IAADFS adds its plea for concessionaire relief as airlines seek $50 billion U.S. bailout to survive coronavirus turbulence

A bipartisan coalition of governors and mayors from across the country joined with the entire U.S. aviation industry in a joint letter last Thursday to U.S. Congressional leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives urging the Administration and Congress to work swiftly to provide financial stability for the U.S. airline industry. The International Association […]

IAADFS petitions airport partners for relief in face of COVID-19 passenger collapse

Washington, D.C.-based industry trade group IAADFS (International Association of Airport Duty Free Stores) today sent a letter to its airport partners throughout the region, requesting that airports suspend guarantee payments that are based on minimum passenger numbers for the duty free and travel retail stores that operate in the airport, resulting from the “rapid freefall […]


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 […]

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, […]

IAADFS launches relief effort to help Caribbean recovery from Hurricane Irma, as it prepares for first Summit and works to improve airports and industry conditions

The International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) took an important step to help colleagues in the Caribbean who had been impacted by Hurricane Irma, the category 5 storm that flattened some of the key tourist islands in the Caribbean in early September. Hoping to fund immediate relief efforts, the Association contributed US$10,000to […]

Quieter IAADFS Duty Free Show delivers surprisingly strong results

The 2017 IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas delivered surprisingly strong results to exhibitors and operators. Billed by organizers as a “transition year” before next year’s Summit of the Americas launches in partnership with ASUTIL, show goers feared that lower numbers and fewer buyers would negatively impact the value of the show. Despite fewer […]