IAAPA Latin American Summit 2018

Entertainment, naturally.

San Jose, Costa Rica
Summit: April 17-19, 2018
Post-tour: April 19-21, 2018

Be part of the only event in Latin America where you can generate high-impact networking. Join the Latin American leaders of the entertainment industry and see the newest and most exciting attractions in one of the main tourist destinations in the region: Costa Rica.

For the first time, the IAAPA Latin American Summit arrives to Central America in a high-level tour through the vibrant Costa Rican industry. Exchange ideas and best practices for your business in this exclusive opportunity to connect with the Latin American entertainment sector.

If you are a high-level executive in the attractions industry, or if you are interested in this market, this is the event you need to attend.

A leader in sustainable entertainment and adventure tourism, Costa Rica offers a unique biodiversity, colorful landscapes, beautiful beaches, majestic mountains and volcanoes, and exotic jungles. Costa Rica is pure entertainment!



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(The program begins at 10:00 a.m.)

Opening Ceremony: Remarks by Dr. Alberto López Chaves, General Manager of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute
Esencial COSTA RICA is the country brand, the way in which Costa Rica is projected to promote tourism, exports and foreign investment along with culture and entertainment. Discover what makes Costa Rica unique and how it presents itself to the world.

Celebrating IAAPA's Centennial
IAAPA celebrates its first hundred years of existence and we want to celebrate it together! We will present a retrospective of the association and the role that the Latin American industry and its leaders have played in this evolution.

oxigenoPresentation by Hernán Martínez, CEO of the Oxígeno Project
Oxígeno, the first human playground, is a unique and interactive space that integrates community, entertainment, sports, gastronomy, shopping and green areas. Its four worlds are designed to surprise, entertain and transform experiences, according to the interests and affinities of its visitors. The opening of this interesting project is scheduled for the second half of 2018.

Welcome and Networking Luncheon

parque diversionesPresentation by Mario Catarinella, General Manager of Parque Diversiones, facility tour and dinner
Parque Diversiones belongs to the Asociación Pro-Hospital Nacional de Niños, a private non-profit organization. It was founded in December 1981 with the mission of providing a world of fantasy, safe fun and excellence in service to its guests, generating revenues to support the National Children's Hospital. It has 24 rides, four water attractions, two trains, a playground area, a games and video games area, restaurants, shops and outlets. We will end the facility tour with a typical dinner in Pueblo Antiguo, a themed area full of history and tradition with replicas of San Jose buildings from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century where shows and plays are performed.


cafe brittPresentation by Pablo Vargas, CEO of Café Britt, and facility tour
Since 1991, Café Britt Coffee Tour has educated and entertained almost one million coffee lovers from around the world, through a colorful and original journey that takes them from the plantation to the toaster plant. In this original trip, visitors enjoy a presentation on the history and culture of coffee in Costa Rica, a sustainable coffee plantation, a toaster plant, coffee seedlings, as well as coffee and chocolate tastings. Grupo Britt's history has been of constant innovation in both products and business model, from a tourist attraction such as the Coffee Tour, to concept stores at airports and internet sales.

zoologicoPresentation by Yolanda Matamoros, CEO of Fundación Pro Zoológicos, and site visit to the Simón Bolívar Zoo and Botanical Gardens
This institution has 101 years of existence, and its main objectives are environmental education, support for research programs, reproduction and conservation of flora and fauna species, as well as the rescue of wildlife. Since 1994, it has been managed by the Pro Zoological Foundation (FUNDAZOO), establishing programs of veterinary medicine, animal nutrition, biology, botany, conservation and museography, based on modern scientific and technical criteria, provided by highly trained professionals. One of its main attractions is being the only forest in the center of San Jose, with about 350 individuals of 40 different species living in the park and dozens of animal species that use the forest ecosystem and the lagoon as their home or migration site. We will start our visit with a luncheon where you can network and learn from your colleagues.

museo ninosPresentation by Gloria Bejarano, Founder, and site visit to the Children's Museum and Penitentiary Museum
Who would have imagined that this magical and colorful castle located in the heart of San Jose, used to be a prison? This is one of the most frequent questions posed by visitors to the Children's Museum, one of the most well-known projects of the Costa Rican Center of Science and Culture, operating since 1994 in what used to be the old Central Penitentiary of San Jose. Also known as the "Castle of Dreams," it covers an area of ​​over 4.000 square meters and, in addition to the Children's Museum, houses the National Auditorium and the Penitentiary Museum, which rescues more than 100 years of history of this iconic building. The Children's Museum was the first of its kind in Central America and is currently the only 100% interactive museum in the country. It receives more than 300.000 people annually, making it the most visited museum of Costa Rica.


waterfallsPresentation by Lee Banks, Founder, facility tour and closing lunch at La Paz Waterfall Gardens
La Paz Waterfall Gardens is Costa Rica's most visited private ecological attraction. It offers the best trails near San Jose, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, including the famous La Paz waterfall, an animal sanctuary and private wildlife reserve with more than 100 species of animals, and environmental education programs. Its attractions include five waterfalls, cloud forest and rainforest, feeding of toucans in the palm of the hand, butterfly observatory and laboratory, two-toed sloths, capuchin monkeys, a hummingbird garden with more than 26 species, jaguars, pumas, ocelots, frogs, and orchid exhibitions, among others. We will conclude our tour and the Summit program with a lunch on the premises.

*Program subject to changes.


Within the framework of the IAAPA Latin American Summit, the ASTM F-24 Committee on Amusement Rides and Devices will hold a meeting on Monday, April 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Register with Katerina Koperna.

Check the agenda here.




Tabacon Hot SpringsTransportation, check-in and dinner at Tabacón Hotel & Grand SPA 
Tabacón Hotel & Grand SPA covers more than 900 acres of lush tropical reserve and is home to the largest network of hot springs in Costa Rica. It is surrounded by the beautiful Arenal Volcano on one end and the Arenal Volcano National Park on the other. The road literally takes you to the heart of the jungle, so the sounds and landscapes of native flora and fauna will flood your senses. Along the course of the Tabacon river you will find dozens of swimming pools and waterfalls with thermal water between 22 and 40 degrees Celsius, some very spacious and quiet, others small and private. Tabacon is a 5 star hotel with sustainable tourism certification.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

sky-adventures-parkActivity Day at Costa Rica Sky Adventures
Costa Rica Sky Adventures is a Costa Rican family business, market pioneer and leader in sustainable ecotourism and adventure tourism, with more than 17 years of experience. Enjoy the Sky Trek zip lines and oversee the mountainous area; take the Sky Walk bridges to discover the lush Arenal rainforest from every perspective while enjoying incredible views and waterfalls; or enjoy the Sky Tram guided tour, traveling more than a kilometer over the incredible Arenal forests and arriving at a unique viewpoint of the Arenal volcano and lake.


safariSafari Floating
Enjoy the view, sounds and tranquility of the tropical forest as we row the Peñas Blancas River. Monkeys, iguanas, sloths, crocodiles and a large number of tropical birds await you! Our guides will share interesting and educational information about the fauna and flora that will be found during the tour. You will be able to appreciate the wonders of the river and the surrounding forest while enjoying a quiet trip taking pictures of the surroundings. Be sure to bring a camera and binoculars on this tour!

Transportation to San Jose.

*Program subject to changes.


Headquarters Hotel - 2018 Summit:
Hotel Intercontinental Costa Rica  

Multiplaza Shopping Center
Escazú, San José, 11856, Costa Rica
Tel. +506-2-208-2100 

Special IAAPA Rate (plus 13% tax):
King standard: $169 USD         Twin standard: $184 USD
King Club Tower: $229 USD     Twin Club Tower: $244 USD

Reserve here before February 14, 2018 to guarantee availability, or call the hotel directly. Please refer to the group discount code: IAA.

Post Tour:
The headquarters hotel for the Post Tour is the Tabacón Grand SPA. The rate is included in the Post Tour rate.


IAAPA Members:            $429 USD
Other participants:         $569 USD
Includes: Transportation to and from the Intercontinental Costa Rica hotel to all the activities listed in the program; behind-the-scenes tours and presentations in the attractions listed in the program; lunch on April 17, 18 and 19; dinner on April 17 and 18. Does not include lodging or Post Tour.



IAAPA Members:      $1.160 USD in single room     $855 USD in double room p.p.
Other participants:   $1.508 USD in single room     $1.110 USD in double room p.p.
Includes: Lodging at the Tabacón Grand SPA hotel on the nights of April 19 and 20; transportation San Jose-La Fortuna-San Jose; transportation to and from Tabacón hotel to all the attractions visited; tours, admissions and activities in all the attractions visited; breakfast on April 20 and 21st; lunch on April 20 and 21st; dinner on April 19 and 20. Does not include spa services.

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