For Immediate Release
November 17, 2008
IAAPA Announces 2008 Must-See Waterpark Award Winners Caribbean Bay and Morey's Piers Win Top Honors
Orlando, Florida (United States)—Today, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced the winners of its 2008 Must-See Waterparks awards program at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008. The program recognizes outstanding waterparks around the world that provide visitors with a unique and memorable experience, top-notch guest service, operations, and safety.
Caribbean Bay waterpark and Morey’s Piers Beachfront Waterparks were honored with the award during the “State of the Industry” ceremony, which kicked off the Waterpark & Resort Education Track, sponsored by American Locker Security Systems, Inc.; Cyllenius; ProSlide Technology, Inc.; Water Safety Products, Inc; and Whitewater West Industries, Ltd.
Caribbean Bay in Kyeonggi-Do, South Korea, was founded in 1996 as part of Everland Resortand is Korea’s largest waterpark. It attracts 1.4 million people annually and is the third most visited park in the world, according to Economics Research Associates. Shipwrecks, caves, and temple ruins set the tone for the park’s 17th century Latin American and Caribbean theme. Employees, or “the cast,” at Caribbean Bay pride themselves on their safety management systems, which include an aquatic safety program and a water purity control system. In 2008, the park developed “Wild River Zone,” which includes a family rafting slide and several pools.
Morey's Piers Beachfront Waterparks in Wildwood, New Jersey, United States, was opened in 1985 and its two waterparks—Raging Waters Water Theme Park and Ocean Oasis Waterpark and Beach Club—operate on three acres of piers overlooking the Atlantic ocean. Raging Waters features “Shotgun Falls,” speed slides, and a rope swing, as well as offering kids’ attractions like “Shipwreck Shoals” and “Camp KidTastrophe.” Ocean Oasis features attractions for various ages, like “Riptide Rapids” thrill ride and “Bonsai Beach” interactive kids’ play area, but also functions as a beach club. Guests have access to family huts, hammocks, and cabanas, as well as massage therapy and table-side waiter services.
About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008
The IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008 is the largest conference and trade show for the amusement park and attractions industry in the world. With its theme “Success in Every Direction,” the show will draw an estimated 25,000 participants, representing amusement and theme parks, family entertainment centers, waterparks, zoos, aquariums, museums, casinos, resorts, developers, themed entertainment designers, consultants, manufacturers, and suppliers, to the Orange County Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21. The trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 21.
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008 offers a solid week of business and fun. More than 1,000 exhibitors will display their products and services in 1 million square feet of exhibit space. The event also includes educational sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, marquee social events, and networking opportunities. This is the marketplace where amusement and attraction industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries gather to network, view the latest innovations, and plan for the future.
IAAPA, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded almost 90 years ago, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the amusement industry. IAAPA represents more than 4,300 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries.
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