IAADFS Summit of the Americas

ASUTIL and IAADFS have now released the full slate of speakers for the Executive Conference Sessions at the 2018 Duty Free & Travel Retail Summit of the Americas to be held March 18–21, 2018, in Orlando, Florida. Julían Díaz González, CEO, Dufry and Gustavo Antorcha, Chief Operating Officer, Carnival Cruise Lines will headline the Executive Conference Sessions, […]

Dufry’s Gea to speak at ASUTIL conference as registration nears 300

Asutil confirms additional speaker and registration numbers   Registrations for the 21st annual ASUTIL Conference to be held in Rio de Janeiro from June 6 – 9 are proceeding at a good pace and are slightly ahead of the organization’s original budget, Jose Luis Donagaray, Secretary General of the Latin American Duty Free Shops Association tells Travel Markets Insider. […]

Big changes ahead for ASUTIL and IAADFS events as groups announce collaboration

The South American Duty Free Association, Asociacion Sudamericana de Tiendas Libres (ASUTIL), and the International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) today announced a new collaborative partnership for their annual events. The two associations will fully integrate their events in March 2018, when they will introduce a Summit of the Americas. The new […]