Thursday 25 May 2017

DAA’s Collier jets off to two junkets in just one month

ROISIN BURKE

A HECTIC schedule as Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) boss and AIB director doesn’t come between Declan Collier and a few corporate jaunts somewhere sunny.



He enjoyed the gracious surroundings of Marrakesh’s fivestar Palmarie Golf Palace hotel for an Airports’ Council International (ACI) conference last week, where his attendance was funded by the DAA.



The Palmarie is a luxurious spa and golf resort with a 27- hole golf course, several swimming pools, “state-of-the-art” spa, and rooms “with breathtaking views of the Atlas mountains”, the hotel blurb boasts. The itinerary included a 4x4 excursion to the Atlas mountains, poolside lunch at the Villa du Lac, quad biking and a golf tournament. Winter temperatures in the Moroccan city are a pleasant 24C or so.



Collier will barely have caught his breath before he is off again, this time to sunkissed Abu Dhabi (average temperatures 27C) where he is keynote speaker at the Airport Exchange 2011 conference at the end of this month. He’s staying at the chic fourstar Aloft hotel with roof-top pool and spa. Events include a reception at the six-star Fairmont Bab al Bar hotel and a gala dinner at the equally sumptuous Emirites Palace.



A DAA spokesman said that Collier’s attendance at both conferences was part of his role as ACI member and president and added: “The DAA is a commercial, semi-state company that operates fully in the commercial arena. It receives no funding whatsoever from the State.”



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