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Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium Welcomes 75,000 Visitors Opening Week

Advanced Reservations and Walk-Up Tickets Still Available

Atlanta, GA (November 29, 2005) – In the first week of operation, the Georgia Aquarium welcomed more than 75,000 visitors through its doors. Visitors with an advanced reservation and a printed confirmation e-mail entered the aquarium swiftly. Currently, advanced reservation tickets are available everyday, however week-ends are going fast. While an advanced reservation with a printed confirmation is the fastest way to enter the aquarium, walk-up tickets are available for any day. Advanced reservations are highly recommended for week-end visits. More than 100,000 individuals have become members of the Georgia Aquarium Annual Pass Program. This week the Georgia Aquarium has xxx the capacity to the website www.georgiaaquarium.org and more than doubled the size of the call center (404 581 4000). Due to extensive national and international interest, the Georgia Aquarium's website and call center were unable to accommodate everyone. The website served up millions of web pages during opening week to more than 150,000 unique visitors per day. The Georgia Aquarium will continue to add capacity to the website and call center in order to reach the highest level of customer service. For additional information, e-mail media@georgiaaquarium.org or call Dave Santucci 404 581 4106 or Meghann Gibbons 404 581 4109. ABOUT THE GEORGIA AQUARIUM The Georgia Aquarium opened in Atlanta, Georgia on November 23, 2005, as the world's largest aquarium. With more than 8 million gallons of marine and fresh water, and more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species, the Georgia Aquarium is a gift to the people of Georgia from Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot, and his wife Billi, through the Marcus Foundation. The Aquarium will be overseen by a nonprofit corporation run by a board of directors. The mission of the Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibitions and programs of the highest standards, offering engaging and entertaining visitors' experiences, and promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Additional information on the Georgia Aquarium can be found at www.georgiaaquarium.org.