HMSHost, Vino Volo and The Paradies Shops among big ARN award winners

HMSHost President & CEO Tom Fricke with one of his company’s big awards on the night

US. HMSHost, Vino Volo and The Paradies Shops were among the big winners at the annual Airport Revenue News awards in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. The awards recognise North America’s leading airport concession programmes, travel retailers and airport food & beverage concessionaires.

Best Overall Retailer (Large Airports) was The Paradies Shops. Paradies also captured the award for Retailer with the Highest Regard for Customer Service on the night.

HMSHost won Best Food & Beverage Operator, as well as a number of other awards, including Best New F&B Concept (for its Varsity outlet) and Best Customer Service (Large Airports).

HMSHost President and CEO Tom Fricke said: “We are ecstatic to be recognised by the industry for the role we play at airports across North America. Our people are extremely dedicated to enhancing the traveller experience and it is a proud moment to be able to celebrate their accomplishments. We are also very grateful to have such strong partnerships with the airports in which we operate and to work with such great brand partners.”

The Paradies Shops team mark the Best Overall Retailer accolade

Leading premium airport bar operator Vino Volos scooped six awards on the night, including an unprecedented double as Best Overall Retailer and Best Overall F&B Concessionaire (each in the Small Airports category). It also won Retailer with the Highest Regard for Customer Service (Small Airports).

The Vino Volo team captured an unprecedented double in both the Retailer and Food & Beverage categories in Las Vegas on Tuesday night

Hudson Group won Best News & Gift Retailer and XpresSpa won Best Passenger Services, while LS travel retail won Best New Speciality Retail Concept.

There were also two personal awards, where leading airport directors were recognised for their services to the industry. These were Elaine Roberts of Columbus Airport and Kent George of Fort Lauderdale Airport.

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The Paradies Shops President Gregg Paradies celebrates one of his company’s awards
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