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.

Julian_Diaz-cropJulían Díaz González, CEO, Dufry and Gustavo Antorcha, Chief Operating Officer, Carnival Cruise Lines will headline the Executive Conference Sessions, that will take place during the mornings of MondayTuesday, and Wednesday, March 19-21.

Kian-Gould-aoeAmong the other topics and speakers, Kian T. Gould, CEO / Founder, AOE GmbH, will talk about Travel Retail 2020: Digitally Disrupted or Digitally Evolved?  AOE GmbH is a leading global provider of services for digital transformation and digital business models. The company has just opened its second office in the United States, located in Fort Lauderdale, to meet the rising demand on the East coast and in South America for its services.

peter mohnLewis Allen, Director, Environments, Portland Design will address When Different Is Not Good Enough: Better Shopping for Tomorrow’s Airports, and

Peter Mohn, owner and CEO, M1nd-set and Charles de Gheldere, Director Travel Intelligence, IATA will deliver a discussion entitled In-depth Dive into the Air Traffic Evolution in the Americas 2018-2023. 

Participation in the Executive Conference Sessions is open to all registered attendees.


Summit welcomes back key suppliers 

IAADFS and ASUTIL have confirmed the participation of several key suppliers for the 2018 Summit of the Americas that are returning after an absence.

Rejoining the event for 2018 in the category of fragrances and cosmetics are Bvlgari, Christian Dior, L’Occitane, Puig Panama, and Rituals Cosmetics, joining long-time supporters in the category such as Essence Corp, Estee Lauder, Euroitalia, and L’Oréal, to name a few.

Other exhibitors returning after an absence are Furla, Haribo, Misaki, and Philip Morris Duty Free, among others.

“We are excited to welcome back some of these major brands that are so important to the duty free and travel retail industry in the Americas and the Caribbean,”  commented ASUTIL secretary general José Luis Donagaray.  IAADFS president and CEO Michael Payne added, “We are also grateful for the continued support of our many long-time exhibitors, and we are pleased that this year’s supplier participation will be an even better reflection of the diversity offered by our many supplier partners.”

The exhibitor list for the 2018 Summit of the Americas includes nearly 140 companies offering a vast array of products for the duty free and travel retail industry.

For the 2018 floorplan, go to: