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08 November 2018

Chimelong is presenting sponsor of the 25th Annual TEA Thea Awards Gala, 13 April 2019

Burbank, CA -- The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced that Chimelong Group has become Presenting Sponsor of the 25th Annual Thea Awards Gala, April 13, 2019 at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA. 

Photo at top: Chairman Su of Chimelong Group speaks to members of the press at the 2018 TEA Thea Awards Gala in Anaheim

This will be Chimelong’s fourth time in the role of presenting sponsor for the Thea Awards Gala, a prestigious, international, black-tie event celebrating the finest accomplishments of the global attractions industry.

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Guangzhou, Chimelong Group Co., Ltd. is a conglomerate that owns and operates theme parks, luxury hotels, convention centers, high-end restaurants and leisure entertainment businesses. The company has stated its goal to become the top tourist organization in the world.

Paul Z. P. Su (VP) and Chris Ho, (General Manager, Int'l Business),
Chimelong, at the 2017 TEA Thea Awards Gala. Mr. Ho is a
member of the TEA Asia Pacific Division Board. 

TEA International Board President David Willrich of DJ Willrich Ltd. said, “As the TEA Thea Awards mark a quarter century of celebrating excellence in our global industry, we are honored to welcome back Chimelong as Presenting Sponsor. Chimelong is a leader and a game-changer in the business of themed entertainment, as attraction development continues at a dramatic pace in Asia and especially China. Chimelong's support helps us to showcase and uphold our very best standards, across cultures and borders. We thank Chimelong Group for their contributions.”

Tony Sze, Sr. Counselor,
Chimelong Group

Entertainment properties that Chimelong owns and operates include Chimelong Paradise and Chimelong Water Park in Guangzhou (both open since 2006), and Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Zhuhai (open since 2014). In 2017, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom ranked 11th in the top 25 most-attended theme parks worldwide, with annual visitation of nearly 10 million (per the 2017 TEA/AECOM Theme Index). Su Zhigang, Chairman of Chimelong Group Co., Ltd., began as a restaurateur in the late 1980s, opened his first hotel in the mid ‘90s and continued on to build a tourism and resort empire.

TEA's relationship with Chimelong Group has been growing for several years, and the company has been thrice honored for its achievements, with TEA Thea Awards. In 2015, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (Hengqin, China) received a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Theme Park. In 2017, Chimelong received a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Attraction category, in recognition of the 5D Castle Theatre at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom.

In 2018, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom's Journey of Lights Parade received a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Live Show category. In October 2018, Chimelong hosted TEA SATE Asia (SATE is the association's signature conference series on Experience Design) in Guangzhou.

TEA COO Jennie Nevin said, “Chimelong has become a prominent force in the international theme park space, and we’re thrilled that includes stepping up to support TEA and the Thea Awards. We welcome Chimelong’s generous support for TEA’s biggest event of the year. This alliance is a symbol of international collaboration that will continue to characterize the themed entertainment industry as it grows globally.” #TEAtheas

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Videos below:

  1. TEA acknowledges presenting sponsor Chimelong at the 2018 TEA Thea Awards Gala
  2. Chimelong accepts TEA Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement for Journey of Lights Parade

 

 

 

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