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Apr 8, 2024

HMSHost Earns Multiple Accolades at 2024 Airport Experience Awards

Leader in Travel Dining Recognized for Its Innovation and Achievements in Serving Up the Best Bar Experiences for Travelers

BETHESDA, Maryland (April 8, 2024) – Global restaurateur HMSHost, part of Avolta AG (SIX: AVOL) and a world leader in creating dining for travel venues, earned multiple accolades at the 2024 AX Awards hosted by Airport Experience News during its 20th annual Airport Experience Conference last week in Dallas.

Judges awarded HMSHost top honors in both categories celebrating the best airport bar concepts, offering travelers a unique atmosphere and expansive drink menu along with service and hospitality by knowledgeable staff.

  • Best Bar Experience – Large Airports
    • The Green Room Lounge & Whiskey Bar – Nashville International Airport (BNA)
  • Best Bar Experience – Medium/Small Airports
    • Memphis Made Brewing Company – Memphis International Airport (MEM)

“It is an honor to be recognized through numerous awards by a panel of judges that represent the landlords we admire and collaborate with so closely to revolutionize the travel experience across North America,” said Steve Johnson, President and CEO, North America, Avolta. “Everything we do, from the dining venues we create to the service we provide, is done with an unwavering dedication to making travelers happier. I attribute this recognition to our strong partners who see our vision for the future of our industry and our team members who make the journey better for travelers every day.”

About HMSHost’s 2024 AX Awards honorees:

  • The Green Room Lounge & Whiskey Bar: A distillery-inspired bar nestled in the C/D Connector of Nashville International Airport (BNA), The Green Room Lounge & Whiskey Bar is a celebration of Nashville hospitality serving Southern comfort food and cocktails crafted with “The Original Tennessee Whiskey” — Nelson’s Green Brier. This one-of-a-kind destination is driven by the desire to create an immersive experience and to instill a memorable taste of Tennessee heritage, culture, cuisine, and the best regional whiskey.
  • Memphis Made Brewing Company: Memphis Made Brewing Company at Memphis International Airport (MEM) showcase’s the city’s culture and offers travelers a genuine Memphian experience through the craft beers of an iconic local brewery. Located between gates 3 and 5, Memphis Made has 10 taps pouring a rotation of popular varieties and seasonal brews, and serves a locally inspired menu featuring the legendary Memphis BBQ of Corky’s Ribs & BBQ. In 2023, travelers named Memphis Made Brewing Company’s outpost at Memphis International Airport the #2 Best Airport Bar in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

About HMSHost
HMSHost, part of Avolta AG (SIX: AVOL), is a leader in creating dining for travel venues. The restaurateur operates over 1,000 locations in nearly 80 airports across North America, including proprietary concepts, local, regional, and national brands, and partnerships with award-winning chefs. For decades, HMSHost has curated food and beverage programs that make a traveler’s journey as exciting as the destination.

The industry has repeatedly recognized HMSHost with awards such as Restaurateur with the Highest Regard for Customer Service and Best Brand Restaurateur for Shake Shack by Airport Experience News. In recent years, USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards has awarded first place honors to HMSHost's Three Kings Public House at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) and its Whisky River locations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). ACI-NA, the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, recognized HMSHost with the 2020 Associate Inclusion Champion Award for leadership and achievement in the ongoing inclusion of business and workforce diversity, outreach, and advocacy. Additionally, ACI-NA awarded HMSHost the 2022 Excellence in Airport Concessions Award for the Best Employee Recognition Program. The company also creates original, award-winning events and campaigns including Airport Restaurant Month, Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, 1,000 Acts of Kindness, JBF@ORD Chef Series, and Eat Well. Travel Further.

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