With 2022 passenger traffic already at 91% of its 2019 level according to ACI, Latin America is justifying its reputation as one of duty free and travel retail’s most dynamic markets. The region, which hosts a thriving network of airports, also boasts a vibrant border-store sector as well as ferries and cruise ships in a richly diverse, traveller-centred ecosystem. Expectations are for passenger numbers to equal or even exceed pre-Covid totals by the end of this year as travel across South America accelerates. But in a region familiar with economic volatility, the business landscape can change fast.
The ASUTIL Conference returns this year at a key juncture for the industry. Running from 7 to 8 June at the Hilton Hotel in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires in Argentina, the TFWA-managed event will examine current conditions and future prospects for DF&TR in the region. The two-day programme blends industry perspectives with traveller insight, economic analysis and digital developments. Dufry CEO Xavier Rossinyol will give the keynote address, while senior executives from the border business, airports and airlines will also share their thoughts. Tech giant Meta will feature, and research specialist m1nd-set will reveal how Latin American traveller behaviour is changing.
Networking, traditionally a big part of the ASUTIL Conference, will be given plenty of scope on Wednesday (14:00 to 19:00) and Thursday (09:00 to 12:30), when participants can meet current and future partners. Further opportunities to mix will come during the coffee breaks, lunches, Wednesday night’s cocktail party and Gala Dinner on Thursday, as well as the social activity on Friday 9 June. Delegates registering before 6 April will benefit from preferential pricing for the Conference and hotel accommodation. Interest in the event is already high, so DF&TR professionals active in Latin America should book early.