Press Releases

March 16, 2017

HMSHost Recognized as Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator for Tenth Consecutive Year by Airport Revenue News / Travelers Also Have Their Say; HMSHost-Operated Whisky River Voted Best Airport Bar and Best Airport Sitdown Dining by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards

ARN also awards HMSHost as Food Operator with Highest Regard for Customer Service and Best New Food & Beverage Concept for Avenue des Canadiens

BETHESDA, MD —At the 2017 Airport Revenue News (ARN) Conference & Exhibition Awards Gala held in New Orleans, global restaurateur HMSHost was awarded Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator for the tenth consecutive year; Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service (for the eighth year); and Best New Food & Beverage Concept for Avenue des Canadiens at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Travelers had an opportunity to vote on their favorite airport dining experiences too.  For the second year, ARN partnered with multi-channel media company USA Today to announce the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards, a set of consumer-facing awards voted on by readers. HMSHost locations from across the country were in the running for several of these awards, with Dale Jr.’s Whisky River, operated by HMSHost at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, being awarded Best Airport Bar and Best Airport Sitdown Dining.

“We are so honored to be recognized by travelers, our industry peers, and ARN with these prestigious awards,” said HMSHost President & CEO Steve Johnson.  “These awards are only possible because of the commitment and passion of our associates, and the support of our dedicated airport, brand, and community partners.  We look forward to working with you on many more successful endeavors.”

The Airport Revenue News Conference & Exhibition is where the airport concessions industry gathers to learn about the latest trends, network with decision-makers, and experience an exhibit hall featuring established and emerging brands and concepts.

Avenue des Canadiens at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is a tribute to the famous Montréal Canadiens hockey team, and provides travelers with a fun and unique retreat in the airport.  Guests are welcomed into the expansive restaurant by the bold and inviting collection of Canadiens memorabilia, appealing to the team’s loyal, local following and visiting travelers alike.  The menu delivers both an array of casual game time eats and more sophisticated fare, sure to please any palate.  You’ll know you’re in Montréal at HMSHost’s Avenue des Canadiens.

Dale Jr.’s Whisky River, operated by HMSHost in partnership with Dale Earnhardt Jr., is located at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and is based on the original Whisky River location in Uptown Charlotte known for being a lively and energetic place to hang out and have a good time. Through this partnership, HMSHost has been able to deliver the energy of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s brand for travelers to enjoy, with a stage for live entertainment and a simple menu of favorite foods such as chili, burgers, and hearty salads, and drinks including moonshine era throwback cocktails. 

About HMSHost

Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe, including 44 of the 50 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.8 billion and employs more than 37,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of around €4.3 billion in 2015, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,200 stores in over 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at fb.com/HMSHost and on Twitter at @HMSHost.

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