Andres Villalever, Global Ports Holding
Andres Villalever
VP, Retail & Advisor to the Chairman
Global Ports Holding

With over 20+ years of experience in retail, mainly in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries, including cruise lines, ports, tour operators and amusement parks, Andres is a seasoned leader with a passion for creating and driving the retail vision of the companies he collaborates with.

As CEO & Founder of AVG+ Group, Andres joined Global Ports Holdings, the world’s largest cruise port operator, as Advisor to the Chairman for the Americas in 2023 and currently serves as Vice President of Retail & Ancillary Revenue, where he oversees all retail strategies and operations throughout 30 ports, in 14 countries within the Caribbean, Europe/Mediterranean & Asia-Pacific regions. Before collaborating with GPH, he served at Carnival Cruise Line for 6 years, as Senior Director of Retail, where he was responsible for all retail services of the company, including in-house and partnerships/concessions, overseeing all channels and categories with full P&L responsibility on a $350M a year business.

Prior to Carnival, Andres worked as Corporate Head of Retail at the prestigious Xcaret Group, overseeing all the merchandising, product development and retail operations teams on the 60+ shops within the 7 Mexican Riviera famous amusement/theme parks and hotels. Andres has been a keynote speaker in various industry events and has received multiple awards as an executive, as well as for creating innovative, outside of the box products, concepts and shops.

My Sessions
Ship to Shore, Shore to Ship: Enhancing the Cruise Retail Opportunity at Cruise Ports
Presentation Grand Ballroom