IAAPA Foundation to Provide Attractions Industry Information and Education

IAAPA Foundation to Provide Attractions Industry Information and Education

Foundation Board Members Announced


(October 28, 2010) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) recently established the IAAPA Foundation to fund the development of education programs and information resources for the worldwide attractions industry.

The IAAPA Foundation, a separate nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, will focus exclusively on the reach, depth, and scope of the programs, products, and services available to the attractions industry. The Foundation will cultivate resources to enhance training and education for attractions industry professionals, provide industry research and data, facilitate the sharing of best practices within the industry, clarify and articulate the needs of the industry, promote the value and benefits of safe, family-friendly experiences, and reinforce the global influence and responsibility of the industry.

The members of the IAAPA Foundation board of directors include: 
Rene Aziz, Grupo Divertido
Charlie Bray (interim secretary/treasurer), IAAPA
Jane Cooper, Herschend Family Entertainment
Phil Lindsey, The Health Museum
John McReynolds, Universal Orlando Resort
Ted Molter (chairman), San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Jim Seay, Premier Rides
Paul Serff, Texas Travel Industry Association

“The IAAPA Foundation was created to support the attractions industry by providing education and conducting essential research,” said IAAPA Foundation Chairman Ted Molter. “The Foundation will provide funding to help make these programs and resources available for attraction operators and suppliers around the globe.”

As defined by the United States Internal Revenue Service, a 501(c)(3) corporation can accept contributions from individuals, corporations, trusts, or grant-presenting organizations from around the world. If the individual or organization pays income taxes in the United States, the contribution may be tax deductible.

Contributions can be mailed to: IAAPA Foundation, 1448 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Contributions can also be made in conjunction with the annual payment of membership dues to IAAPA.

Additional information on the IAAPA Foundation can be obtained by contacting John Henderson at IAAPA (JHenderson@IAAPA.org or +1 703/299-5764).

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 situated amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents more than 4,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. Member facilities include amusement/theme parks, waterparks, attractions, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, resorts, and casinos. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. Revenue generated for the association by its involvement in trade shows and other activities are returned to the association to fund services for its members and the industry. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. www.IAAPA.org


Contact information:
IAAPA Press Office: +1 703/299-5127
Colleen Mangone: cmangone@IAAPA.org
David Mandt: dmandt@IAAPA.org