QATAR. The Trinity Forum, the world’s most influential airport commercial revenues conference, will be held in Doha in 2019, the first time the event has ever been hosted in Qatar.

The Forum, a joint venture between The Moodie Davitt Report, ACI World and ACI Asia-Pacific, will be hosted by Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free (QDF) and will take place in Doha on 30-31 October 2019. This is also the first time in the event’s 16-year history that an airline has joined the hosting line-up.

Last week in Doha, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker and The Moodie Davitt Report Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie signed the partnership agreement for the event. The signing was also attended by Hamad International Airport Chief Operating Officer Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer and Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations Thabet Musleh.

Spirit of partnership: (Left to right) Hamad International Airport Chief Operating Officer Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer; Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker; The Moodie Davitt Report Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie; and Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations Thabet Musleh attend the signing of The Trinity Forum agreement.

His Excellency Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to be bringing The Trinity Forum to Qatar for the very first time. This important event will bring the industry’s key leaders, retailers and brands from around the world to Doha, to not only improve and build on the dialogue between airports, concessionaires and brands to benefit passengers, but also to showcase our world-class airline, airport and duty free offering to conference delegates.

“We look forward to extending Qatar’s warm hospitality and culture to all guests at next year’s event.”

Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer said: “We are proud to collaborate with The Moodie Davitt Report, ACI World and ACI Asia-Pacific in hosting The Trinity Forum in Qatar for the first time. As we gear up for what is set to be an exciting future for the industry in the region, we look forward to sharing our expertise and working with all those involved to usher in a new era of opportunities that redefine the airport and travel experience.”

Hamad International Airport Chief Operating Officer Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer says that The Trinity Forum in Doha coincides with a “new era of opportunities that redefine the airport and travel experience”. Look out for a fascinating interview with him, in which he details the exciting next-stage development of Hamad International Airport, coming soon on The Moodie Davitt Report.com

Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations Thabet Musleh said: “Hosting The Trinity Forum in Qatar for the first time reflects our ongoing commitment to retail innovation and excellence. At Qatar Duty Free we work hard to enhance the passenger experience in everything that we do, and work closely with all our brands and partners to continuously innovate to create lasting and memorable experiences.

“Hosting an event of this calibre in Doha aligns perfectly with our vision at Qatar Duty Free, and we are delighted to be partnering with The Moodie Davitt Report, ACI World and ACI Asia-Pacific to bring the industry’s leaders to Doha for this world-class Forum.”

Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations Thabet Musleh, pictured at the inauguration of the spectacular Dior Les Parfums Podium at Hamad International Airport last month, says that an event of The Trinity Forum’s calibre aligns perfectly with Qatar Duty Free’s vision. Look out for this week’s edition of The Moodie Davitt e-Zine, out later today, which profiles the unique four-way partnership between Dior, Qatar Duty Free, Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport.

The Trinity Forum aims to improve dialogue and mutual understanding between airports, concessionaires and brands to the benefit of that critical fourth party – the travelling consumer.

Martin Moodie said: “We are delighted to bring The Trinity Forum, the world’s most influential airport commercial revenues conference, to the Middle East region and, in particular, to Qatar, a shining example of the pursuit of airport retail and commercial excellence. 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.

“Since its launch in 2003, The Trinity Forum has grown from strength to strength with each edition. The most recent event, held in Shanghai, saw record attendance and was testimony to the importance all sectors of the industry place on the need for a Forum which champions collaboration, innovation and excellence, debates key issues and questions industry shortcomings.

“We have exciting plans to grow the event in 2019, including an extended focus on food & beverage, as well as the changing face of airport retail and other consumer services.

“Our hosts for next year’s Trinity Forum, Hamad International Airport, Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free, have constantly pushed the boundaries of retail excellence, innovation and customer service. We look forward to working closely with our hosts and co-organisers, ACI World and ACI Asia-Pacific, on The Trinity Forum 2019, which will once again bring together industry leaders, positive disruptors and thought leaders from across the globe.”

Event organisers: The Moodie Davitt Report Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie, ACI Director General Angela Gittens (centre) and ACI Asia-Pacific Director Patti Chau are committed to raising The Trinity Forum to new heights.

Trinity Forum delegates will get to experience the wonder of Hamad International Airport. Pictured is the magnificent Al Safwa First Lounge.

ACI World Director General Angela Gittens, said: “The consistent growth of this Forum is testament to the appetite from our members, retailers and suppliers for more collaboration and innovation in the commercial space. We are grateful to The Moodie Davitt Report team and world business partners for all their collaboration and support over the years we have worked together on this event.”

ACI World Director General Angela Gittens, shown speaking at this year’s Trinity Forum in Shanghai, says that there is a “growing appetite” from her members, as well as retailers and suppliers for enhanced commercial collaboration.

ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Director Patti Chau said: “Qatar’s unique blend of ancient culture and progressive modernity will make Doha the perfect place for the annual meeting. The Trinity Forum brings together the crucial triumvirate of airports, concessionaires and brands. Our host, Hamad International Airport, together with Qatar Duty Free and Qatar Airways, are stalwart innovators in our industry, and we look forward to working with them to bring the Trinity Forum to Doha next October.”

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Irene Revilla at Irene@MoodieDavittReport.com. A world-class programme with a range of exciting innovations is planned for the 2019 event. For details contact Michael Barrett at Michael@MoodieDavittReport.com or Martin Moodie at Martin@MoodieDavittReport.com

ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Director Patti Chau: “Qatar’s unique blend of ancient culture and progressive modernity will make Doha the perfect place for the annual meeting.”

ABOUT THE TRINITY FORUM 2019 HOSTS

Qatar Duty Free is the Middle East’s second-largest duty free retailer. It boasts over 90 boutiques and luxury or high-end stores, as well as more than 30 restaurants and cafés covering 40,000sq m at Hamad International Airport, providing travellers with a world-class shopping experience under one roof. Luxury brands available at the five-star airport include Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Bulgari, Hermès, Burberry, Moncler, Rolex and Harrods.

In addition, the award-winning duty free retailer regularly showcases podiums and pop-up stores, including the most recent Dior Les Parfums installation, a Tumi pop-up store, the L’Oréal Grand Hotel Podium and the Prada Voyage Podium.

Qatar Duty Free was awarded ‘Airport Retailer of the Year’ at the 2018 DFNI Global Awards. In April at the PAX International Readership Awards Qatar Airways won ‘Best Inflight Duty Free Programme’ for the Middle East and Africa and was acknowledged as an industry leader for its outstanding inflight duty free service, which is operated by Qatar Duty Free.

Hamad International has won several accolades in 2018, including being ranked fifth in the ‘Best Airport in the World’ category, fourth in ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ and fifth in ‘Best Airport for Dining’ at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018. Hamad International also took home the title of ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the fourth year in a row, and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the third consecutive year.