Mactan Airport Terminal 2 Refreshment Bar Wins Int’l Award

The Mactan Cebu International Airport continues to gain global fame after its ‘The Cabin Bar’ is recognized as Asia Pacific Airport Bar of the Year.

Avigael Ratcliffe, head of the Corporate Affairs and Branding Department of GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), said The Cabin Bar won the award during the Airport Food and Beverage Awards held in Dallas, Texas last month.

Ratcliffe said The Cabin Bar, operated by London-based travel food and beverage operator SSP, has been serving refreshments for international passengers at the MCIA Terminal 2 which was inaugurated by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in June last year.

The Cabin Bar is the first full bar operating inside a Philippine airport, she said.

“The Cabin Bar exudes a resort feel with its open, flowing concept and wide, spacious countertops,” she said. “The open bar allows customers to see the creativity and technique of the staff while preparing the drinks.”

The bar is situated in a very central and visible location in the airport, and stands out with its bright, blue chairs and towering canopy.

She said that the FAB Awards recognizes the best in travel food and beverage worldwide.

To recall, Mactan airport was also named as “Asia Pacific Airport of the Year 2018.”

Also, the MCIA won the International Architecture Awards (IAA) for Airports and Transportation Centers category for 2019, because of the airport Terminal 2’s unique tropical design.

Internationally renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue was commended as the key to the design of MCIA’s Terminal 2, along with other local designers Royal Pineda, Budji Layug, and the Hong Kong-based architectural firm, Integrated Design Associates.

Cobonpue is the current chairman of the Regional Development Council in Central Visayas. (PNA)

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