SOURCE: Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services

November 30, 2006 14:30 ET

Prime Airport Shopping Eases the Stress of Holiday Travel

Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services Offers Convenience of Traditional Shopping and Unique Regional Gifts for Travelers Taking Advantage of Holiday Travel Time

BUFFALO, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 30, 2006 -- According to the Air Transport Association, more than 25 million passengers navigated their way through airports this past Thanksgiving week. With the holiday season approaching, travel numbers will likely remain up. To create a more enjoyable experience for air-bound travelers, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services offers an airport experience that rivals the traditional shopping excursion. At more than 25 airport destinations, travelers have the power to peruse Travel Hospitality Services' variety of locally inspired gifts, including some of the hottest 2006 holiday items.

The added bonus? Some of these airport retailers are also enticing traveling shoppers with convenient shipping options -- a helpful addition for those multi-taskers. At select airport locations, Delaware North offers free shipping options to keep passengers' luggage light. In addition, shoppers in a rush can call specific stores and coordinate purchases from the air.

"Many travelers may not realize our airport experience is similar to that of mall, and Delaware North offers the added bonus of our commitment to enhancing the guest experience," explained Nick Biello, president of Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services. "Travel Hospitality Services has reinforced airports with stores that showcase regional favorites alongside unique regional gifts. For example, fans traveling through Detroit can save themselves the hassle of battling mall traffic by finding something ideal to bring home for their Michigan sports fans. Everything they need can be found in the convenience of the airport, and the costs are competitive too."

Each airport served by Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services provides a diverse selection of holiday gift items sure to make the wish lists of even the most discriminating shopper, including the following:

Gadgets to Go: Detroit Metropolitan Airport; Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Here, electronic gadgetry and gaming accessories such as various iPod accessories and Texas Hold 'Em poker sets -- complete with decks, chips and felt-covered playing boards -- keep travelers on the cusp of entertainment.

Motown Museum Store: Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Motown artists' CDs as well as Motownopoly, a spin-off of the Monopoly game, feature some of Detroit's most famous Motown figures such as Smokey Robinson and Jackie Wilson.

Henry Ford Museum: Detroit Metropolitan Airport

This historically inspired store ( offers unique, locally branded gifts and accessories such as the model Ford pickups and Polar Express train sets.

Brooks Brothers: Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Find beautiful sweaters, scarves, jackets, suits, pants, outerwear and more at this recognized clothing retailer, Perfect for that special someone on the holiday shopping list.

Erwin Pearl: Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Travelers in the market for that unique piece of jewelry this season need look no further than Erwin Pearl, The store offers a wide variety of earrings, necklaces, watches and bracelets -- guaranteed to add some extra dazzle to this year's holiday outfit.

She Chic: Detroit Metropolitan Airport

A women's apparel and accessory store, She Chic features upscale clothing and accessories including luxurious sleepwear.

Stylish Paw: Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Pet fashion and home items, such as Nicole Miller pet carriers, doggie rain slickers, pearl collars, travel bowls, and "Everything Tastes Better with Hair in It" coffee mugs are just a few of the paw-friendly offerings that pet lovers can't resist. To preview or purchase items, shop the Delaware North Companies online store at

Harley-Davidson: Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Harley enthusiasts can pick up the latest in motorcycle gear, such as the Electra-Glo Light Pod Kit, a set of compact LED Light Pods that radiate a neon-like glow to accent almost any part of the motorcycle, and other collectibles such as a "bar and shield" wall clock and a 2006 Harley-Davidson beer stein. (

The Longhorn Store (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)

University of Texas fans can stock up on Longhorn football, baseball and basketball goodies including t-shirts, jerseys, sweat shirts, caps, pictures frames, mugs and shot glasses.

News and Gifts

Travelers can stock up on regional food and gift items at various news and gift shops at all Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services airport destinations, including: Houston Hobby Airport, Newark International Airport, Syracuse Hancock International Airport and Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

About Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services

Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, is one of the nation's leading airport food service and retail companies, operating 300 restaurants and retail outlets in more than 25 airports worldwide, serving more than 350 million customers each year. The GuestPath® customer service training program ensures that all Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services associates follow the company's vision of "Providing Care and Comfort to People Away from Home."

About Delaware North Companies

Delaware North Companies is one of the world's leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International, TD Banknorth Garden and American Park 'n Swap. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with annual revenues approaching $2 billion and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Judy Lucas
    Delaware North Companies
    (716) 858-5215
    Ann Smith
    Standing Partnership
    (503) 692-8595