Best Concessions, Airports Awards Announced at 2014 Airport Revenue News (ARN) Conference & Exhibition

The winners of ARN’s Best Airports and Concessions awards were announced at the conclusion of the ARN 2014 Revenue Conference & Exhibition.

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The ARN awards program celebrates the achievements of the many exceptional airports and companies driving innovation within airport concessions.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) March 06, 2014

The winners of ARN’s Best Airports and Concessions awards were announced Tuesday during the ARN 2014 Revenue Conference & Exhibition.

Concessionaire winners were announced during an awards ceremony Tuesday afternoon; airport winners were named at another awards ceremony Tuesday evening.

“The ARN awards program celebrates the achievements of the many exceptional airports and companies driving innovation within airport concessions,” says David Broderick, executive director and publisher of Airport Revenue News. “All of the nominees, finalists, and winners should feel really proud, and the awards shows were a fantastic end to an amazing conference.”

Also honored during the programing were the Airport Directors of the Year: the Port of Oakland’s Aviation Director, Deborah Ale Flint, for the small/medium airport category and Houston Aviation Director Mario C. Diaz for the large airport category.

And for the first time, ARN named a Property Manager of the Year: a tie between Walt Froman from the Port of Portland and Randy Goodman from the Houston Airport System.

The conference, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Fla., drew more than 850 attendees. The annual event brings together industry professionals for networking, exhibition, and education sessions.

This year’s concessions winners are:

Best DBE Operator – Avila Retail Development & Management LLC

Best Franchisor – Starbucks

Best Passenger Services – XpresSpa

Best New Specialty Retail Concept, Small Division – Uptown Minnesota by St. Croix Promotions & Retail Inc.

Best New Specialty Retail Concept, Large Division – Spanx by Paradies

Retailer With The Highest Regard For Customer Service, Small Division – Vino Volo

Retailer With The Highest Regard For Customer Service, Large Division – Paradies

Best Airport Retail Store Design, Small Division – Napa Farms Market by Tastes On The Fly, SFO Terminal 2

Best Airport Retail Store Design, Large Division (tie) – Aveda by World Duty Free Group, MSP Terminal 1, and Boutique iStore by LS Travel Retail North America, IND Concourse B

Best News & Gift Operator, Small Division – NewsLink Group LLC

Best News & Gift Operator, Large Division – Hudson Group

Best Specialty Retail Brand Operator, Small Division – Natalie’s Candy Jar

Best Specialty Retail Brand Operator, Large Division (tie) – InMotion Entertainment Group and LS Travel Retail North America for iStore

Best Overall Retailer, Small Division (tie) – Metalsmiths Sterling and Swarovski

Best Overall Retailer, Large Division – Paradies

Best New Food & Beverage Concept, Small Division – P.F. Chang’s China Bistro by Hojeij Branded Foods

Best New Food & Beverage Concept, Large Division (tie) – Border Grill by HMSHost Corp. and Starbucks Evenings by HMSHost Corp.

Food Operator With The Highest Regard For Customer Service, Small Division – Vino Volo

Food Operator With The Highest Regard For Customer Service, Large Division – HMSHost Corp.

Best Airport Restaurant Design, Small Division – Napa Farms Market by Tastes On The Fly, SFO Terminal 2

Best Airport Restaurant Design, Large Division – Bar Symon by Paradies and United Concessions Group, PIT Center Core

Best Food & Beverage Brand Operator, Small Division – Hojeij Branded Foods

Best Food & Beverage Brand Operator, Large Division – HMSHost Corp.

Best Overall Food & Beverage Brand Operator, Small Division – The Grove Inc.

Best Overall Food & Beverage Brand Operator, Large Division – HMSHost Corp.

This year’s airport winners are:

Airport With The Best Concessions Program Design, Large Airport Division – Los Angeles International

Airport With The Best Concessions Program Design, Medium Airport Division – San Diego International

Airport With The Best Concessions Program Design, Small Airport Division – Dallas Love Field

Airport With The Best Customer Service, Large Airport Division – Dallas/Fort Worth International

Airport With The Best Customer Service, Medium Airport Division – Nashville International

Airport With The Best Customer Service, Small Airport Division – Dallas Love Field

Airport With The Best Concessions Management Team, Large Airport Division – Chicago O’Hare International

Airport With The Best Concessions Management Team, Medium Airport Division (tie) – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International and San Diego International

Airport With The Best Concessions Management Team, Small Airport Division – Dallas Love Field

Airport With The Best Overall Concessions Program, Large Airport Division – Minneapolis-St. Paul International

Airport With The Best Overall Concessions Program, Medium Airport Division – San Diego International

Airport With The Best Overall Concessions Program, Small Airport Division – Dallas Love Field