Carrasco celebrates successful hosting of ACI-LAC event

URUGUAY. Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco is declaring its hosting of the Airports Council International Latin America-Caribbean (ACI-LAC) assembly a resounding success.

Airport operator Puerta del Sur hosted ACI-LAC’s 22nd Assembly, Conference and Exhibition from 2 to 5 November at the Hotel Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco & Spa.

Some 200 airport directors and executives, as well as a large number of experts in logistics , technology, and innovation, attended the event, coming from countries as far away as Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Belgium and Togo.

Martín Eurnekian, Director of Corporación América, addresses guest at ACI-LAC’s 22nd Assembly, Conference and Exhibition

Corporación America Director Martín Eurnekian welcomed guests at the opening ceremony on 2 November, and was joined in addressing the gathering by Liliam Kechichian, Uruguay’s Minister of Tourism and Sport, Yiannis Paraschis, ACI World Chairman, and Philippe Baril, President of ACI-LAC.

At the opening night for the congress, left to right: Diego Arrosa (CEO, Aeropuerto de Carrasco), Philippe Baril (President, ACI-LAC) and his wife; Homero Guerrero (Presidential Secretary, Uruguay); Liliam Kechichian (Minister of Tourism and Sport, Uruguay); Martín Eurnekian (Director, Corporación América); Enrique Pintado (Minister of Transport and Public Works, Uruguay); Yiannis Paraschis (ACI World)

Kechichian commented: “Our Ministry is very receptive to the contributions that will undoubtedly be made by this assembly and conference, as our airport is a key gateway to Uruguay.”

Baril thanked Eurnekian and his team for the hospitality and professionalism with which they had received their ACI-LAC colleagues.

The two days of the conference proper presented eight sessions exploring the theme Building Airport Competitiveness in a Rapidly Changing World.

Reflecting Corporación América’s background in the retail industry, the conference included a panel on travel retail with World Duty Free Group’s Pedro Castro and Dufry’s Antonio Mena.

Left to right: Jorge Lukowski (AA2000), Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad (Malaysia Airports), Max Moore Wilton (Sydney Airport), Rick Piccolo (Sarasota Airport), Liliam Kechichian, Yiannis Paraschis, Angela Gittens (ACI), Diego Arrosa and Ezequiel Barrenechea (Corporación América)
Panel on Airport Economics, left to right: Dennis Chant (Queensland Airports), Mike Tubridy (LeighFisher) and Rafael Echevarne (ACI)

Other conference highlights were a gala dinner on 3 November, which marked the tenth anniversary of Puerta del Sur’s management of Carrasco Airport, and a traditional dinner in the Mercado del Puerto on 4 November.

ACI’s World Governing Board met in Montevideo during the assembly.

The gala dinner at Carrasco Airport

“It was a real honour for Puerta del Sur, a company in the Corporación America group, to receive the senior authorities of Airports Council International – not only for the responsibility and challenge that this opportunity meant for our airport, but also the importance that it had for our country,” commented Puerta del Sur CEO Diego Arrosa.

A Uruguayan dance group entertains guests at ACI-LAC’s Montevideo meeting
Philippe Baril and Nicolás Romero (President, Guayaquil Airport Authority) join in some local entertainment
Left to right: Alfonso Lacámara, General Manager of SCL Chile with his wife, and Armando Subirats, Superintendent of Mexico City Airport with his wife
Left to right: Alceste Venturini (LeighFisher), Ezequiel Barrenechea, Nicolás Romero, Philippe Baril, and Javier Martinez and Angel Córdova (TAGSA)
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