Welcome to ASUTIL

The concern to establish in South American a chamber that gather and represent the interests of the Duty-Free Shops Operators, was born in the middle of the year 1994, and the first meetings were finalized at the end of that year.

On August 7, 1995, ASUTIL (South American Association of Free Stores) was formalized before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, being established as an international organization with no political nor profit purposes, and based its headquarters in Montevideo, capital of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.

In its beginnings, ASUTIL had action only in South America but on December 16, 2008, on the occasion of the General Assembly, a modification of the By-law is approved, which extends the field of action covering all of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. This represents a great success for ASUTIL, which is still a young organization...

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IAADFS and ASUTIL Celebrate Successful 2021 Summit of the Americas – A Virtual Experience

Washington, DC and Montevideo, Uruguay, April 28, 2021 – IAADFS and ASUTIL express their satisfaction with the results from the 2021 Summit of the Americas – A Virtual Experience, which took place online April 5-9 and was organized in association with The Moodie Davitt Report. IAADFS and ASUTIL are appreciative of the support shown by exhibitors, sponsors, attendees, and the designated media partners – and of course the fantastic work done by the teams at The Moodie Davitt Report and FILTR Qingwa, the official virtual stand contractor and designer of the visuals used for the virtual environment. “During this difficult COVID-19 period, it was important for us to provide an opportunity for our industry to come together through a cost-effective and user-friendly platform to connect with each other and learn in anticipation of the pandemic recovery that we are all anxiously awaiting,” commented IAADFS President and CEO Michael Payne. José Luis Donagaray, ASUTIL Secretary-General, added, “The excellent sessions featured in the Knowledge Hub gave a huge amount of very important information to help keep our colleagues updated and better prepared for when traffic levels and sales begin to improve.”

This virtual event, a first for both IAADFS and ASUTIL, featured a virtual Exhibition Hub populated with an array of exhibitors representing nearly all categories in the industry. Attendees enjoyed informative and entertaining presentations in the Engagement Lounge, as well as a virtual happy hour. A cornerstone of the event was a robust five-day education program in the Knowledge Hub with world-class speakers from within and outside of the duty free and travel retail industry. Overall participation in the 2021 Virtual Summit was strong, with more than 2,700 total expo visits and more than 10,000 total stand views, 60% of which converted to deeper views of stand content material such as videos, presentations, downloads, and direct connections with the staff who were representing the stands in the virtual platform. Stand exhibitors saw an average of 338 visitors to their stands during the course of the event. The 21 sessions in the Knowledge Hub were viewed a cumulative total of 2,300 times as of April 10, 2021, with additional session views taking place during the 30-day encore period that began after the official close of the 2021 Virtual Summit on April 9.

All the presentations can be seen in https://www.youtube.com/c/TheMoodieDavittReport/videos

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2017 “Volver al Futuro".

Este año, la Conferencia anual de ASUTIL tuvo lugar desde el martes 6 al viernes 9 de junio en la maravillosa ciudad de Río de Janeiro, en el hotel Hilton Barra Río de Janeiro, en la glamorosa zona de Barra de Tijuca. Hace 21 años, ASUTIL celebró su primera conferencia en este mismo lugar. Hoy, esta ciudad, al igual que la industria, ha pasado por muchos cambios cualitativos y cuantitativos...

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