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Event Preview - March 2017

IAAPA Latin American Summit Arrives in Argentina

From April 26 to April 28, industry leaders from all over the region will gather in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the 2017 IAAPA Latin American Summit. This networking and education event provides a forum for sharing ideas and cooperative learning between owners and operators of amusement parks, family entertainment centers, water parks, zoos, museums, and more attractions.

“The IAAPA Latin American Summit provides an exclusive opportunity for attractions leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean to gather,” says Paulina Reyes, IAAPA vice president of Latin America operations. “The region faces many unique challenges, and coming together allows for learning creative and successful business actions that may be implemented in their own business. Visiting other facilities and hearing colleagues’ experiences allow attendees to also understand the market and discover what works in the Latin American culture. This time we will gather in one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in South America—Buenos Aires.” 

The event combines facility tours with presentations from senior attractions executives. Attendees gain insight into operations and a history of the local industry over the course of three days. Buenos Aires also provides an ideal backdrop for the summit, with a thriving business sector and numerous successful attractions.

Here’s a look at some of the facilities the 2017 IAAPA Latin American Summit will visit:

Neverland Abasto

The Neverland family entertainment center chain has 27 locations in Argentina. Each facility features areas for different age groups, including playgrounds for small kids and space for families to play together.

Viejo Almacèn

Since 1969, this tango house has been the can’t-miss place to dance the night away, hosting some of the brightest stars of Buenos Aires dancing scene. Now, it features a rollicking dinner show that takes guests through the evolution of tango as they enjoy culinary specialties paired with classic Argentinian wines.

Bioparque Temaikèn

More than a zoo, the Temaikèn Foundation was created to protect nature through research, education, and preservation. The facility includes an aquarium, nature reserve, and a biopark designed to allow guests to observe animals in their natural space.

Parque de la Costa

This theme park features a number of attractions for thrillseekers and families alike. Five roller coasters offer a variety of experiences, a land dedicated to the smallest of guests, and a wide selection of shows keeps all visitors entertained.


The water park of Parque de la Costa, Aquafan features many slides that have reached wild popularity in recent years, including “Black Hole,” “El Abismo,” and “Turbolance.” The park also features a calmer Jacuzzi, a wave pool, dedicated children’s area, and many more attractions.

River Plate Museum

Though River Plate Museum is located near the legendary Monumental Stadium, home to the Argentine National Football Team, the museum itself focuses on the stadium’s home team: the River Plate Football Club. One of the largest football museums in South America, this facility introduces guests to the local heroes.

Tierra Santa

Visitors walk the streets of Jerusalem, recreated to emulate the time of Jesus, at this biblically themed attraction. It features tableaus and performances of scenes from the Bible. 

Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, April 26

12–2 p.m. - Event Registration

2–3 p.m. - Keynote Seminar by Juan Kurhelec, founder of Playland

3–3:30 p.m. - Presentation by Luciana Periales, CEO, Neverland

4:30–5:30 p.m. - Facility Tour of Neverland Abasto and Welcome Cocktail

8–10:30 p.m. - Dinner and Tango Show at Viejo Almacèn

Thursday, April 27

9:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. - Presentation by Sergio Rebagliati, Operations Director, Bioparque Temaikèn, and Facility Tour

1:15–2:15 p.m. - Lunch at Bioparque Temaikèn

3:15–6:30 p.m. - Presentation by Walter Álvarez, CEO, Parque de la Costa and Aquafan, and Facility Tour

6:30–8 p.m. - Cocktail at Parque de la Costa

Friday, April 28

9:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. - Presentation by Rodrigo Daskal, President, River Plate Museum, and Facility Tour

1:45–1:30 p.m. - Presentation by Maria Antonia Ferro, institutional Director, Tierra Santa, and Facility Tour

130–2:30 p.m. - Closing Lunch at Clo-Clo