Travel Industry Association Kicks Off 2001 International POW WOW With Opening Night Gala at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Delaware North Parks Services

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The international
 kaleidoscope of tourism will come face-to-face with America's space program
 during the Travel Industry Association's (TIA) 2001 International POW WOW
 Legacy Event, hosted by Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on May 5,
 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.  This dinner is the opening event for POW WOW, America's top
 tourism travel and trade showcase, which is being held in Orlando this year.
     During this kick-off celebration, more than 3,500 of the industry's
 leading buyers, sellers and journalists will experience their very own space
 odyssey.  After a spectacular evening view of the space shuttle launch pads,
 Legacy Event guests will be transported to the critically acclaimed
 Apollo/Saturn V Center, where they will relive the excitement of the first
 manned Saturn V rocket launch and of man's first steps on the moon.  Guests
 may also meet and take photographs with Gemini and Apollo Astronauts Buzz
 Aldrin and Gene Cernan; Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Astronaut Wally Schirra, as
 well as space shuttle astronauts John Blaha and Sam Durrance.
     Although the moonwalkers ate meals out of plastic tubes, Legacy Event
 guests will fare much better with a delectable meal prepared by the Visitor
 Complex's French executive chef.  And, they will dance the night away with the
 soulful sounds of Grammy award-winning musical guests The Commodores.
     "Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is delighted to host the Legacy
 Event for International POW WOW," said Rick Abramson, president and COO of
 Delaware North Parks Services of Spaceport, Inc., operator of Kennedy Space
 Center Visitor Complex.  "The Legacy Event enables us to share the richness of
 America's space program and the diversity of the Florida Space Coast's tourism
 offerings with travel buyers, sellers and journalists from all over the
 world."
     To satisfy journalists' appetite for more space information, Kennedy Space
 Center Visitor Complex is also hosting a POW WOW media familiarization tour on
 May 6, 2001.  On their tour of restricted areas, journalists will see
 components of the newest star on the horizon -- the International Space
 Station -- being prepared for launch and see space shuttle launch pads.
     Proceeds from the 2001 International POW WOW Legacy Event will benefit a
 Central Florida Habitat for Humanity building project. Sponsors for the Legacy
 Event at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex are American Airlines, American
 Express, Avis, Coach USA, Visit Florida and Wyndham International.  Co-hosts
 include the City of Titusville, Kodak, Melbourne (Fla.) Airport, Port of
 Canaveral, Ramada Inn Oceanfront and the Space Coast Office of Tourism.
     Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open 9 a.m. to approximately dusk
 every day except December 25 and certain launch days. Kennedy Space Center
 Visitor Complex is located 45 minutes east of Orlando, Fla. For more
 information, call 321/449-4444 or visit the Web site at
 http://www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
 
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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The international
 kaleidoscope of tourism will come face-to-face with America's space program
 during the Travel Industry Association's (TIA) 2001 International POW WOW
 Legacy Event, hosted by Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on May 5,
 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.  This dinner is the opening event for POW WOW, America's top
 tourism travel and trade showcase, which is being held in Orlando this year.
     During this kick-off celebration, more than 3,500 of the industry's
 leading buyers, sellers and journalists will experience their very own space
 odyssey.  After a spectacular evening view of the space shuttle launch pads,
 Legacy Event guests will be transported to the critically acclaimed
 Apollo/Saturn V Center, where they will relive the excitement of the first
 manned Saturn V rocket launch and of man's first steps on the moon.  Guests
 may also meet and take photographs with Gemini and Apollo Astronauts Buzz
 Aldrin and Gene Cernan; Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Astronaut Wally Schirra, as
 well as space shuttle astronauts John Blaha and Sam Durrance.
     Although the moonwalkers ate meals out of plastic tubes, Legacy Event
 guests will fare much better with a delectable meal prepared by the Visitor
 Complex's French executive chef.  And, they will dance the night away with the
 soulful sounds of Grammy award-winning musical guests The Commodores.
     "Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is delighted to host the Legacy
 Event for International POW WOW," said Rick Abramson, president and COO of
 Delaware North Parks Services of Spaceport, Inc., operator of Kennedy Space
 Center Visitor Complex.  "The Legacy Event enables us to share the richness of
 America's space program and the diversity of the Florida Space Coast's tourism
 offerings with travel buyers, sellers and journalists from all over the
 world."
     To satisfy journalists' appetite for more space information, Kennedy Space
 Center Visitor Complex is also hosting a POW WOW media familiarization tour on
 May 6, 2001.  On their tour of restricted areas, journalists will see
 components of the newest star on the horizon -- the International Space
 Station -- being prepared for launch and see space shuttle launch pads.
     Proceeds from the 2001 International POW WOW Legacy Event will benefit a
 Central Florida Habitat for Humanity building project. Sponsors for the Legacy
 Event at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex are American Airlines, American
 Express, Avis, Coach USA, Visit Florida and Wyndham International.  Co-hosts
 include the City of Titusville, Kodak, Melbourne (Fla.) Airport, Port of
 Canaveral, Ramada Inn Oceanfront and the Space Coast Office of Tourism.
     Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open 9 a.m. to approximately dusk
 every day except December 25 and certain launch days. Kennedy Space Center
 Visitor Complex is located 45 minutes east of Orlando, Fla. For more
 information, call 321/449-4444 or visit the Web site at
 http://www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
 
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