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Cartoon Network Amazone off to winning start

- Waterpark praised by Thailand’s tourism minister; wins WWA Leading Edge Award 2014 -

BANG SARAY, THAILAND (November 12, 2014) – Just one month after its official opening, Cartoon Network Amazone has been awarded the prestigious Leading Edge Award 2014 at the World Waterpark Association’s Symposium & Trade Show Awards in Las Vegas. Thailand’s tourism minister also praised the new project, saying that the park is perfectly aligned with the country’s tourism strategy for 2015.

Opened on October 3, Cartoon Network Amazone is the first ever Cartoon Network-themed waterpark, located in Bang Saray, close to Pattaya in Thailand. WWA’s board recognized that that the unique park, this year’s most anticipated opening, created a lot of buzz throughout the world and made waves in the industry.

The special award recognizes park and supplier members, who through their combined efforts, have brought a project to fruition, thereby creating industry innovation and leadership. WWA also praised Cartoon Network Amazone for its many innovative design styles and themes, including the interactive nature of rides as well as attractions not seen before in the waterpark industry.

Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, sent her congratulations to Cartoon Network Amazone on receiving the award. “This is a great opportunity to regain trust for the tourism industry in Thailand. It also coincides with the strategic plan to promote Thai tourism in 2015, which will emphasize transparency, spreading revenue, lessening social inequalities, and inspiring a love for their homeland among younger generations. These strategies are designed to build a new image for Thailand to help it become a high quality tourist destination. Thank you Cartoon Network Amazone and associates for believing in the Kingdom and choosing to invest in the first themed waterpark in Thailand.”

On hand to receive the award was Liakat Dhanji, Chairman of Amazon Falls, the developer of Cartoon Network Amazone. "We are honored to receive the Leading Edge award for our efforts. Our dreams of building Thailand's first international theme park would not have been possible without the faith of Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, who allowed us to build a permanent home for the beloved characters of Cartoon Network, and our brilliant team of designers who worked in collaboration with waterslide manufacturers Polin Waterparks," he said.

“Turner Broadcasting is very proud that the world’s first Cartoon Network-themed waterpark has opened in Thailand and is already winning prestigious awards. My congratulations go to the Amazon Falls management team and everyone at Turner who has made this unique project come to life,” added Ricky Ow, President of Turner Asia Pacific.

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About Cartoon Network Amazone

Cartoon Network Amazone is Cartoon Network’s first and only fully-branded waterpark. Located in Bang Saray, 15 kilometres south of Pattaya on the Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard, the development comprises 10 themed entertainment zones spanning a generous 35 rai (14 acres), each one offering an array of exhilarating water coasters and attractions. The waterpark also features captivating live and multimedia entertainment that incorporates the latest in interactive technology – bringing fans of Cartoon Network closer to their favorite characters than ever before. Cartoon Network Amazone takes its theme from the lush Amazon Rainforest while infusing the world’s most popular animated series and cartoon heroes including Ben 10, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo and The Amazing World of Gumball. Cartoon Network Amazone is developed by Thailand-based attractions developer Amazon Falls Co. Ltd. under license from Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc.

About Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific

Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. creates and distributes award-winning brands throughout the Asia Pacific region and beyond. A leader in the television and media business, it runs pay- and free-TV channels, as well as Internet-based services, including 45 channels in 13 languages in 38 countries throughout Asia Pacific. Turner's leading brands in the region include CNN International, CNNj, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Cartoonito, Boomerang, POGO, Toonami, WarnerTV, Oh!K, TCM Turner Classic Movies, truTV, WB, MondoTV and TABI Channel. In addition, Turner is also the exclusive distributor of HBO, HBO Hits HD and HBO Defined HD in South Asia. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. is a Time Warner company.

About World Water Park Association:

The World Waterpark Association is an international not-for-profit organization whose primary purpose is to further safety and profitability in the waterpark industry. The WWA Awards are presented to companies and professionals representing both the newest ideas in waterpark products and services, plus those proven performers that have brought the industry through the years.

For more information please visit:

www.CartoonNetworkAmazone.com

www.facebook.com/CNAmazone

www.youtube.com/CNAmazone.com

For media enquiries:

For Amazon Falls/Cartoon Network Amazone in Thailand:

natsuporn@cartoonnetworkamazone.com and judi@cartoonnetworkamazone.com +66 38237707

For Turner International Asia Pacific/Cartoon Network in Hong Kong:

James Moore james.moore@turner.com +852 3128-3720