To better serve our members in Europe, Middle East and Africa, IAAPA has opened up an office in Brussels, Belgium. With this initiative IAAPA is committed to creating a full service association in the region, offering monitoring, advising, lobbying and public relations-services as well as latest knowledge & education on ride safety, industry data and best practices amongst members. On top of this IAAPA organizes the Euro Attractions Show – the premier industry trade show in Europe.

In Europe, the association is guided by the European Advisory Committee and four subcommittees including Education, Government Relations, Manufacturers & Suppliers, and Safety. Together with the Advisory Committee, they discuss, support, and guide the work of IAAPA. They are comprised of volunteers from IAAPA member companies from all across Europe.

Since 2015 the IAAPA Europe office also represents the Middle-East and Africa markets resulting in a name change IAAPA EMEA.

Please click here to see an overview of the committees and a list of committee members for 2015.


IAAPA membership will help your entire team discover new ways to improve performance, increase efficiency, and positively impact your bottom line. We offer affordable resources and benefits for your business including: education, safety and advocacy, worldwide expos, information and communications.

No matter what your role in the industry, IAAPA EMEA serves its members with resources and benefits designed to support your business.

IAAPA represents more than 4,750 facility, supplier, manufacturer, and individual members from more than 93 countries.  We provide members of all sizes and scopes with the tools and resources they need to succeed in the attractions business. Your partnership with IAAPA EMEA will help you create unique guest experiences, improve performance, and strengthen your bottom line.

Are you interested in becoming an IAAPA EMEA Member? Please download the Membership Application Form and send it to EMEA@IAAPA.org.

Euro Attractions Show 2015

Be a part of Europe’s premier event for the industry, The Euro Attractions Show 2015 from 6 – 8 October, 2015. The event will take place at the Svenska Mässan, The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, in Gothenburg, Sweden. The convention center is located right next to Liseberg, one of the finest parks in Europe.

Visit the largest trade show for the industry in Europe, discover innovative products and services from more than 425 companies, improve your business, taking advantage of the networking events, and develop your professional skills attending a large range of educational programmes, forums, and tours.

Visit the event page for more information here.  

IAAPA EMEA Government Relations Event 2015

On Tuesday June 30 2015, IAAPA EMEA organized a conference day in Brussels 'Making the Digital Single Market Work for Tourism.' The event took place at the Sofitel Brussels Le Louise Hotel.
The event discussed the Digital SIngle Market packet launched by the European Commission in May 2015. Through three panel discussions we discussed how we achieve a balanced regulatory environment in respect of digital, the role that big data can play in enhancing the tourism experience and the opportunities and risks presented by social media engagement. 

Click here to download the event program.

IAAPA EMEA promotes amusement parks and attractions as drivers of regional tourism

During the lunch event hosted by MEP Fidanza in the European Parliament on 19th March, IAAPA successfully addressed a high-level audience of policy makers and industry representatives involved in EU tourism policy, championing amusement parks amongst key stakeholders within EU tourism policy.
Karen Staley moderated the lunch event highlighting the significant investment constantly undertaken by the amusement parks and attraction sector, contributing to job creation and EU growth. The role of amusement parks in the fields of investment, innovation, job creation and skills and training was also part of the discussion

At the end of the event, Francesca Tudini, underlined the importance of amusement parks in ensuring that Europe remains a thriving tourist destination and gave the audience an update on the Commission’s current initiatives and activities in the field of the EU tourism policy.
The event was attended by several members of the European parliament, industry representatives, regional representations and commission officials.

Government Relations

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for more information on the various subjects or go directly to this month's hot topics


Economic Impact Study

VAT Study

Accomodation safety

European tourism policy

Pregnant workers

European bathing-water report

Safety Standards

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Industry Data

Click here for the 2014 study of the economic impact of the theme-and amusement park industry in Europe.


Stay on top of the latest news and industry trends. FUNWORLD is the attractions industry’s leading monthly magazine and your subscription is free with IAAPA membership. News Flash is a daily e-mail service translated into 11 languages, which delivers all the important industry headlines from around the world. And the electronic IAAPA News Flash Extra: EMEA Edition Newsletter keeps you updated on the latest regulatory developments in Europe, Middle-East and Africa.

    October 2015

    Splash Decision

    The October edition of Funworld highlights how Pennsylvania's Camelback ski resort is using the combined attractions of the Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark to strengthen its year-round appeal. In Europe, Slagharen Theme Park & Resort has similar ambitions for its new Aqua Mexicana indoor/outdoor water park.

    September 2015

    Gröna Lund’s Best Nightmares

    In the September edition of Funworld, ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus reveals that the new “Mamma Mia! The Party!” themed restaurant show is coming to Gröna Lund in 2016. This year, the Swedish amusement park unveiled a new attraction that is scaring and delighting visitors in equal measure. Funworld Extra finds out more.

    August 2015

    Summer Hits

    As the August 2015 edition of Funworld celebrates the year’s new rides and attractions, Funworld Extra highlights new projects at Scandinavia’s summer parks. 

    July 2015

    Super-Powered SuperPark

    The July 2015 edition of Funworld profiles Level 257, Namco’s new Pac-Man-inspired family entertainment centre (FEC) in Chicago’s suburbs. In Europe, SuperPark is one of the rising stars in the FEC sector. SuperPark CEO Juha Tanskanen shares the thinking behind the fast-growing Finnish group.

    June 2015
    Braking News

    In these days of increasing automation and driverless vehicles, there are amusement parks in Europe that still use an old-fashioned, hands-on solution to keep their retro roller coasters on track. Here, Funworld Extra highlights two parks that are keeping the tradition of onboard brake operators alive. 

    May 2015

    European Parks: 2020 Predictions

    Funworld’s May issue focuses on the future of the attractions industry as it asks IAAPA members worldwide where they think the business is going by 2020. Here, Funworld Extra—Europe Edition continues the conversation with Roland Mack, owner of Europa-Park in Rust, Germany; Mark Fisher, chief development officer at Merlin Entertainments PLC;, and Miikka Seppälä, chief executive of Särkänniemi Adventure Park in Tampere, Finland.

    April 2015
    Kongeparken's Farm-tastic Attraction

    Funworld’s April edition shows how Parks & Resorts Scandinavia’s owners are saving money to spend on the sexiest attractions possible. Now Funworld Extra focuses on another Scandinavian success story. Håkon Lund, CEO of Kongeparken in Norway, explains why the park opted for a wholesome, farming attraction rooted in the region’s history.

    March 2015
    Fear Should Be Fun

    This month's article focuses on how to keep guests and employees safe during a Halloween event. Haunted attractions are proving so popular, we asked designer Steven Putzeys, who worked on Walibi Belgium’s event in 2014, about his thoughts on Halloween and trends in haunted fun.

    February 2015
    How Do European Parks Handle Halloween Safely?

    Here is a look at how Halloween is growing at a handful of European parks, and what safety measures they’ve put in place as a result. 

    January 2015
    Science of Attraction

    With the Universeum located right next door to Liseberg in the center of Gothenburg, collaboration with the amusement park is one of the ways Universeum has expanded its audience, becoming “Scandinavia’s most visited science centre by far,” says Universeum CEO Carina Halvord.

    November 2014
    European Executive Roundtable: How do you handle peak attendance days?

    Owners and managers from Liseberg (Sweden), PortAventura (Spain), Walibi World and Heineken Experience (The Netherlands) explain how they handle days with extremely high demand in visiting their facility. Learn more on how they set capacity limits and how they try to find a balance with guest satisfaction.

    October 2014
    Homegrown IPs

    Following on from our September story, which looked at a theme park (Drayton Manor) that brought in an outside IP, Funworld Extra focuses on two European parks that have developed IPs internally.

    September 2014
    Steam Ahead

    Drayton Manor Park CEO Colin Bryan reveals the story behind Thomas Land and his plans to expand the themed area for Thomas’s 70th—and the park’s 65th—birthday in 2015August 2014.

    August 2014
    Danish Debuts

    From Viking adventures, to friendly ghosts and record-breaking flumes, Funworld Extra finds innovation in Denmark this year.

    July 2014
    The Millionaire Clown

    The July 2014 edition of Funworld profiled family entertainment center (FEC) operators from across Europe. Now 28-year-old British FEC entrepreneur James Sinclair, who is writing a book called “The Millionaire Clown,” shares his business story.

    Your IAAPA EMEA team

    You are always welcome to contact your IAAPA team in Europe, Middle-East, and Africa.

    IAAPA Europe IVZW
    Rue du Congrès 37-41,
    B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
    Tel +32 2609 54 45 
    Fax +32 2 609 54 46


    Karen Staley: Vice President 
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    Andrea Kolar: 
    Exhibit Sales Manager, EAS (Tel.: +43 22162915)
    Click here to email

    Claudio Boni:
     Exhibition Sales, (Tel.: +39 3395384196) 
    Click here to email

    Nico Reynders:
     Manager Membership and Meeting Planning (Tel: +32 2 609 54 45)
    Click here to email

    Jeroen Verrezen: Manager Marketing (Tel: +32 2 609 54 45)
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    Sylvie Stepanovic:  Senior Manager Membership and Program Planning (+32 484 74 34 54)
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