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Dec 11, 2013

Heineken Lounge Celebrates One Year And 60,000 Served at Eia

“Going Dutch Has a Whole New Meaning”

“Going Dutch Has a Whole New Meaning”

EDMONTON, AB – One year ago, global restaurateur HMSHost opened the Heineken Lounge to travellers in the new Domestic-International Passenger Lounge at Edmonton International Airport (EIA), as part of the airport’s expansion efforts. Heineken Lounge has been very popular and expects to reach the 60,000 guest milestone this month.

The Lounge, named for its featured Dutch-brewed Heineken beer, marked its anniversary with a celebration that included Dutch Consul General Johannes Vervloed, City of Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke, Leduc County Mayor John Whaley, representatives from Molson Coors, which distributes Heineken in Canada, and several Dutch dignitaries.

“The Heineken Lounge has been a wonderful addition to our airport and a big hit since day one. With a beloved global brand, a great menu and the feel of an authentic Dutch bistro, it’s a taste of Europe before you leave the ground. We’re honoured to host this one-year anniversary and raise a toast to this restaurant’s continued success,” said Myron Keehn, Vice President of Commercial Development for EIA.

“HMSHost is proud to partner with such a globally recognized brand as Heineken to bring travellers a great place to take a break and relax when passing through the airport,” said Michael Jones, Vice President of Business Development at HMSHost. “The fact that this event brought in such a respected crowd validates just how well the brand is known and respected around the world.”

The Heineken Lounge opened last year as part of a major expansion at EIA. Although the focus is on the Heineken beer brand, one of the world’s most popular beers, travellers can choose from a wide variety of other beers, cocktails made from premium liquor and an amazing selection of wine. The Heineken Lounge also features sumptuous meals, with menu highlights such as the Smoked Nova Scotia Salmon sandwich, Nasi Goreng (a spicy Indonesian stir-fry dish with vegetables and slices of mini egg omelet), as well as the Mosselen, or Dutch Steamed Mussels.

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates locations all over North America, and is part of Autogrill Group, the world's leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. Visit for more information.