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Global Attractions Association Elects Officers and New Board Members


Global Attractions Association Elects Officers and 
New Board Members

Andreas Andersen, CEO and President, Liseberg Group, Named IAAPA Chairman of the
Board for 2018

ORLANDO, Fla., US (Nov. 14, 2017) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has elected Andreas Andersen, CEO and president of Liseberg Group in Gothenburg, Sweden, as the organization’s chairman of the board for 2018. The introduction of the 2018 officers took place at the Kickoff Event for the association’s global conference and trade show, IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017, in Orlando, Florida.

For the past six years, Andersen has served as CEO and president of the Liseberg Group, one of Sweden’s most popular tourist attractions, overseeing the theme park and its adjacent hotels, campsites, and entertainment venues. Prior to his current role at Liseberg, he served as executive director for IAAPA’s European office, leading the expansion of the association’s presence in Europe and was vice president at Tivoli Gardens in Denmark.

Andersen has served on the IAAPA Board of Directors since 2013. He is also on the association’s Executive and Finance Committee, has chaired the IAAPA European Government Relations Committee and European Advisory Board, and is a member of the IAAPA Branding Task Force.

In addition, Andersen is on the board of directors of Fårup Sommerland, the Swedish Association of Amusement Parks, and Göteborg & Co. Regional Tourism Board.

He officially accepted the IAAPA chairman’s gavel during the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 Kickoff Event.

2018 IAAPA Officers:
The IAAPA Board of Directors elected the following officers for the organization for 2018:

Chairman – Andreas Andersen, CEO and president, Liseberg Group, Sweden
First Vice Chairman – David Rosenberg, vice president, Monterey Bay Aquarium, United States
Second Vice Chairman – Amanda Thompson OBE, managing director, Blackpool Pleasure Beach Ltd., and president, Stageworks Worldwide Productions, United Kingdom
Treasurer – Charles “Hank” Salemi, president, Six Flags Great America, United States
Immediate Past Chairman – Greg Hale, vice president and chief safety officer, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, United States
IAAPA President and CEO – Paul Noland, IAAPA

The following IAAPA members were also elected to serve the association on its board of directors:

New Facility and Life Directors:
Adrea Gibba, managing director, Planet Aqua Group, United States
VGP Ravidas, managing director, VGP Universal Kingdom, India
Bonnie Weber, park president, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor, United States

New Past Chairman Director: 
Chip Cleary, senior consultant, Europa-Park GmbH & Co. Mack KG, United States

New Manufacturer and Supplier Director:
Phil Wilson, executive vice president, Extreme Engineering, United States

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 is the premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global amusement park and attractions industry. With its theme “Join the Creation Nation” the show provides attractions industry leaders, decision-makers, and visionaries with everything needed to take every guest experience to the next level, whether through the thousands of innovations, the hundreds of expert-led educational opportunities, or the engaging networking opportunities. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 will draw more than 32,000 industry professionals, including more than 21,000 decision-makers and buyers from more than 100 countries to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Monday, Nov. 13, through Friday, Nov. 17. The more than 560,000-net-square-foot trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 14, through Friday, Nov. 17. Additional information is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo. #IAE17

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. 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 more than 5,300 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 100 countries with member facilities including amusement and theme parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, and museums. IAAPA hosts three annual trade shows including IAAPA Attractions Expo, Euro Attractions Show, and Asian Attractions Expo. The association's global headquarters is in Orlando, Florida, United States. The nonprofit organization maintains offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Alexandria, Virginia. To learn more, visit www.IAAPA.org or connect with us: @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA

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