IAAPA Increases Commitment to Attractions Industry Information, Hires Melissa Teates as Director of Industry Research and Analysis

(August 13, 2015) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has created a new position focused on building IAAPA’s inventory of attractions industry information and hired 20-year research veteran Melissa Teates as Director of Industry Research and Analysis.

Teates will initiate, conduct, and manage worldwide market research and data analysis. Specifically, she will oversee economic impact studies for the global attractions industry, financial and benchmarking reports for the association’s constituencies, industry performance reports and forecasts, and the association’s market census.

“Our members have expressed the need for more attractions industry information, and we responded,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland. “Melissa will play a vital role in providing research findings and data that will aid members in their decision making and allow the association to more effectively represent the industry to governments and press.”

Teates has 20 years of experience in business research, analysis, writing, and project management. Most recently, Teates served eight years as the director of research for the American Society of Travel Agents. Previously, Teates was the director of industry information and research at the Paperboard Packaging Council and served as international economist at the Association for Manufacturing Technology.  

Teates holds a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University and a Certified Association Executive certification from the American Society of Association Executives.

Teates can be reached at mteates@IAAPA.org.

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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Editor’s Note: An image of Melissa Teates is available upon request to pressoffice@iaapa.org.

Contact Information:
pressoffice@IAAPA.org
Colleen Mangone: cmangone@IAAPA.org  
David Mandt: dmandt@IAAPA.org