December 8, 2006
Westin Hotel Guests at Detroit Metro Airport Will Soon Enjoy Nearly 90 Shops & Restaurants at DTW’s McNamara Terminal
DETROIT, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) pilot program will soon allow overnight guests staying at Detroit Metro Airport's (DTW's) on-site Westin Hotel with the ability to go where no non-traveling hotel guest has gone before. TSA's AAACE (Airport Access Authorization to Commercial Establishments) Beyond the Screening Checkpoint Program will be launched at DTW on as early as next Tuesday, and will provide a process for overnight hotel guests at the Westin to apply for access to the shops and restaurants in the McNamara Terminal, after submitting to thorough background checks and screening at the TSA security checkpoint.
"This is a great example of how the TSA and airports can work together to create innovative, common sense policy that keeps our travelers safe, while fostering a business climate and airport environment that is attractive to both our customers and business operators," said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Lester Robinson. "Without any impact on the safety & security of the traveling public, this program allows our hotel to offer a wider range of nearby services and amenities to our Westin Hotel guests, and increases sales opportunities to our airport concessionaires. In a time when non-airline revenue sources for airports are more important than ever, this program is a win-win approach for everyone involved."
DTW is one of two airports in the country that TSA has approved for the AAACE Pilot Program; Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) is the other. Detroit Metro Airport's Westin Hotel is relatively unique among airports, because it is directly connected to the McNamara Terminal, and even has its own TSA screening checkpoint. The hotel's on-airport location is extremely convenient for business travelers, but until now, non-traveling guests were not allowed into the McNamara Terminal's concourses, where nearly all of the airports award-winning shops and restaurants are located.
The McNamara Terminal houses nearly 90 world-class stores and restaurants and was recently recognized by Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) as Best Food & Beverage Program and Best Retail/Specialty Program among large airports in 2006. The terminal also received ACI-NA's Best Retail Program Award in 2004, and was recognized by Airport Revenue News as the Best Overall Single Terminal Concessions Program in 2004.
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