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If you think about Hong Kong right now, you will inevitably think of the ongoing protests taking place there. Aside from the political and social impact, travel and tourism has “collapsed”, in the words of analyst ForwardKeys. At Hong Kong International Airport though, several impressive openings in the food & beverage space have offered plenty of cause for optimism about the airport’s commercial future.
From Wolfgang Puck’s first location in Hong Kong to a pair of Michelin-starred Cantonese and Shanghai restaurants, five spectacular new restaurants have added diversity and distinctiveness to the food & beverage offer at one of Asia’s most commercially progressive hubs. We showcase the exciting new launches.
Elsewhere in this issue, we go behind the scenes as a dynamically different type of food hall takes shape at Brisbane Airport, courtesy of SSP and Queensland-based DCB Developments.
We also see how OTG, so synonymous with innovation, has evolved its offerings according to customer needs at LaGuardia Airport. Discover how Rick Blatstein and his team have introduced some compelling New York chef-driven F&B options in the first of four new concourses.
In a strong opinion piece, Nick Goddard-Palmer, Co-Founder of travel retail consultancy Hunter Palmer – Global Retail Solutions, assesses new solutions, trends and innovations in the beverage industry – and asks whether airports are ready to embrace them.
We also profile Areas’ Urth Caffé & Bar at Los Angeles International Airport in our regular FAB winners section, and round up the travel F&B sector’s best new openings, innovations and events.
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5-10 F&B highlights
Two special events celebrating the airport food & beverage scene and a dream come true for a local restaurant feature in our regular look at the best new openings, innovations and events.
13 Evolving with passenger needs
OTG has introduced a dazzling array of New York chef-driven F&B options at LaGuardia Airport as the first of four new concourses opens there in a US$8 billion rebuild.
16 Raising the bar
Nick Goddard-Palmer, Co-Founder of travel retail consultancy Hunter Palmer – Global Retail Solutions, assesses new solutions, trends and innovations in the beverage industry – and asks whether airports are ready to embrace them.
11 Creating a gourmet paradise
From Wolfgang Puck’s first location in Hong Kong to a pair of Michelin-starred Cantonese and Shanghai restaurants, five spectacular openings have added diversity and distinctiveness to the F&B offer at Hong Kong International Airport.
15 Behind the design
DCB Developments has partnered with SSP to create a dynamically different type of food hall at Brisbane Airport that has never been seen before in Australian travel retail.
18 FAB 2019 winner
Areas’ Urth Caffé was named Airport Coffee, Tea, Non-alcoholic Beverage Shop of the Year at the FAB Awards. The company recently invited partners to share in the success by hosting a special reception at Los Angeles International.
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