Early Registration Now Open for the 2013 IAAPA Leadership Conference

2013 IAAPA Leadership Conference and Latin America Networking Event to Take Place in São Paulo

Early Registration Now Open

(December 14, 2012) – Early registration is now open for the 2013 IAAPA Leadership Conference and Latin America Networking Event, set to take place March 6-8 in São Paulo, Brazil. The event will provide insights into six amusement parks, family entertainment centers, water parks, zoos, and museums located around São Paulo.

Event attendees will receive a hands-on education and go behind the scenes at attractions such as Wet ’n’ Wild, a water park containing 23 attractions and 7 million liters of water; Hopi Hari, one of the largest and most modern theme parks in Latin America; O Mundo da Xuxa, a small theme park featuring 20 attractions, including a roller coaster and indoor flume ride; Museu do Futebol, a soccer museum that ranks among the top five most-visited museums in Brazil; the São Paulo Zoo, which houses more than 3,200 species over a 824,529-square-meter area; and KidZania, a family entertainment center chain that has already drawn 20 million customers to its 11 locations worldwide. 

“The 2013 IAAPA Leadership Conference is an excellent way for attractions industry professionals to learn firsthand from some of the most successful operators in the region,” said Paul Noland, IAAPA president and CEO.

Brazil, an expanding country of nearly 200 million and home of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, gives attendees of this event the opportunity to connect with leading Latin American attractions industry operators and suppliers, and strategically position themselves and their business to prosper in an emerging market. 

“Brazil is one of the largest growing markets in the attractions industry,” said Paulina Reyes, vice president of IAAPA’s Latin American operations. “Having the 2013 IAAPA Leadership Conference in Brazil allows the region’s attractions industry professionals to network, share ideas, and learn from one another so as the middle class continues  to emerge and the demand for entertainment increases, the industry is well positioned to capitalize on this growth and the opportunity it presents.”

Attractions industry professionals ranging from operations specialists and middle managers to CEOs are encouraged to attend.

Early registration for the 2013 Leadership Conference and Latin America Networking Event runs through Feb. 8 at a rate of US$499. IAAPA members may register for $US399. After Feb. 8 registration will cost US$549. IAAPA members may register at a rate of US$449.

Registration includes all tours, transportation between venues, lunch all three days (March 6-8), and receptions on March 6 and 7. Registration fees will be charged in U.S. dollars. Only credit cards will be accepted as payment. No wire transfers will be accepted. 

Register by completing the form available at www.IAAPA.org/events-education/events/leadership-conference/registration.

Sponsorship information is available by contacting Brian Skepton at bskepton@IAAPA.org or +1 703/836-4800.

A post-tour event in Santa Catarina, Brazil, will take place after the 2013 IAAPA Leadership Conference and Latin America Networking Event, March 9-10. Additional information will be available in the coming weeks at http://www.IAAPA.org/leadershipconference.

About IAAPA
Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. www.IAAPA.org

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