IAADFS unveils new location for 2021

12th December, 2019 by Melita Kiely

The International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) has revealed a new location for its Summit of the Americas show in 2021 to “enhance” the event.

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The 2020 IAADFS Summit of the Americas show will be the last one in Orlando, Florida

The 2020 IAADFS Summit of the Americas will be the final show to take place in Orlando, Florida.

From 2021, the show will move to Palm Beach, Florida, where it will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center with its adjoining headquarters hotel. There will also be numerous hotels within walking distance of the convention centre.

Michael Payne, president and CEO of IAADFS, said: “This decision reflects the feedback and thoughtful input we have received from our members, exhibitors and supplier partners to consider after many years in Orlando, a venue more convenient to the Miami area.

“Its proximity to Miami International Airport will make it more convenient for many attendees. The modern high-speed train operating from Miami to Palm Beach adds even more of a convenience factor and the station is blocks from the convention centre.

“The whole arrangement is more intimate and provides an opportunity for the industry to have the closeness it desires, but with a wide variety of activities and dining experiences from which to choose. It also provides the chance to be more price competitive for participants.”

The IAADFS said 80% of exhibition space has already been requested for the 2020 show, and the Executive Conference Sessions are being finalised.

Further details regarding the event’s programme and speakers will be released in due course.

Payne added: “We looked at Palm Beach a few years ago, but at that time it lacked a true headquarters hotel, which it now has.

“In addition, the city is going through a major renaissance downtown with expanded shopping and fine dining options, as well as reasonable and varied price points for hotels, all conveniently located together.

“It is a great fit for the summit and the convention centre is a first class venue. We are excited about this change and the possibilities it provides.”

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