"South Bar and Cafe" named one of world’s best

The list of finalists for the Airport Food and Beverage Awards (FAB Awards) has been released, with the Christchurch finalist amongst luminaries.

Airport bars in Ibiza, Dubai, Amsterdam, Chicago and London are competing with the Christchurch Airport bar for an award which will be announced in Dubai on October 2.

Steve Hagerty, General Manager of HMS Host and the "South Bar and Café" says the finalists were told they are on a "roll-call of excellence."

"That's a great place to start," he says, "but it really is a huge achievement to be recognised as the only Southern Hemisphere finalist. "

Mr Hagerty says the appeal of the bar is simple.

"It is quintessentially South Island, "he says.  "It highlights many of the iconic South Island images travellers come to New Zealand to see. The bar offers different zones, so visitors find a spot to suit their taste - literally.  That's from formal fine dining at a white-clothed table to rosemary flavoured fries at the bar, or tapas with views over the airfield. We offer live music on Thursday nights, as part of the famous southern hospitality.

"Being named a finalist makes me proud and excited for Christchurch. After all we have been through in the past three years. It's exciting to get worldwide recognition for our re-emergence as a place which offers food, beverage, fun and great surroundings."

The world recognised Foodie Report describes the list of FAB finalists as "a compelling snapshot of the best in travel-related, revenue-generating food and beverage operations worldwide."

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