IAAPA Europe, Middle East, and Africa

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 2016

Be a part of Europe’s premier event for the industry, The Euro Attractions Show 2016 from 20 - 22 September, 2016. The event will take place at the Fira Gran Via, in Barcelona, Spain. The convention center is located right at one of the finest citytrip destinations 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.

    November 2015

    Accessible Fun

    EMEA attractions are working on new ways to welcome all guests. Funworld's November 2015 issue looks at how autism-friendly attractions are ensuring a good time for every guest. Funworld Extra finds out how operators in the EMEA attractions industry are helping guests with disabilities and special needs enjoy every moment of their visit.

    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.

    Click here to go to the archive for Fun World Extra: EMEA Edition.

    Your IAAPA EMEA team

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

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


    Karen Staley: Senior Vice President, IAAPA EMEA
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    Andrea Kolar: 
    Exhibit Sales Manager, EAS (Tel.: +43 22162915)
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    Claudio Boni:
     Exhibition Sales, EAS (Tel.: +39 3395384196) 
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    Nico Reynders:
     Manager Membership and Meeting Planning, IAAPA EMEA (Tel: +32 2 609 54 45)
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    Jeroen Verrezen: Manager Marketing, IAAPA EMEA (Tel: +32 2 609 54 45)
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    Sylvie Stepanovic:Senior Manager Membership and Program Planning, IAAPA EMEA (+32 484 74 34 54)
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    Emily Popovich
    Emily Popovich: Exhibit Sales and Sponsorship, IAAPA EMEA (+45 28942145)
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