Colm McLoughlin, executive vice chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, will be recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution, spanning over three decades, in shaping Dubai’s tourism, hospitality and retail sectors.
The award will be presented to him at the Middle East Hospitality Awards (MEHA), which will take place at the Ritz-Carlton DIFC on September 18. It recognises McLoughlin’s commitment to promoting Dubai globally in line with the directive received from HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai, when setting up Dubai Duty Free in 1983.
“I’m thrilled and delighted that I was selected to receive this award. I attribute it absolutely and totally to our team of staff and the effort they make in making our business successful, and of course to my Chairman HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who has been terrific support at Dubai Duty Free and our other operations since the beginning,” says McLoughlin.
According to McLoughlin, the airport retailer spends 2.5% of its annual turnover, which in 2018 reached $2.015 billion, in promoting Dubai Duty Free and the city of Dubai.
“‘Dubai’s hotel room supply alone is expected to reach 132,000 in 2019, with the Emirate aiming to complete 160,000 hotel rooms by October 2020,” he adds. “Like shopping malls, airlines and roadworks, the hotel industry is part and parcel of the system that’s essential in promoting tourism and visitors to Dubai”.
Commenting on the relevance of trade shows such as The Hotel Show for the hospitality, and travel and tourism industries in Dubai, McLoughlin says: “I think long-term events like the Hotel Show Dubai, now in its 20th year, are successful. I think the story has to continue all the time. It’s the continued growth of shows like this that encourages so many visitors to come to Dubai”.
In conjunction with the 20th edition of The Hotel Show Dubai, and part of the Middle East Design and Hospitality Week, The Middle East Hospitality Awards are set to recognise and celebrate the most outstanding properties, projects and people in the Middle East’s vibrant hospitality industry.