IAAPA Europe

To better serve our European members IAAPA has opened up a European Office in Brussels, Belgium. With this initiative IAAPA is committed to creating a full service association in Europe, 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 the region.

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.

Please click here to see an overview of the committees and a list of committee members for 2014.


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 Europe 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 Europe will help you create unique guest experiences, improve performance, and strengthen your bottom line.

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

IAAPA Europe Spring Forum 2015

IAAPA Europe hosts the fourth IAAPA Europe Spring Forum on May 21-22 in dynamic and historical Istanbul, Turkey. Join IAAPA for two days of excitement and unique experience in Istanbul. Facility tours include Kidzania Istanbul and Vialand. The event is sponsored by Polin Waterparks.

You can register for the IAAPA Europe Spring Forum 2015 here. Visit the event page for more information here.

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

IAAPA Europe 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 Europe Newsletter keeps you updated on the latest regulatory developments in Brussels and around Europe.

    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 team in Europe

    You are always welcome to contact your IAAPA team in Europe.

    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)
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    Claudio Boni:
     Exhibition Sales, (Tel.: +39 3395384196) 
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    Nico Reynders:
     Manager Membership and Meeting Planning (Tel: +32 2 609 54 45)
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    Jeroen Verrezen: Manager Marketing (Tel: +32 2 609 54 45)
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