Jean-Michel Cousteau, Body Glove, And GES Announce Sponsorship Opportunities For New Project, Ocean Explorers

February 12, 2013 (Santa Barbara, CA)
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Themed attractions and trade show expert Global Experience Specialists (GES), in partnership with legendary ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and respected water-sports company Body Glove, announced sponsorship opportunities for an in-development, educational touring exhibition, Ocean Explorers. Levels of participation include Partner, Sponsor, and Supplier, and will include multi-year and multi-dimensional alliances with the exhibition and the creators. For more information, please contact Lisa O'Keefe, director of partner development for GES, at lokeefe@ges.com.

Ocean Explorers is expected to attract nearly 2 million visitors during a five-year, 15-market tour, and generate in excess of 200 million impressions in leading national, regional and local media. All levels of participation will receive recognition with official designation on promotional materials, including websites, banners, billboards, at-venue signage, and customized press kit materials.

"Any organization that supports conservation and education can benefit from this sponsorship, by being part of an extraordinary and historic exhibition dedicated to ocean education, preservation and protection," said Eddie Newquist, chief creative officer for GES. "It's our goal to drive environmental awareness in a fun and interactive way to people all over North America--through schools and communities--in an effort to encourage visitors to take action in their own neighborhoods."

Through Ocean Explorers' unique interactive elements, guests can learn how ocean ecosystems are interconnected with all life on Earth. Visitors are reminded of the immense beauty, power and fragility of the waters encircling the planet, and are inspired to protect the world's greatest natural resource and make a difference in their communities--a difference that can impact our planet for generations.

Guests can take a virtual journey in a deep-sea submersible to a depth of 11,000 meters into the deepest corners of the ocean. In addition to learning about environmental awareness and protection, visitors can also gain an understanding of key oceanographic concepts such as density, pressure, buoyancy, temperature, and gravity waves. The role of technology and breakthrough advancements that paved the way for extreme underwater exploration are also presented, including Jacques Cousteau's invention of the Aqualung and Body Glove's innovative wetsuit designs.

"This exhibit will give guests a unique opportunity to have fun, to be entertained, to make discoveries and take on ocean adventures," says Jean-Michel Cousteau, chairman of the board and president of Ocean Futures Society.

About Ocean Futures Society
Ocean Futures Society (OFS) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. With the motto, “Protect the ocean and you protect yourself.” The mission of OFS is to explore our global ocean, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the ocean's vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet. OFS is based in Santa Barbara, California, with offices in Paris, France; Lucca, Italy; and São Paulo, Brazil. For more information, visit www.oceanfutures.org.

About GES
Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), a Viad Corp company, is a leading marketing agency that produces exhibitions, events, exhibits and retail environments. GES provides a wide range of services, including turnkey official show services, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services--all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including the International CES, Spring Fair Birmingham, International Woodworking Fair, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, Bell Helicopter, Genzyme, L'Oreal, Warner Bros., and Simon Property Group. GES' National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Programâ" for the past four years, and for the third year in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the "World's 50 Largest Agency Companies." For more information, visit ges.com or the GES blog.

About Body Glove
Founded in 1953, Body Glove is a leading, worldwide water sports brand specializing in wetsuits, swimwear, clothing, footwear, accessories, and technology accessories. The company sponsors one of the most respected surf and wakeboard teams in the industry with such powerhouse names as pro surfers Jamie O'Brien, Cheyne Magnusson, Anthony Walsh, Alex Gray and Holly Beck and wake boarders Rusty Malinoski, Harley Clifford, Bob Soven and Jeff McKee. Body Glove and Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society have formed a legendary alliance to help preserve and protect the ocean while providing ocean and diving geared equipment to water enthusiasts around the globe. Some of the proceeds from the sale of those products go directly to Ocean Futures Society. Through Reef Check, SIMA's environmental fund, and the Surfrider Foundation, Body Glove also works to preserve the purity of the waters it loves. Body Glove products are sold in the U.S. by a network of independent retailers. Body Glove is also sold in approximately 50 countries internationally.