Qatar Airways, Hamad International Airport (HIA), and Qatar Duty Free (QDF) have teamed up to host the 2019 Trinity Forum – the world’s most influential airport commercial revenues conference – from 30 to 31 October at the St. Regis Doha.
The Trinity Forum is an annual event organised by The Moodie Davitt Report, Airports Council International (ACI), and ACI Asia-Pacific. This year’s edition in Doha marks the first time the conference will be hosted in Qatar and co-hosted by an airline carrier.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, will be a keynote speaker at the event, alongside Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA. They will be joined by other leaders in the aviation and retail industries, who will explore how airports, concessionaires, and brands can work together for the benefit of the travelling consumer.
H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “I am delighted to welcome hundreds of industry peers to this year’s Trinity Forum in Doha. It is the shared objective of Qatar Airways, Hamad International Airport, and Qatar Duty Free to provide our passengers with an award-winning shopping and dining experience. We proudly work with brands in the true ‘trinity’ model of airport, retailer, and supplier to create a world-class shopping experience to travelling customers.”
Founder and Chairman at The Moodie Davitt Report, Martin Moodie, said: “It is a thrill and honour to bring the event that I founded in 2003, and which has become such a pivotal element of the airport commercial revenues calendar, to Qatar for the first time. Hamad International Airport is one of the world’s great airports, and Qatar Airways is one of modern aviation’s most extraordinary success stories. We are proud to partner with such outstanding organisations and with Qatar Duty Free, which so epitomises our industry’s drive for retail and consumer service excellence.
“We’re also proud and excited to be bringing guests from all over the world to this extraordinary country, where they will enjoy amazing Arabian hospitality, culture and commerce in a unique and compelling setting. Together with our kind hosts, we can promise an unforgettable experience.”
The Qatar Airways Group offers passengers unrivalled, award-winning services throughout their journey. HIA was ranked as the fourth-best airport in the world at the 2019 Skytrax World Airport Awards, while QDF was named ‘Airport Retail Operation of the Year’ at the 2019 DFNI-Frontier EMEA Awards.
Together, HIA and QDF curate memorable luxury and retail experiences for travellers. This year alone they unveiled the first Qatar Airways Boutique at HIA, opened the Penhaligon’s Made to Measure pop up boutique as an airport world-exclusive, and complemented HIA’s two Harrods boutiques by launching the Harrods Tea Room – a first for an airport. It also staged the largest airport podium for Puig brands Paco Rabanne and Carolina Herrera, called Pacomarket/Carolina Hotel.
HIA is currently undertaking phase two of its expansion. The airport will increase its capacity to accommodate 53 million passengers annually by 2022 and introduce new, innovative features such as a stunning indoor garden and additional food, beverage, and retail space.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The world’s fastest-growing airline has added several exciting new destinations to its growing network this year, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; and Mogadishu, Somalia. The airline will add Langkawi, Malaysia; and Gaborone, Botswana, in 2019 to its extensive route network along with Luanda, Angola; and Osaka, Japan, in 2020.