Airport conference and expo kicks off in Doha

12/4/2017. The ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference and Exhibition opened in Doha on Tuesday, hosted by Hamad International Airport (HIA), under the patronage of HE Jassim Seif Ahmed al Sulaiti, the Minister of Transport and CommunicationsAround 400 delegates representing 175 organisations from 54 countries are attending the event, HIA said in a press release on Tuesday.During the three-day conference leading airport operators and aviation experts will discuss some of the most critical issues, opportunities and challenges facing the aviation industry, as well as share strategies for success.The event has attracted a significant number of service providers exhibiting their innovative products and award-winning services.Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer of HIA, and Special Advisor to the ACI Asia-Pacific Board said,"We are delighted to host an event of such international calibre in Doha and welcome our industry peers to HIA. Together with ACI Asia Pacific, we have developed the ideal platform for industry leaders to come together to discuss trends and challenges, as well as propose ideas that will make a real difference to the future of aviation."We also look forward to presenting our distinguished guests our city as a vibrant tourism and business destination, unveiling Qatar's warm hospitality and showcasing the dynamism and success of the world's youngest airport hub, Hamad International Airport."Kerrie Mather, President of ACI Asia-Pacific, thanked the host and sponsors for their support."It is most fitting for Hamad International Airport, a long-term supporter of ACI Asia-Pacific and one of the leading airports in the region, to play host to the event," Kerry said."The Asia-Pacific region is the largest and fastest-growing aviation market. Airports throughout the Asia-Pacific region are investing in and expanding their facilities to meet growing demand, while continuing to deliver a world-class airport experience. Hamad International Airport is the best example to illustrate what other airports in the region are experiencing and what ACI has been promoting the excellence of airport operations and management," she said.Kerry said ACI, as the association representing airports worldwide, stands firm and united in ensuring the safety and security of the travelling public, by offering a network of safe and secure airports."We have been, and will continue to work closely with our industry partners, ICAO and IATA, to develop programs and tools to help our members to achieve improvements in safety and security," Kerry said..A Leaders' Forum was held, where airport chiefs of some of the world's busiest and largest airports discussed"What Defines a Best Airport".Session speakers included Badr Mohammed al Meer, COO of HIA; Kerrie Mather, President of ACI Asia-Pacific and Managing Director & CEO, Sydney Airport; Declan Collier, CEO, London City Airport and Chair of ACI World; Andrew O'Brian, President & CEO, Corporacion Quiport, Quito International Airport; Howard, President and CEO, Great Toronto Airports Authority and Fred Lam, CEO, Airport Authority Hong Kong.( qatar-tribune.com)