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IAAPA Europe Expands International Operations

For Immediate Release
March 14, 2016
Updated 3/17/16

                                      IAAPA Europe Expands International Operations

Incorporates Middle East and Africa Regions to form IAAPA EMEA

(Alexandria, Virginia, US) - The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) further expands the scope of operations of its Europe regional office to incorporate the Middle East and Africa to better serve IAAPA’s members in the regions. Now known as IAAPA EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) the staff monitors issues and advocates on behalf of the attractions industry, provides communications and media relations support, and offers the latest knowledge and education on ride safety, industry data, and best practices amongst members. In addition, IAAPA EMEA is responsible for the oversight of IAAPA’s Euro Attractions Show (EAS), the region’s premier conference and trade show for the attractions industry.

Karen Staley, senior vice president of IAAPA EMEA Operations manages the regional office located in Brussels, Belgium. She is responsible for the implementation of IAAPA’s strategic plan in EMEA, to ensure the association’s benefits reach the 1,200 members in the region, and to develop and maintain key partnerships and alliances in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

IAAPA’s European regional office first opened in 2001 with one employee. The office now has eight full-time employees and its geographical location makes it the most appropriate regional office to incorporate the Middle East and Africa regions into its scope of operations. “Located within a three-hour time difference from the Middle East, our regional office is best equipped to service the Middle East and Africa regions. We have a strong European presence in those regions, which contributes to the synergy between the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, and our office is prepared to expand operations as IAAPA’s new EMEA regional office” said Karen Staley.

“The formation of the IAAPA EMEA office in Brussels further strengthens IAAPA’s international presence and reiterates the association’s commitment to serve its members in the Middle East and Africa region,” said Karen Staley.  “With explosive growth in the Middle East and the quickly emerging market in the continent of Africa, we look forward to playing a role in this exciting growth period for the attractions industry.”

About IAAPA                                                                                                     Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents nearly 5,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. Member facilities include amusement and theme parks, water parks, attractions, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, resorts, and casinos. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. The association's global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Orlando. www.IAAPA.org  @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA  

Contact Information
pressoffice@IAAPA.org or +1 703/299-5127
Colleen Mangone, Director, Media Relations: cmangone@IAAPA.org
David Mandt, SVP, Marketing and Communications: dmandt@IAAPA.org
Karen Staley, SVP, IAAPA EMEA Operations: kstaley@IAAPA.org