Boise Airport Wins Multiple Concession Awards at National Event

On Tuesday night (April 5) the Boise Airport was awarded “Best Retail Program (Small Airports)” and “Best Food & Beverage Program (Small Airports)” at the annual Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Concessions Awards Gala in Orlando, Florida.

“Boise’s unique flavor, taste and character is reflected by the local restaurants and businesses that cater to visitors at the Boise Airport,” said Mayor David Bieter. “These awards underline our city’s role as model and trend-setter. I couldn’t be more proud of the vision and hard work that has made this success possible.” 

“Airports work continuously to enhance the passenger experience, and the ACI-NA Excellence in Airport Concessions Awards recognize the most innovative and outstanding airport concessions that are essential to that effort,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. Boise Airport’s leadership in a competitive industry exemplifies their commitment to their passengers, their customers, and their community.”

Paradies Lagardère, Boise Airport’s retail vendor, won the award for “Best New Local Concept” for the design of the Greenbelt Magazine Marketplace. The store competed against retail concepts in airports of all sizes throughout the U.S. and Canada.

"I am thrilled, and I believe the pioneers who created Boise’s Greenbelt would be equally as pleased,” said Tia Crabtree, Editor of The Boise Greenbelt Magazine. “The Greenbelt Magazine - It's a Boise Thing concept captures the beauty of Boise and all its assets. Paradies Lagardère and CSDI Construction did a great job on the design at the Boise Airport."

Delaware North, Boise Airport’s food & beverage vendor, received a second place award for “Best New Food and Beverage (Full-Service Concept)” for their design of Bardenay.

Beginning in 2014, the Boise Airport completely remodeled their concession program bringing in five new retail concepts and nine new food and beverage concepts. The new concession program contains a mix of local options alongside well-known national brands. The airport celebrated the grand opening of the new concession program in July 2015.

Left: Maureen Riley, Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports and Chair of ACI-NA
Center: Amy Snyder, Boise Airport Property/Contract Administrator
Right: Kevin M. Burke, President and CEO of ACI-NA

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About the Boise Airport (BOI)

The Boise Airport is a municipally owned entity operating as a self-supporting enterprise. No City of Boise general funds are used to operate the airport. The airport is served by 6 airlines which offer daily service to 20 nonstop cities. In 2015, nearly three million passengers traveled through the Boise Airport.

About the ACI-NA Concessions Awards

ACI-NA’s 2016 Excellence in Airport Concessions Awards promotes the innovative spirit of the airport concessions industry and recognizes excellence in airport concessions programs.  This year’s contest received more than 125 nominations from airports of all sizes throughout the United States and Canada. 

Best Food and Beverage Program

This category considered the mix, quality, brands, sales, and build-out of the food service offerings included within a single terminal or concourse. Food and beverage includes, but is not limited to, sit-down restaurants, quick service concepts, food courts, coffee, and takeaway snacks. This could be a single unit for Small/Non-hub airports.

Best Retail Program

This category considered the mix, quality, brands, sales, and build-out of the specialty retail offerings included within a single terminal or concourse. Retail includes, but is not limited to, concepts such as apparel, jewelry, accessories, books, electronics, children's toys and health and beauty and convenience retail units. This could be a single unit for Small/Non-hub airports.

Best New Local Concept

This category considered a single food and beverage, retail, or personal services unit operating at an airport, which best highlights the local culture, aids in giving a sense of place and promotes local economic growth.

Best New Food and Beverage Concept (Full-Service)

This category considered a single food service unit operating at an airport, including concepts such as sit-down restaurants, wine bars and full bar service. This concept will typically have wait staff and table service.