The prestigious Frontier Awards, often referred to as the Oscars of the travel retail industry, marked a night of celebration, recognition, and innovation during the TFWA 2023 event. Held on the 4th of October at the luxurious Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France, this annual gathering brought together industry leaders and luminaries, honoring their exceptional contributions to the world of travel retail. Here are the standout moments and notable award winners of this exclusive gala event:
Colm McLoughlin Receives Inaugural Frontier Pioneer Award:
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the inaugural Frontier Pioneer Award to none other than Colm McLoughlin, the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free (DDF). A true pioneer and visionary in the travel retail sector, Colm McLoughlin has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence throughout his career. This award not only recognizes his incredible contributions to the industry but also celebrates his role in shaping the future of travel retail.
Dubai Duty Free's Double Triumph:
Dubai Duty Free had more reasons to celebrate as the retailer clinched the "People & Planet: Diversity & Inclusion Champion" award. This recognition showcases their dedication to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, reflecting the brand's values of equality and unity.
Qatar Duty Free Takes Home Airport Retailer of the Year:
Qatar Duty Free was named "Airport Retailer of the Year," an accolade sponsored by Nestlé. This recognition underscores their commitment to excellence in providing a seamless shopping experience to travelers passing through Hamad International Airport in Doha. It reflects their relentless pursuit of delivering quality products and services to passengers from around the world.
Thabet Musleh Recognized for Outstanding Contribution:
Thabet Musleh, Senior Vice President of Qatar Duty Free, was honored with the "Outstanding Contribution" award. His remarkable dedication and exceptional leadership have made a significant impact on the travel retail industry, and this award serves as a testament to his unwavering commitment.
Campari Global Strategic Travel Retail's Omnichannel Triumph:
The "Campaign of the Year" award, sponsored by Kounter, was presented to the Aperol Travel Journey Omnichannel Campaign by Campari Global Strategic Travel Retail. This innovative campaign demonstrated a unique and effective approach to engaging travelers and enhancing their travel retail experience.
Fame By Rabanne Named Star Beauty Product of the Year:
The prestigious "Star Beauty Product of the Year" award was presented to "Fame By Rabanne," a product by Puig. This accolade recognizes the outstanding quality and appeal of this beauty product, which has left an indelible mark on the industry.
Nestlé Secures Supplier of the Year:
Nestlé, a renowned name in the world of consumer goods, was named "Supplier of the Year," an award sponsored by Dubai Duty Free. This acknowledgment underlines their unwavering commitment to providing exceptional products and services to the travel retail sector.
The Frontier Awards at TFWA 2023 celebrated excellence, innovation, and dedication in the travel retail industry. These outstanding moments and award winners exemplify the industry's continuous pursuit of excellence and customer satisfaction. As we reflect on these accomplishments, it is clear that the travel retail sector is poised for an exciting and prosperous future.