The Polynesian Cultural Center’s (PCC) dedication to enhancing the guest experience with arts and culture has resulted in being awarded one of the attraction industry’s highest honors, a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement. Presented by the Themed Entertainment Association, the Thea Awards, now in its 20th year, is considered the entertainment and attraction industry’s highest honour and recognizes excellence in the creation of outstanding guest experiences.

The PCC is one of only 13 attractions worldwide to earn Thea Awards. PCC’s Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement is a tribute to its new Hawaiian Journey cinematic presentation and re-design of the Gateway restaurant. The recipients will be honoured at a special awards gala at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim on April 5, 2014.

“It’s a tremendous honour to win the Thea Award and see the Polynesian Cultural Center placed alongside some of the biggest names in the global entertainment and attractions industry,” said Alfred Grace, PCC’s president and CEO. “We’ve been putting a great deal of energy into revitalizing our guest experiences and facilities to better showcase the diverse cultures and people of Hawaii and the rest of Polynesia.”

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the PCC is scheduled to complete more than $100 million in experiential and facility improvements by the end of 2014, of which the introduction of Hawaiian Journey and the re-designed Gateway restaurant have been key to this overall effort. (http://www.Polynesia.com)