Awards Friday, October 5, 2018 Dubai Duty Free Marks its Ninth “Airport Retailer of the Year in Single Location” Award
Dubai Duty Free Marks its Ninth “Airport Retailer of the Year in Single Location” Award Dubai Duty Free officials headed by Chief Operating Officer, Ramesh Cidambi accepted the award on behalf of the operation along with Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President - Marketing, Saba Tahir, Senior Vice President - Purchasing and Sharon Beecham, Vice President - Purchasing from the award sponsor INCC President and CEO, Remy Deslandes along with Kapila Ireland, DFNI-Frontier Editor and Chris Madden, DFNI-Frontier Brands Editor

Dubai Duty Free was named  “Airport Retailer of the Year – Single Location” For a record ninth time at the recently concluded Frontier Awards held on 3rd October at the Congress Mandelieu Expo Centre in Cannes, France.


Held to coincide with the annual Tax Free World Association (TFWA) exhibition, the Frontier Awards, which are often referred to as “the Oscars of travel retail industry”, acknowledged best practice, reward innovation and celebrate excellence across the global travel retail channel.


Commenting on the award, Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Colm McLoughlin said, “We are delighted to receive our ninth Frontier Airport Retailer of the Year Award. This is the second time that we have won this award back to back (2000, 2001, 2017 and 2018) and to win it for a record ninth time takes lot of hard work and commitment. This award will always be treasured and I would like to thank the organizers and the judges for their support. I join our Chairman H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum in dedicating this Frontier award to each and every member of our staff.”


Frontier’s distinguished panel of judges, which comprised six top executives from the industry who collectively boast a wealth of experience across a wide geographical area, chose from a large number of entries from all over the world. Dubai Duty Free beat stiff competition to emerge the winner from eight other leading travel retailers.


Dubai Duty Free’s continuing sales growth, which is expected to reach US$2 billion this year, its ongoing expansion of its retail offer and its brand partnerships with key suppliers, were some of the key points noted by the judges before awarding the ‘Airport Retailer of the Year in Single Location’ to the operation.


Dubai Duty Free won its first ‘Airport Retailer of the Year’ award in 1985 – at the first Frontier Awards ceremony- and again in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2012, 2014 and 2017.  The operation has also won in other categories over the years including ‘Best Marketing Campaign’ in 1986, 1990, 2009 and 2015. In 1986, Colm McLoughlin was presented with the ‘Duty Free Person of the Year’ award and in 2004 a special ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ was presented in recognition of his significant role within the duty free industry. While former Dubai Duty Free President, George Horan was also presented with the same award in 2016 following his retirement in June .after 33 years of working in the company.

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