Interim general manager briefs Atlanta Hotel Council
Hartsfield-Jackson interim General Manager Robert Kennedy recently addressed the Atlanta Hotel Council as well as leaders from the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Georgia World Congress Center. The council, an affiliate of the Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association, represents Atlanta’s downtown and midtown hotel industry.
“The Atlanta hotel industry is a partner with Hartsfield-Jackson,” Kennedy said. “We support each other, and we work together on sustaining the vitality of the region’s thriving tourism industry.”
Kennedy’s remarks included the Airport’s latest passenger and cargo statistics, an overview of the 2009 Economic Impact Study, and a status report on construction of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal.
Dance party in the Atrium
The Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, which is accessible via the ATL SkyTrain, celebrated its association with Hartsfield-Jackson by holding two flash mobs in the Atrium on September 30. More than 30 dancers performed a choreographed routine twice (plus a warm-up practice round) in the Atrium to the delight of employees and travelers who gathered to watch.
Hartsfield-Jackson worked with organizers from the hotel to coordinate the logistics for the event to promote the hotel and spotlight its relationship with the Airport.
If you missed the action, check out the video below, which also is posted on the Airport’s YouTube channel.
Paul Brown to lead Concessions
Paul Brown has joined the Department of Aviation as director of Concessions.
“We are excited to have Paul Brown lead our concessions team as we begin working to reinvent our food and beverage offerings,” said Arnaldo Ruiz, assistant general manager of commercial development. “He has a proven track record in the airport concessions industry.”
Brown has held high-level management positions dealing with concessions at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WHSmith USA Travel and Airport Retail Management, where he developed and managed concessions at O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago.
Airport marks anniversary of September 11 tragedy
On Saturday, September 11, Hartsfield-Jackson held a short program and observed a moment of silence in memory of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The observance began at 8:20 a.m., with the Salvation Army Band playing patriotic music, and included the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Honor Guard, the national anthem, words of remembrance (by Maj. Larry Cowper) and a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first plane struck the World Trade Center in 2001.
Braves manager gets airfield tribute
Longtime Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox is spending his final season at the team’s helm and has been honored at many venues — including Hartsfield-Jackson.
On September 16, Delta Air Lines hosted a special farewell event as Cox and the team left on the final road trip of the regular season. The plane was decked out with a No. 6 decal (Cox’s jersey number), and the manager received gifts of appreciation that included a pair of authentic captain’s wings and a certificate of command. As the charter taxied away, Airport fire trucks treated the team to a water cannon salute.
A video produced for the Airport’s YouTube channel appears below.
Discovery Channel films Airport documentary
Hartsfield-Jackson in September hosted a film crew from the Discovery Channel, which came to feature the Airport in a documentary series that takes in-depth, 24-hour looks at the world’s biggest and busiest systems.
The one-hour show will cover Airport operations, Atlanta Fire Rescue, the bomb squad, C4 (Centralized Command and Control Center) and cargo operations. It will air next year.
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