by Melissa Oviedo, TEA International Board President
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the posts about the International Board Executive Committee’s trip to the Asia Pacific Division and Europe & Middle East Division. Previously, I’ve discussed the trip’s goals, our discussion at the U.S. Consulate and the Department of Commerce, and our visits to Hong Kong Disneyland, Universal Studios Beijing, and SeaWorld Abu Dhabi. We also had a post by TEA International Board Secretary, Evi Sari, about our time with Chimelong!
Like I stated in my first post, the goals for this trip were determined by TEA’s core values – Connection, Creativity, Inclusivity, Thought Leadership, Innovation, and Celebrating Excellence. The primary focus was to reaffirm TEA’s commitment to the Asia Pacific Division and its partners. The essence of these values permeated every interaction, every revelation, and every collaboration we encountered.
In a post-pandemic world, the delegation aimed to showcase the industry's resilience and innovation during challenging times. This trip was not just about witnessing the developments in these vibrant regions. It was an affirmation of the collaborative spirit that defines our industry.
Our delegation aimed to put TEA back into spaces where our members live, work, and play, but on a global scale. The journey was a testament to the expansive reach of our industry and the impact it has on diverse communities worldwide.
Our trip was also a celebration alongside the achievements and resilience displayed by our members in China and Hong Kong. Despite the hardship they faced throughout the pandemic and beyond, the spirit of creation and innovation persisted.
The success of TEA and the success of the developments in China are intertwined—a result of collaboration that extends beyond borders. Our delegation showcased that no singular entity, idea, or effort can create greatness. It takes a collaboration of people, minds, cultures, and experiences to build something truly extraordinary.
This journey served as a great reminder as to why TEA was created. We exist to foster collaboration, to create, and to innovate. The journey through China and Hong Kong and the connections we made was an embodiment of this purpose.
Thank you to our incredible members who made this trip happen: Chimelong, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Universal Destinations & Experiences.