IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 Participants to Learn What’s New, Now, and Next in Attractions Industry Through 100+ Educational Opportunities

Attendees to Earn Credit Toward IAAPA Certification with Participation in Seminars, EDUTours, Institutes, and Symposia 

(August 12, 2015) – IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 will feature more than 100 educational opportunities designed to keep attractions industry professionals of all levels informed about the latest trends and developments in safety, operations, retail, human resources, food and beverage, entertainment, social media, public relations, marketing, and more.

More than 28,000 industry professionals will attend the global industry’s premier five-day conference and trade show, which offers 80 educational seminars and more than 20 in-depth learning experiences, including EDUTours of prominent facilities, daylong institutes and symposia, personalized consulting sessions, and educational luncheons.

“Attractions industry professionals have a great opportunity to expand their knowledge at IAAPA Attractions Expo,” said Rebecca Turner, IAAPA’s vice president of education, professional development, and training services. “These programs will give attendees a competitive edge and a sneak peek at the future of the attractions industry.”

All of the education programs available at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 are eligible for credit toward IAAPA Certification, the attractions industry’s premier professional distinction.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions owns and produces IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015, which takes place Nov. 16-20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Educational Seminars

The more than 80 solutions-oriented educational seminars include programs for theme and amusement park, family entertainment center, water park, museum, zoo, aquarium, and other attractions professionals. Participants will learn about new trends, best practices to help them now, and what’s next for the future of the attractions industry.

Participation in the education program is worth 19 credit hours applicable toward IAAPA Certification.

The educational seminars are free to IAAPA members who register for the Expo. Nonmembers pay US$329 in addition to Expo registration to participate in the educational seminar program. A valid Expo badge must be worn to gain access to the educational seminars. 

Twenty-two educational seminars are translated simultaneously into Spanish and/or Portuguese.

In-Depth Learning

In-depth learning experiences provide IAAPA Attractions Expo attendees a better understanding of the attractions industry.

These experiences offered at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 include EDUTours to the Brevard Zoo, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Legoland Hotel, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Studios Florida, and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Each tour has a unique focus and provides a behind-the-scenes look into the operations of world-class facilities. Each EDUTour is worth three credit hours applicable to IAAPA Certification.

Several programs include keynote presentations by senior industry leaders. The Lunch and Learn on Monday, Nov. 16, will feature speaker Mark Woodbury, president of the creative division of Universal Parks and Resorts worldwide. On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Parques Reunidos CEO Yann Caillère will speak at the GM and Owners’ Breakfast. Also on Wednesday, Nov. 18, John McReynolds, senior vice president, external affairs, for Universal Parks and Resorts and 2016 IAAPA Chairman of the Board, will keynote the Amusement Parks and Attractions Constituency Lunch.  

There are also several extended and multiday programs for even more in-depth learning. Participation in these programs is eligible for additional credit hours applicable to IAAPA Certification: IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers (16 credit hours), IAAPA Rookies and Newcomers: FEC 101 (14 credit hours), IAAPA Human Resources Symposium – Taking Your HR Practices to the Next Level (13 credit hours), IAAPA Safety Institute (four credit hours), and Disney Innovation “ToyBox” Workshop (one credit hour).

In-depth learning experiences are individually priced and require registration, an Expo badge, and separate ticket. Tickets may be purchased during the online registration process or if space is available on-site. Tickets often sell out for these popular events.

More information about how IAAPA Certification can provide a valuable boost to an attractions industry professional’s career is available at www.IAAPA.org/Certification.

Additional information about all IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 educational offerings is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpoEducation.

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 is the premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global amusement park and attractions industry. With its theme “NEW. NOW. NEXT!,” the show will take place in Orlando, Florida, and draw more than 28,000 industry professionals from more than 90 countries to the Orange County Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20. The 525,000-net-square-foot trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 20. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 is the global gathering place for attraction industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries. They come together to view the latest innovations, learn from each other, network, and plan for the future. Additional information is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo. @IAAPAHQ #IAE15

About IAAPA
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 4,800 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. The association's global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Orlando. www.IAAPA.org @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA

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