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Michael Colglazier to Receive Orange County Visitors Association Chairman’s Award

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Disneyland Resort President honored for efforts impacting the region's tourism industry 

IRVINE, Calif. - The Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA) announced today Michael Colglazier, president of Disneyland Resort, will receive the organization's Chairman's Award, to be presented at the 8th Annual OC Tourism Conference at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on May 2, 2016. The Chairman's Award recognizes individuals whose innovation, creativity and outstanding efforts have contributed significantly to the growth of tourism within Orange County, one of the nation's most visited travel destinations.

"Michael Colglazier's leadership and hard work have enhanced not only our tourism efforts here in Orange County -- including our global initiatives -- but have also added to the expansion of Visit California's mandate," says OCVA President and CEO Ed Fuller. "We are proud to honor him, and are grateful for his many contributions."

One such contribution was the role Colglazier played in bringing Star Wars-themed land to Anaheim; the move is expected to boost visitation and tourism spending, which grew 13 percent after the opening of Cars Land in 2012. Colglazier also spearheaded the move against the entertainment tax, and in 2015 oversaw the wildly successful Diamond Celebration, honoring the resort's 60th anniversary.

A 26-year veteran with The Walt Disney Company, Colglazier now directs Orange County's largest workforce, with 29,000 employees spread across two theme parks, three hotels, and a downtown shopping district. He is active in the local community and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Children's Hospital of Orange County. He is also a commissioner and member of the executive committee for the California Travel and Tourism Commission. Beginning July 1, 2016, Colglazier will serve as chair of the Chief Executive Roundtable for the University of California Irvine.

About Orange County Visitors Association
The Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA) is a non-profit organization representing a wide variety of local tourism- related organizations, including accommodations, arts & culture venues, attractions, chambers of commerce, convention & visitor bureaus, retail & shopping centers, restaurants, transportation providers and visitor services. The primary goal of the OCVA is to brand Orange County (The OC) as a premier vacation destination. Learn more at

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