Spirit brands are ready to showcase a broad assortment of new and existing products at the Summit of the Americas in Florida next week as the show gears up for a second year in its new format.
One of the hottest shows in the travel retail calendar is gearing up for what is sure to be another stellar year. The Duty Free & Travel Retail Summit of the Americas was launched last year, the result of a merger of the flagship events hosted by the International Association of Airport Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) and the Asociación Sudamericana de Tiendas Libres (Asutil). Due to take place from 24-27 March, this year’s event will boast a bigger and better home at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, in Orlando, Florida.
Those visiting this year’s event will be spoilt for choice, with dozens of leading spirits brands exhibiting their best wares. Guests will be able to sit in on a series of Executive Conference Sessions on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the show, when expert speakers will host numerous educational sessions. Talks and discussions will range from ‘Buyer and Supplier panel: Plotting a positive travel retail future in an uncertain world’, ‘Meet the millennials: The tourists to change it all’, and ‘What do we expect from the United States, Brazil and Argentina in 2019? Good news or bad news?’.
Michael Payne, president and CEO of the IAADFS, said: “We think this will be an exciting and vibrant new format, with an expanded trade area, including more private meeting rooms as well as three days of solid executive learning programmes for all attendees. We have also added some new social and networking opportunities.
“The entire summit should not be missed. Spirit fans will find all the major brands present, with ample opportunity to conduct business meetings and enjoy networking with colleagues.”
Click through the following pages to see a selection of unmissable spirits brands to explore at this year’s Summit of the Americas 2019 and where to find them.