10.27.2011
 Company and family to receive Hospitality Management Leadership award 
 NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (Oct. 27, 2011) – Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality management led by Chairman and CEO Jeremy M. Jacobs, and the Jacobs family will be honored Oct. 27 at the Niagara University College of Hospitality and Tourism Convocation. Delaware North Companies and the Jacobs family will receive the college’s Hospitality Management Leadership award.

"The Jacobs family was chosen to receive Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management's Hospitality Leadership Award because they are a locally-based, family-owned business that has created a global corporation operating in the hospitality industry,” said Dr. Eddie Friel, expert in residence of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Niagara University. “We believe the story of the company's growth and achievements will serve as an inspiration to our students who are choosing the tourism industry as a first choice career.  It is an affirmation of the principle that where you start in this industry has nothing to do with where you finish."
 
The Jacobs family transformed a modest popcorn and peanuts vending business that began in 1915 into one of the world’s premier hospitality management companies. Delaware North remains owned and operated by the Jacobs family and headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., where it originated. The company’s present-day subsidiaries are leaders in food service, hospitality management, retail, sports facility ownership and management, and gaming venue and racetrack ownership and operation.
 
Delaware North Companies operates in iconic locations all over the world, including Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon, Wembley Stadium and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. GuestPath®, the company’s award-winning environmental management program, and GreenPath®, the company’s award-winning customer service program, are implemented companywide to ensure stewardship and customer satisfaction.
 
What: Delaware North Companies and the Jacobs family will receive Niagara University College of Hospitality and Tourism’s Hospitality Management Leadership award. Delaware North Parks & Resorts President Kevin Kelly will accept the award on behalf of the company.
 
When: Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.
 
Where: Niagara University Alumni Chapel.
 
Who: Delaware North Companies is a global leader in hospitality management, retail management and food service management. 
 About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places SM, with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel; and LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com.
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com. 
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 For more information, contact:
Laura Gray
Delaware North Companies
(716) 858-5671
www.delawarenorth.com


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