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Orlando Magic and GoPegasus “Art on Wheels” Partnership Launches During U.S. Travel Association’s IPW in Orlando

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Travel trade show attendees will tour destination inside a “moving canvas” custom-designed by internationally renowned Brazilian illustrator Mauro Souza in “Art on Wheels”

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 1, 2022) – The Orlando Magic and premier travel and transportation planning company GoPegasus are joining forces to promote Central Florida’s nonprofit arts and cultural industry to global travel industry professionals and regional visitors and residents in a way that will “move” them – literally. GoPegasus’ innovative “Art on Wheels” program converts 61-passenger luxury buses into “roving canvases” showcasing the works of locally based and internationally renowned artists.Attendees to U.S. Travel Association’s IPW 2022, to be held June 4-8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, will be the first passengers transported in the newest custom-adorned motor coach in the “Art on Wheels” program before it joins others in GoPegasus’ fleet serving global customers. IPW, the world’s leading inbound travel trade show, showcases U.S. suppliers of USA travel products and destinations and attracts international and domestic travel buyers and journalists representing more than 70 countries.GoPegasus and the Orlando Magic commissioned award-winning, renown Brazilian illustrator and architect, Mauro Souza, whose works have appeared in the country’s leading magazines and newspapers. The prolific artist has also illustrated children’s books for publishers such as Globo; was awarded at Anima Mundi Festival for his animated short film A Roda (“The Wheel”); opened the first Brazilian gallery for illustrations; and published three comic books – all in addition to his primary job as art director for  Maurício de Sousa Produções, the company responsible for the production of comics and cartoons, the creation and development of characters, product licensing, and all other projects related to the characters created by Mauricio de Sousa such as “Turma da Monica” (Monica and Friends), for whom he has worked since 1998.“The Orlando Magic are thrilled to partner with GoPegasus and the “Art on Wheels” program,” said Magic Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations Chris D’Orso. “The Magic take great pride in showcasing all that makes our city unique, and the amazing artists bring that to life for both residents and visitors alike. With the team’s strong international presence and partnership in the tourism community, we’re honored to be a small part of this project and to have an illustrator like Mauro represent us on one of the buses.”GoPegasus Vice President and 2016 Orlando Business Journal Executive of the Year Claudia Menezes added, “We are honored to partner with the Orlando Magic and grateful for their support of our mission as we come back even stronger from the global pandemic. For more than 28 years, our travel and transportation planning company has cared passionately about the arts community. We developed ‘Art on Wheels’ as a natural extension of our company’s commitment to our community, clients, excellence and innovation. When the arts thrive, we all thrive.”Said Souza, “I have great affection for the city of Orlando, where I’ve spent happy and fun times with my family. As a big NBA fan, the invitation to participate in ‘Art on Wheels,’ an action that involves the Orlando Magic, was very exciting for me. My expectations for this project are huge.”IPW attendees can meet with GoPegasus team members in Booth #1804 and the Orlando Magic in Booth #1802 during regular show hours.

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About the Orlando Magic

Orlando’s NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic’s mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. Under the DeVos family’s ownership, the Magic have seen great success in a relatively short history, winning six division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2019) with seven 50-plus win seasons and capturing the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise and grants. Orlando Magic community relations programs impact an estimated 100,000 kids each year, while a Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 7,000 volunteer hours annually. In addition, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) which serves at-risk youth, has distributed more than $27 million to local nonprofit community organizations over the last 32 years. The Magic’s other entities include the team’s NBA G League affiliate, the 2021 G League champion Lakeland Magic, which began play in the 2017-18 season in nearby Lakeland, Fla.; the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL, which serves as the affiliate to the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning; and Magic Gaming, of the NBA 2K League, which began play in the spring of 2018. The Magic play their home games at the award-winning Amway Center, honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year. For ticket information log on to OrlandoMagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC.About GoPegasus

Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, GoPegasus is a premier travel and transportation planning leader, setting the gold standard for quality and service for 28 years. Since 1994, GoPegasus has delivered the highest level of safe, clean and reliable transportation services in its hometown and throughout the Sunshine State to domestic and global group planning professionals. GoPegasus also serves as a DMC (Destination Management Company), leveraging its extensive knowledge, expertise and resources in hotels, attractions, dining and more to deliver one-stop, stress-free planning and logistical support for stellar events, activities, tours, transportation and programs. Founded and led by award-winning travel experts, GoPegasus’ services are further differentiated by the company’s fleet of 61-passenger luxury buses – the largest such fleet in Florida –and proprietary Wings app for mobile devices, putting cost savings and up-to-the-minute GPS tracking and other beneficial functions in the hands of group travel planners. For more information, visit GoPegasus.com. Follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. #gopegasus #artonwheelsflorida


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Meaghan Branham

Meaghan Branham is the managing editor for i4 Business, where she oversees the company’s digital media strategy, handles client relationship marketing for the print and digital magazines, and serves as one of the publication’s lead writers. A native of Brevard County, she splits her time between Central Florida and Nashville, Tennessee.

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