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Attraction Industry Leaders Gather for IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days

Attractions Industry Leaders Discuss Key Issues with More than 50 U.S. Congressional Offices During IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days 2016

(Alexandria, VA, USA)–From Monday, April 11 to Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) held its annual IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days. During the event, 32 U.S. attractions industry leaders, representing 25 organizations, discussed the industry’s legislative priorities and regulatory issues in 56 congressional meetings. This year’s IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Day s reached historic highs in regard to both number of congressional meetings held and number of registered attendees. 

IAAPA members met with congressional offices representing 14 states to discuss proposed changes to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rules, industry safety, unmanned aircraft system (drones) legislation and regulations, and possible changes to Federal and state minimum wage.

IAAPA Advocacy Day groups represented California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and the District of Columbia.

The National Association of Manufacturers’ Chief Economist Dr. Chad Moutray addressed the group. He provided expert analysis on the global economy in the manufacturing industry and noted that within the industry job openings are at an all-time high and that the service sector is making a comeback.

"We are incredibly proud of what we were able to achieve as an industry this week on Capitol Hill," said Randy Davis, IAAPA Senior Vice President of Safety and Advocacy. "The record number of meetings with Congressional leaders from both parties is a testament to the strength of the attractions industry when we come together to work toward a common goal."

More information about IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days is available here.

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 99 countries. Member facilities include amusement and theme parks, water parks, attractions, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, and resorts. 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