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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts signs Premier Partnership with PATA

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts signs Premier Partnership with PATA (Forimmediaterelease.net) Global family entertainment leader Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) have forged a new strategic partnership, both organisations announced today.

Effective immediately, Disney becomes a PATA Premier Partner, gaining exclusive access to a range of co-operative opportunities including market intelligence, business development and co-branded events and products.

Disney joins a select group of PATA Premier Partners such as Visa International, Amadeus, CNN International, TIME and Fortune.

PATA President&CEO, Mr Peter de Jong, said he was delighted to welcome such an iconic and powerful brand as Disney into the PATA community. “It really is a dream come true," he said.

“We have worked closely with Hong Kong Disneyland since its launch in September 2005, and now through this key partnership we will have the opportunity to connect with all of Disney's parks and resort destinations around the world."

Disney Destinations Senior Vice President, Sales&Distribution Marketing for the Asia Pacific Region Ms Claire Bilby, said PATA was a natural partner for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as the company continues to promote its Hong Kong Disneyland resort destination and its Disney Parks brand throughout the dynamic Asia Pacific region.

“It is an exciting partnership for us, as our parks and resorts are poised to benefit from the huge growth in travel to, from and within the Asia Pacific region," she said. “Our new alliance with PATA ensures that we can strengthen our connections with industry and government leaders throughout the region."

Mr de Jong explained that PATA Premier Partnership is restricted to global or regional brands that are clear leaders in their domain and have a strong vested interest in Asia Pacific travel and tourism.

“Disney perfectly fits our criteria and brings enormous strength to our coterie of Premier Partners. We look forward to developing some exciting bilateral and multi-lateral programmes with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and our other partners and members," he said.


ABOUT PATA
Mission statement: “The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a membership association acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. In partnership with PATA's private and public sector members, we enhance the sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism to, from and within the region."

Founded in 1951, PATA is the recognised authority on Asia Pacific travel and tourism. PATA provides leadership and advocacy to the collective efforts of nearly 100 government, state and city tourism bodies, more than 55 airlines and cruise lines, and hundreds of travel industry companies. In addition, thousands of travel professionals belong to dozens of PATA chapters worldwide. PATA is a not-for-profit organisation. Find out more at www.PATA.org.

ABOUT DISNEY PARKS
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are where dreams come true. More than 50 years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of five of the world's leading family vacation destinations - Disneyland Resort; Walt Disney World Resort; Tokyo Disney Resort; Disneyland Resort Paris; and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; the Disney Vacation Club; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world's most popular destinations. For more information and images, please visit www.disneyparks.com.

Note to editors: High resolution logos - of Disney Parks and PATA - are available. Email: communications@PATA.org For more information, contact Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Marketing Communications, David Gillbanks Telephone: + 662 658 2000 Email: david@pata.org Disney Worldwide Sales & Travel Operations Public Relations Director, Robert W. Deuel Telephone: +1 714 284 6385 Email: robert.deuel@disney.com

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