Summit of the Americas 2021 moves online

11th September, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

The International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) will hold its Summit of the Americas 2021 show in a digital format due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 2020 Summit of the Americas was cancelled because of the pandemic

The Duty Free and Travel Retail Summit of the Americas was launched in 2018, the result of a merger of the flagship events hosted by the IAADFS and the Asociación Sudamericana de Tiendas Libres (Asutil).

Next year’s show, which was due to take place on 5 to 8 April 2021 in Palm Beach, Florida, will take in a virtual format over the four days.

“We are disappointed that the continued economic and social problems resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic make it apparent that the industry in the Americas and in some other locations is highly unlikely to be in a position to support an in-person event in early 2021,” said Rene Riedi, IAADFS chairman.

“The boards of IAADFS and Asutil have reacted decisively by switching to a virtual event, embracing an exciting new platform that will continue our support of the recovery and future prosperity of our regions.”

The 2021 Virtual Summit of the Americas will feature a knowledge hub, offering up-to-date learning sessions about the landscape, challenges and opportunities in the Americas. The event will also include an exhibition hub, providing virtual exhibition stand solutions, and a host of networking occasions.

Further details of the show will be revealed soon, along with a dedicated event website.

The IAADFS’s Summit of the Americas 2020 show was one of the first industry events to be cancelled as a result of the pandemic earlier this year. It was due to be held from 20 March to 2 April in Florida.

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