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IAAPA News: More than 80 Expert-Led Education Programs Planned for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013

For Immediate Release

(Sept. 23, 2013) – IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013, taking place Nov. 18 – 22 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will offer more than 80 expert-led educational seminars, luncheons, roundtable discussions, behind-the-scenes tours, daylong institutes, and half-day symposiums designed to give directors, managers, senior executives, and CEOs the knowledge they need to keep up in the rapidly changing global attractions industry. More than 26,000 industry professionals will participate in IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013, the largest conference and trade show in the worldwide attractions industry.

“If you’re a professional looking to advance your business and your career, IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 has an education session for you to attend,” said IAAPA president and CEO Paul Noland. “Companies that use the resources the IAAPA education program provides come away with best practices and strategies that can create immediate and long-term benefit to their businesses.”

General Interest Sessions

Education sessions at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 will cover a range of the industry’s most in-demand topics, including communications and public relations, entertainment, facility operations and emergency preparedness, finance and information technology, food and beverage, games, human resources, marketing, retail merchandising, safety, and more.  The cost of attendance of IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 General Interest sessions is included in the Expo registration fee for IAAPA members. Non-members must pay $329 to attend. Other programs and events require separate tickets, as noted in their detailed listings.

Education Session Tracks

Expo attendees may also choose to attend a constituency-specific track of education sessions, designed to direct them to sessions most relevant to their interests. Tracks of sessions with content tailored to zoo and aquarium professionals, water park professionals, family entertainment center (FEC) professionals, as well as museums and science centers professionals are available.  Some tracks include programs such as lunches, receptions, and tours that require a separate ticket. More information is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/iaapa-attractions-expo-2013/education.

Facility Tours

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 educational opportunities aren’t limited to the confines of the Orange County Convention Center. IAAPA will offer guided, behind-the-scenes tours of six premier Orlando-area attractions throughout the week. Tours include: Disney at Dawn at Epcot, Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Fun Spot America, Legoland Florida, and Kennedy Space Center. More information is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/iaapa-attractions-expo-2013/education/tours.

IAAPA Institutes

IAAPA will offer four comprehensive institutes during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 catering to specific interests in the attractions industry. Institutes include the IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers, a management development program for up-and-coming industry professionals; the Institute for FEC Rookies and Newcomers, a program for those just entering the FEC business; the IAAPA Institute for the Essentials of Human Resource Management, which showcases strategies for managing employees throughout their employment life cycle; and Project Planning for the Attractions Industry, a highly interactive workshop that provides guidance on how to manage a project from start to finish. More information is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/iaapa-attractions-expo-2013/education.

Friday Half-Day Symposiums 

Two symposiums held Friday, Nov. 22, will expand attendees’ knowledge in specific areas of interest in the attractions industry. The Incident Management Symposium will help prepare companies for the unexpected through small discussion groups that explore key elements of in various crisis scenarios. The Inflatables Symposium is a half-day education program designed to share best practices in risk management, indoor operations, and more. Both are included among the General Interest education program at no additional charge; however pre-registration is encouraged for these popular symposiums. More information is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/iaapa-attractions-expo-2013/education/friday-symposiums.

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 is the largest conference and trade show in the world for the attractions industry. With its theme “Imagine the Possibilities,” the show will take place in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., from Monday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Nov. 22. The trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 19, through Friday, Nov. 22. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 offers a full week of business opportunities, networking events and educational experiences, and features new ideas and products. www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.

Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions and the industry’s suppliers, 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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