TORONTO, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The TORONTO 2015 Games are taking flight
with the help of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which is joining its
sponsorship family with Toronto Pearson International Airport becoming
the Official Welcome Partner and Official Supplier of Airport Services
for the Games.
In this role, Canada's largest airport will warmly welcome the tens of
thousands of athletes, spectators, media and dignitaries from the 41
Pan American countries coming to take part in the largest multi-sport
Games, ever hosted in this country.
"We are delighted to join the Pan Am team as the Official Welcome
Partner of the Games. Toronto Pearson is looking forward to supporting
athletes and guests alike, and welcoming them to the GTA for this great
event," said Pamela Griffith-Jones, vice president of guest and
terminal services for the GTAA.
"We understand our role as the first and last impression of the region
for air travellers. So we are pleased to partner with the TORONTO 2015
Games to help create wonderful memories from the time our visitors'
planes touch down until they return home to countries throughout the
Americas and Caribbean," she continued.
Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga) was on hand today for the
announcement at Toronto Pearson, along with Michael Chan, Ontario
Minister Responsible for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and Chief
Executive Officer for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
Organizing Committee (TO2015), Ian Troop.
The airport will be a critical component for the operational success of
the Games. Last year, almost 35 million travellers passed through
Pearson, including close to 12 million international visitors. On a
typical day, the airport sees about 95,000 guests travelling to and
from more than 180 cities worldwide and is well positioned to handle
the extra traffic at Games time.
As Official Welcome Partner of the Games, Toronto Pearson will have
brand ambassadors on site in the summer of 2015 to provide a welcoming
celebratory atmosphere for athletes and visitors. The airport will,
along with TO2015 and other sponsors, bring the Games to life at
Toronto Pearson through mascot appearances, retail space for Games
merchandise, culture and art display spaces highlighting the Greater
Toronto Area (GTA) and a special area where athletes, officials and
dignitaries can receive their Games accreditation.
"The airport will be the gateway to the Games for the majority of the
athletes coming here to compete in 766 days," said Ian Troop. "Our
partnership with Toronto Pearson will ensure these athletes — as well
as up to tens of thousands of visitors — have a great experience from
the moment they arrive to the time they leave in 2015. Our goal is to
create unforgettable memories that have people planning their return to
Canada and Ontario before they even leave!"
Toronto Pearson International Airport joins previously announced members
of the TORONTO 2015 sponsor family: Lead Partner CIBC, Premier Partners
Chevrolet Canada and CISCO, as well as Official Suppliers Pattison
Outdoor Advertising, FUSE Marketing Group and the Toronto Star, and
Official Broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada.
"The 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games will contribute to
economic growth and long-lasting prosperity for the region and the rest
of our country," said Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal. "Our
Government is pleased the GTAA will play an official role in this
unique international event. This will ensure our countless visitors
experience the warmest and friendliest greeting when they set foot on
"Hosting the 2015 Games is truly a team effort and we are proud to have
the Greater Toronto Airports Authority join us as we prepare to host
the largest international games ever held on Canadian soil," said
Michael Chan, Ontario's Minister responsible for the Pan/Parapan
American Games. "Ontario's support for the Games is strengthened by
our partners ensuring we maximize positive economic benefits, develop
world-class sporting infrastructure and firmly place Ontario on the
world map as a premier sporting destination come 2015 and beyond."
"It is great to have the GTAA as a partner for the Pan Am/Parapan Am
Games," said Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion. "There is no doubt that
Mississauga, home to Toronto Pearson, the country's busiest airport,
has a key role in welcoming the athletes, coaches and their families to
this competition. The GTAA is a valued partner and great corporate
About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is the operator of Toronto
Pearson International Airport, the largest airport in Canada and one of
the largest in North America in terms of passenger and air cargo
traffic. In 2012, Toronto Pearson handled 35 million passengers. The
focus of the GTAA continues to be on competitiveness, growing the
airport's status as an international gateway, meeting the needs of our
travellers and ensuring the long-term success of the organization, our
airline customers and the regional economy.
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015)
is tasked with the responsibility of planning, managing and delivering
the Games. Its mission is to ignite the spirit through a celebration of
sport and culture. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place
July 10−26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14.
The 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of
Ontario, as well as other partners and sponsors. CIBC is the Lead
Partner of the Games.
For more information about the Games, please visit toronto2015.org.
SOURCE: Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
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