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May 12, 2016

HMSHost Recognized by City of Charlotte, North Carolina with Proclamation

May 9, 2016 becomes “HMSHost Achievements Day”

BETHESDA, MD – Global restaurateur HMSHost was recently the proud recipient of a Proclamation by the City of Charlotte, North Carolina that proclaims May 9, 2016 as “HMSHost Achievements Day.” This recognition addressed HMSHost’s 60 food & beverage operations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and the efforts of its 1,870 associates who deliver dining services to nearly 45 million passengers annually.

The proclamation also recognized HMSHost for being honored with several prestigious airport industry awards including Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator, Best Food & Beverage Brand Operator, Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service, and Best New Food & Beverage Concept for 1897 Market at Charlotte Douglas International Airport by Airport Revenue News; Best Airport Bar for Whisky River (also at Charlotte Douglas) by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards; and Best New Food & Beverage Full-Service Concept for 1897 Market by Airports Council International-North America.

“Being recognized with this Proclamation by the City of Charlotte for our efforts and accomplishments at Charlotte Douglas International Airport means so much to us, and we are extremely proud of our associates at the airport whose hard work and dedication has resulted in this honor,” said HMSHost President & CEO Steve Johnson. “We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with our Charlotte Douglas partners to deliver a best-in-class guest experience to Charlotte travelers.”

“We are thrilled HMSHost was recognized by the City of Charlotte with a proclamation recognizing its recent accomplishments,” said CLT’s Assistant Aviation Director of Business and Revenue Haley Gentry. “The honor is well deserved. HMSHost’s partnership with Charlotte Douglas is invaluable. They continue to lead airport concessionaires in providing high quality food and beverage options that meet the needs of passengers, as well as enhance their overall customer experience at the Airport.”

HMSHost’s1897 Market at Charlotte Douglas International Airport is an urban gourmet market that greets guests with a wide selection of dining options freshly made from locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant features a raw bar, meat carvery, pizza oven, and wraparound bar, as well as a market with unique items and gifts, and a lounge seating area. 1897 Market was named for the year that HMSHost was founded and is the company’s flagship proprietary restaurant brand. Inspiration for 1897 Market comes from HMSHost’s 119 years of experience and passion for serving people on the move.

Dale Jr’s Whisky River airport location is based on the original Whisky River location in Uptown Charlotte which is 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 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 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.