While most people will never equate food and airports, the delays caused by our nation’s antiquated Air Traffic Control system have made this relationship all the more important.  Anyone who has had to spend more time in an airport than originally planned will appreciate a good selection of concession options, be they shopping, food, or drink.

Therefore it is good news that our local International Airport, Sea-Tac, has won the Richard A. Griesbach Award of Excellence for its’ concession options by the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA).
At the 2007 Concessions Conference Awards luncheon today, Richard White, Director of Properties for the Memphis-Shelby International Airport, winner of the 2006 Griesbach Award, presented the Griesbach award to SEA-TAC.

SEA-TAC’s excellent mix of national, regional, and particularly local brands in the areas of food and beverage, retail, and consumer services, has created a dynamic new experience for its passengers. The positioning of the retail and food service outlets throughout the terminal maximizes visibility and passenger movement. The design and fixtures contribute to establishing a unique Pacific Northwest sense of place. The store fronts are eye catching and the financial performance is superbRichard White
Director of Properties for the Memphis-Shelby International Airport

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Entries for this year’s contest were judged by an independent panel comprised of high-level professionals from each of the various disciplines reflected in the contest (i.e. food and beverage, retail mall development, consumer groups, architecture and academic communities). In addition to the independent panel, one representative from the previous years’ overall winner was also involved in the judging process.
The contest, which began in 1998, is named for Richard A. Griesbach, a long-time industry professional in airport concession programs from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.