ACI-NA is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 ACI-NA Excellence in Airport Concessions Awards. It is a unique opportunity for our industry to recognize success and innovation in commercial programs at airports of all sizes.

Over 30 awards were given in 2016 in various categories encompassing almost all aspects of airport concessions. Categories included Best Food & Beverage Program, Best New Retail Concept, Best “Green” Concession Practice or Concept Category, and Best New Consumer Services Concept, just to name a few. Also, ACI-NA will present the Richard A. Griesbach Award for Excellence that recognizes an outstanding overall concession program.

Any ACI-NA member (airport or associate) may fill out the online 2017 Call for Entry Nomination Form and submit it by no later than December 23, 2016. Please note that 2016 first place winners cannot be nominated this year for the same category but can be nominated in a different category.

Only self-submissions are permitted this year – no exceptions. For example, if you are an airport member, you can only submit an entry for a program operating at your airport. If you are a concessionaire, you can only submit an entry for a concept that your company operates. An airport can only nominate their programs, but if an airport wishes to nominate a concept at their airport they would need to ask the concessionaire/operator to make the nomination and submittal. 

The awards will be announced at the 2017 Business of Airports Conference in Palm Springs, CA in April 2017.  We hope you'll join us to help salute the many airports and organizations that have taken steps to grow and develop our industry.

For further questions or concerns, please contact or by phone at (202) 293-8500.

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Important Dates

  • October 31, 2016 - ACI-NA Excellence in Airport Concessions Awards Opens
  • December 23, 2016 - Deadline to submit your nomination(s) using the online 2017 Call for Entry Form  
  • February 17, 2017 - All submissions MUST be received by ACI-NA
  • March, 2017 - All entries will be judged by an independent panel
  • April 26, 2017 - Awards Dinner at the Business of Airports Conference in Palm Springs, CA