Houston Airports is first-ever recipient of new World Airport Awards category honoring airport art program

HOUSTON, March 15, 2023 ~ Houston Airports has been awarded the World's Best Art in an Airport accolade from Skytrax World Airport Awards 2023. This is a historic win for Houston Airports and the commercial aviation industry, as this year the World Airport Awards created a new category for this award.

Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, said, "When people travel, they deserve great service and a welcoming passenger experience. Houston Airports has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to deliver the absolute best to all customers. The World's Best Art award demonstrates the thoughtful evolution happening within Houston Airports as it endeavors to enhance its remarkable art program."

Houston Airports boasts one of the largest public art collections in the aviation industry with more than 350 pieces and an appraised value of $28 million. The airport also has a performing arts program called Harmony in the Air which provides live musical performances on custom stages across its terminals.

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Mario Diaz, Director of Aviation for Houston Airports said, "Houston Airports is relentless in its quest to create a global air service gateway where the magic of flight is celebrated. We've thoughtfully invested in and curated works of art representative of our city and the greater global community we diligently work to serve." He added that it was an honor to know that their unique visual and performing arts experience resonated with customers as well as Skytrax.

In June 2020, The City of Houston, Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) and Houston Airports commissioned 10 major permanent works at Bush Airport and William P. Hobby Airport which supported local artists during COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021 MOCA and Houston Airports made their largest one-time airport art acquisition with 74 pieces. Additionally, they are also the only airport with an active Artist-in-Residence program.

The win is historic for Houston Airports and commercial aviation industry as it demonstrates their commitment towards providing excellent customer service through thoughtful investments in art programs that represent their city and global community they serve.
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