ARC Sponsors Tourism Cares Coney Island Cleanup Efforts

Event Continues Recovery Work after Hurricane Sandy's Destruction

May 23, 2013, 14:47 ET from ARC

ARLINGTON, Va., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ARC announced today that it is a corporate sponsor of a Tourism Cares event focused on restoring Coney Island and Jamaica Bay following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Lauri Reishus, ARC vice president and chief operating officer, will represent ARC as a cleanup volunteer at the event, which takes place May 30-31, 2013.

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"The financial success of ARC's primary customers – travel agencies and carriers – is very directly tied to the overall health and preservation of travel destinations such as Coney Island," stated Reishus. "But we also define success by our community service around the country and at home through sponsorships and volunteering. Hurricane Sandy was a catastrophe for the Northeast and we're grateful to Tourism Cares for providing vital opportunities such as this and for allowing us to participate."

During the Coney Island event, thousands of local, regional, and global travel industry volunteers will paint benches, light posts, and trash cans, as well as participate in beach cleanup and dune preservation projects along Fort Tilden Beach. Grants will also be awarded to selected tourism related sites that have suffered losses attributed to Hurricane Sandy.

About ARC:

ARC powers the U.S.-based travel network with premier business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and financial management tools, and powerful data analytics. Nearly 14,000 travel agencies and 190 airlines use ARC's settlement services, which in 2012 totaled more than $84 billion. As the industry's gold standard of accreditation, ARC allows participating agencies and carriers to focus on what's important – increasing their revenue. Established in 1984, ARC is headquartered in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit

About Tourism Cares

Tourism Cares, a 501c(3) non-profit public charity that benefits society by preserving the travel experience for future generations by awarding grants to natural, cultural and historic sites worldwide; by focusing on workforce development through our student programs which provide support from classroom to career; and by organizing volunteer efforts to restore tourism related sites in need of care and rejuvenation. For additional information, or to contribute to Tourism Cares, visit

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