Hospitality management company, which specializes in tourist destinations, to assist with operations, marketing and administration at Pacific Northwest cultural attraction
TACOMA, Wash. (Feb. 10, 2011) – LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) today signed a five-year partnership agreement with Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, a hospitality management company based in Buffalo, N.Y. Delaware North, which specializes in managing tourist destinations, will assist with sales and marketing, as well as maintaining the facility and providing food, beverage and retail services for the Tacoma, Wash., attraction.

Delaware North currently oversees operations at properties ranging from Yosemite National Park and The Queen Mary to the Lizard Island Resort in Australia. Additionally, the company has worked with NASA since 1995 to transform the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex into an internationally known cultural and education attraction.

“We’re excited to be coming to Tacoma to share this unique attraction with the world,” said Kevin Kelly, president of Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts. “There isn’t another one like it anywhere.”
The 165,000-square-foot museum, currently under construction and scheduled to open next year, will house up to 500 diverse vehicles at any given time, showcasing the LeMay collection, which at one time totaled more than 3,600 cars.

“America’s Car Museum is designed to be a destination where travelers experience America’s love affair with the automobile,” said David Madeira, president and CEO for America’s Car Museum. “Delaware North’s broad marketing experience with other high-profile tourist attractions shows they know how to manage a powerful destination to attract visitation while allowing us to conduct our traditional museum functions. This makes them a perfect partner for our institution, which is breaking the mold for traditional car museums.

“Day-to-day operations will be directed by museum staff, ranging from membership programs, education and messaging to direct outreach with the car enthusiasts and the local community. Delaware North will help us market to a broad sector, attract visitors from across the country and provide immediate management and administration resources. They’ll get us up and running…fast.”

The $60 million campus will be one of the largest auto museums and attractions in the world, bringing an estimated 425,000 visitors and some $34 million to the local economy each year. It will have a 3.5-acre show field, galleries, meeting space, car storage, a café/restaurant, banquet hall and administrative offices.

Details regarding the opening dates and festivities for America’s Car Museum will be announced later this spring.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a leading hospitality provider in Special PlacesSM, 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 at 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 The Queen Mary in Long Beach. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, 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.

About LeMay – America’s Car Museum
LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum.org .


Pacific Communications Group – Jeff Green (310)224-4961 or jgreen@pcgcampbell.com

Delaware North Companies – Mary Burich (716)858-5420 or mburich@dncinc.com
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