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Michael D. Eisner To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Michael D. Eisner, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, will be honored with the ALIS Lifetime Achievement Award at the 5th Annual Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS). Eisner will receive award in recognition of The Walt Disney Company’s accomplishments in the lodging and tourism industries, and Mr. Eisner’s commitment, leadership, and service to his many philanthropic interests.

A major contributor to the entertainment and lodging industries, Eisner assumed his current position in 1984 and immediately implemented a number of successful growth strategies. In 1984, Disney had only four hotels with 2,500 guest rooms, and now has 36 hotels, including Disney Vacation Clubs, with more than 35,000 guest rooms.

In addition to his duties at The Walt Disney Company, Eisner serves on the boards of the California Institute of the Arts, Denison University, American Hospital of Paris Foundation, the Yale School of Architecture Dean’s Council, Aspen Institute, and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, and is a member of The Business Council. In 1996, he and his wife Jane established and funded The Eisner Foundation, a philanthropic organization that helps improve and enrich the lives of underserved children. The Eisner Foundation gives approximately $7 million per year to non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas of Southern California.

“Michael has developed an incredible company that has made a huge difference to travel and tourism throughout the world, said Jim Burba, ALIS Conference Chair. “Under his leadership, Disney not only has developed a large and significant hotel company, but in the development of its world-renowned theme parks, it also has stimulated new tourism demand around the world and created countless opportunities for others in the travel and tourism industry. He is an incredible business leader and truly deserving of this prestigious award from our industry.”

the 5th Annual Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), January 23-25, 2006 will take place at The Westin Century Plaza Hotel & Spa in Los Angeles, California.