Dubai Duty Free’s Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin, was presented with the “Outstanding Contribution to the Aviation Industry” award at the annual Aviation Industry Awards in Dublin.
McLoughlin, who celebrated his 50th anniversary in the duty free industry on 1st June 2019, was recognised for his extraordinary achievements over five decades and in particular for his role at the helm of Dubai Duty Free over the past 35 years. Dubai Duty Free, which is the largest single duty free retailer in the world, achieved record annual sales of US$2.015 billion in 2018.
Delivering the keynote speech on the night, McLoughlin extended his thanks to the organisers of the awards and to the judges and added, “I am thrilled to be honoured in this way by the aviation sector in Ireland. I began my duty free career in Shannon Airport, so this means a lot to me to be recognized in my home country.
“As always, I fully recognize the support that I get from our terrific team of staff at Dubai Duty Free who do a great job in running our operation. I am also extremely thankful for the support that I receive from our Chairman, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who is a superstar.
“We have just recently concluded two of our major sponsorships in Ireland, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, both of which were a great success and which generated extensive media coverage for our brand. The fact that the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open took place in Lahinch this year, which is close to Shannon Airport where the duty free industry began, made it special. Also, my wife Breeda is from Co. Clare, so that made it extra special.”
This year’s awards ceremony saw 20 trophies being awarded to some of Ireland’s leading aviation companies, including Aer Lingus, Avolon, Stobart Air, George Best Belfast City Airpor, and Shannon Duty Free. At the awards night Mr. McLoughlin was accompanied by his wife, Breeda, along with Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Dubai Duty Free and her husband, Jihad.
Launched in 2014, the Aviation Industry Awards are part of the Business River network, which hosts over 12,000 senior level business professionals at over 30 events, with a wider business network of over 25,000 people.