A Broward County selection committee will hear presentations today and choose a top contender among four major concession companies that have submitted proposals for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's news and gift shops.
Three of the bidders have ties to Miami International Airport, in what could be the first cross-border infiltration of concessionaires. The bidding, geared to bring new national brands and more variety to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, marks the first time the airport has put its news and gift contract up for grabs in more than two decades. The contract, which may be split in two, covers the vast majority of retail shops at the airport.
The groups, each of which has additional minority partners, include:
--Hudson, a major airport concessionaire that is teaming up with ex-Sirgany executive Raymond Kayal Jr. and local businessman, lawyer and former MIA lobbyist Christopher Korge. Together, they have one store at MIA, and Hudson has four others there. Kayal and Korge also own Newslink, which separately operates shops at MIA and Boston's Logan International Airport.
--HMSHost, another large company, which just was awarded a contract to expand at MIA.
--AREAS, a Barcelona-based company that operates throughout Europe and Latin America, has a new food and beverage contract at MIA and wants to make further inroads in the United States.
--Paradies, a large concessionaire that has held the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood contract since 1984 and is offering a hefty minimum annual guarantee to stay at all four terminals.
Copyright: The Miami Herald -- 12/5/06
News stories provided by third parties are not edited by "Site Publication" staff. For suggestions and comments, please click the Contact link at the bottom of this page.
Miami International Airport plans to launch an incentive program for airlines -- with a year's free landing fees for new flights -- to lure more domestic and international service and to stem the loss...
Developer Matthew Hudson, who signed a lease with Miami-Dade County six years ago in hopes of creating a commercial airport in Opa-locka, plans to make a final effort Tuesday to persuade the County...
Duty Free Americas, a Hollywood firm with stores at 12 U.S. airports, and whose parent company owns French designer label Christian Lacroix, will likely be the next operator of Miami International...
At the fast-growing Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, 15 percent more flights take off and land than five years ago.