Global leader in food service and hospitality announces partnership at International Pow Wow in Los Angeles
BUFFALO, NY (May 15, 2012) Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service, announced it has become an Allied Member with the  American Society of Travel Agents, the world's largest association of travel professionals, at the International Pow Wow in Los Angeles this past April. 
ASTA is the travel industry’s professional trade association that promotes, educates and represents its members and provides a link between Delaware North’s special places and the travel agents at the frontline of the travel industry.
The announcement was made in Los Angeles at the U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow Wow, the travel industry's premier event at which industry professionals from around the world gather to conduct business. 
"As a leader in hospitality, travel and tourism we are delighted to be an allied member of the American Society of Travel Agents, the world's largest association of travel agents,” said Bob Gilbert, vice president of sales and marketing for Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts. “Professional travel agents continue to play an influential role with their clients and our global portfolio of properties. They remain a critical channel in the travel distribution landscape."
About ASTA
The mission of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. ASTA seeks a retail travel marketplace that is profitable and growing and a rewarding field in which to work, invest and do business.
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 in Florida; in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and in Niagara Falls State Park. The company also owns and operates Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; the Park Gate Lodges at Yellowstone, which are the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn, Gray Wolf Inn and Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel, all located at the park’s west gate in West Yellowstone, Mont.; and 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 http://www.delawarenorth.com/parks-and-resorts-home.aspx. 
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service companies. 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 and most admired privately held companies in the world with revenues exceeding $2.5 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. 


 Emma Abbott 

Delaware North Companies

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