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PGAV Destinations’ Clients Top 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

PGAV Destinations’ Clients Top 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens among World’s Favorites

We are thrilled to announce that many of our long-standing clients topped TripAdvisor’s 2016 Traveler’s Choice Awards.

“Established in 2002, Travelers’ Choice awards are the highest honor TripAdvisor can bestow. The only travel industry awards based on millions of reviews and opinions from travelers around the world, these annual awards reflect “the best of the best” for service, quality, and customer satisfaction.” – TripAdvisor

According to the travel review site, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) is one of the top ten museums in the United States.

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After implementing a PGAV Destinations master plan and numerous, new entry experiences, KSCVC opened the PGAV-designed, award-winning Space Shuttle Atlantis in the summer of 2013.




The Atlantis exhibit is awesome, amazing, phenomenal, incredible, and every other adjective you can think of. I was so moved when the back light revealed the shuttle behind the screen I thought I might burst into tears. Whoever designed the exhibit deserves a medal. Your first view of Atlantis is nothing short of moving.” DeerBio, Tripadvisor

For United States Attractions, Discovery Cove remains in the top three, after placing first in 2015. Opened in 2000, Discovery Cove is an award-winning, one-of-kind experience in Orlando where guests can touch and swim with dolphins, wade with mysterious rays, snorkel among thousands of exotic fish, hand-feed tropical birds in a free-flight aviary, and relax on pristine beaches.


SeaWorld Orlando and San Diego rate in the top 20 attractions across America. SeaWorld Destinations welcomed more than 22 million guests in 2015, and offer a unique blend of world class rides and attractions with innovative and state-of-the-art aquatic animal habitats and exhibits.

Busch Gardens Tampa and Busch Gardens Williamsburg also rate in the top 20 of United States Attractions, according to TripAdvisor. Opening in the spring of 1975, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is nestled in the scenic Virginian woods, recreating 17th Century villages from England, Ireland, Germany, France, and Italy, all offering immersive shows, rides, dining, and retail. The park marks PGAV Destinations’ first fully master planned and designed theme park. Busch Gardens Tampa, home to numerous world-record-setting attractions, provides a wide variety of exhibits, rides, and live shows featuring more than 12,000 animals representing 320 species, many of which are endangered. The Park evokes the mystery, excitement, dramatic natural settings, and cultural richness of Africa.

Four fantastic destinations also topped TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Attractions in the World. In addition to its top-three domestic rating, Discovery Cove was also rated top three in the world, while SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa remained in the top 20 attractions global, in addition to their domestic rating. PGAV Destinations’ first international, fully master planned and designed theme park, PortAventura, remains in the top 20 attractions in the world as well. Opened in 1995, PortAventura is the largest destination resort in the Mediterranean and the first in Southern Europe. It offers 39 rides, more than 100 daily shows, 48 restaurants, 31 shops, a dedicated kids’ area, and an aquatic park, all evoking the Mediterranean, Polynesia, the Far West, China, and Mexico. The park announced earlier this year the opening of a brand new node, Ferrari Land, coming later this year.

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