In honor of the holiday season, Denver International Airport is giving away 100,000 presents to travelers who shop at any of the numerous retail and dining venues at the airport. Visitors who spend at least $20 at any single or combined retail store or restaurant in the airport can present their receipt at one of the gift box locations in exchange for a gift. The grab-bag style giveaway makes each gift a surprise.
The gift giving started on December 20, and will last through January 4. Hundreds of venues, travel agencies, tourism businesses and restaurants that work with DIA donated the thousands of gifts being handed out.
The gifts range in value and size, from a bag of cookies to flight vouchers from Frontier and Spirit airlines. Tickets for Denver area attractions, like the Museum of Nature and Science, will be floating among the goodies. If you're lucky, maybe you'll pull the three-night stay at the Vail Cascade Resort.
Many of the gifts have expiration dates, so they must be used quickly. Coupons and tickets are likely to only last about a month. Some of the ticketed events, like the Denver Zoo Lights, are only around for the holiday season.
If someone is unhappy with the gift they receive, or if someone doesn't think they can use it, they can exchange it for a gift of lesser value. But DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery says he hopes people will hold onto the gifts or give them to a family member who can use them. "These gifts are really for the people taking the time to shop with us and dine with us," Montgomery says.
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There are gift booths set up in the middle of each concourse, as well as on level six of the Jeppesen Terminal. They are easy to spot, just look for the nine-foot tall blue gift box with the white bow.
100,000 gifts sounds like a lot, but on a busy holiday week DIA can see as many as one million people pass through the terminals. In fact, DIA is the fifth busiest airport in the nation, serving 52 million passengers each year.
DIA's senior vice president of concessions, Neil Maxfield, says the gifts are a 'thank you' to the airport visitors for their continued support. "We know that travel around the holidays can be stressful, and Denver International Airport is teaming up with our business partners to say 'thank you' and provide some holiday cheer to our passengers," Maxfield says.