8th Americas GHI Conference breaks records in Toronto

Ground Handling International has hosted the 8th Americas GHI Conference, welcoming a record 550 delegates to the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, Canada.

The 8th Americas GHI Conference was held from 25–27 June where the record-breaking 550 delegates conducted business and attended conference sessions looking at issues such as GSE innovation, safety and market performance across the Americas.

Conference Chairman and Portfolio Director Max Gosney praised the show as a leading business forum where more than 2,300 meetings took place.

He said: “There was a real buzz, which is what you want on the show floor as exhibitors engage with their customers. It has been frenetic, I think everyone is exhausted but that’s because there have been so many great interactions through networking and deals being done.”

Conference sessions were conducted across the three days with a mixture of panel discussions and case studies from industry experts.

A standout session looked at electrification of ramp operations where GSE providers, ground handlers, airlines and airport representatives joined Gosney and the GSE Podcast’s Matt Weitzel to discuss sustainable solutions on the ramp, current challenges and alternatives to electric-powered GSE.

Gosney said: “It is really important that we reflect what is going on in the market so we went out and asked some of the key operators what are the key topics they think we should be exploring.”

The case studies gave Gosney surprises with the session, American aviation trailblazers, with Advanced Charging Technologies and Talma Ecuador discussing electrification was the result of a meeting at the 7th Americas GHI Conference last year in Punta Cana.

“When you hear that someone has met at your conference and that has been a springboard for working together to tackle a business challenge like electrification and they have made a productive partnership out of it, that is exactly what we are about,” said Gosney.

The Americas GHI Conference has come back strong since its post-pandemic, growing from around 300 attendees to over 500, making it GHI’s largest regional event.

Major news which broke at the event involved dnata USA selecting Damarel's FiNDnet Enterprise suite across its American operations.

Posting on LinkedIn, the IT services provider said: "We're thrilled to announce that dnata USA, a leading air and ground services provider, has signed a contract to implement Damarel's FiNDnet Enterprise suite across all its American operations."

FiNDnet Enterprise software benefits include streamlining operations, boosting efficiency and reducing costs, enhancing customer service, and optimising decision-making through using real-time data and insights.

The 9th Americas GHI Conference will be held at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida from 3-5 June 2025 with Gosney saying, “We think it will be an excellent opportunity to grow the event and take it to the next level.”

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