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There are only a few individuals during the 60-year history of duty free who can truly be considered as having shaped the industry. Alberto C Motta Snr, who died this week at the age of 90, was one of them. In 1949 he opened the first airport duty free store in his region, in Panama City and he fought tooth and nail down the years to legitimise and nurture the whole concept of duty free. He leaves behind an immense legacy – one embracing family, company, industry and country.
In each of those areas he was, as Michael Payne of the IAADFS so rightly put it, loved and respected. What a great and kindly man – appropriately honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to the industry by Raven Fox in 2005 (we show him there, pictured with InterBaires CEO Enrique Urioste, just one of many younger executives to have been influenced by Mr Motta). He will be missed and remembered.