IALEI Dissolution / IAAPA Merger Plans Final

Oct. 9, 2009

Preliminary Transition Plans Announced

Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Alexandria, Virginia (United States) – This week, officials from the International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry (IALEI) and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced all the required approvals are in place and they are moving forward to dissolve IALEI and merge the IALEI membership into IAAPA.

The IAAPA board met on Sept. 29 and agreed three contingent issues outlined in the approval resolution were successfully resolved.  The IALEI executive committee met on Oct. 2 to confirm the details are in place and plans are moving forward to dissolve the association and merge with IAAPA.

The transition team made up of members of IALEI and IAAPA will guide the formal transition of member services in the weeks ahead. Several transition-related issues have already been resolved as follows:

  • All current members of IALEI will automatically qualify for IAAPA member benefits starting on Nov. 1, 2009, and effective for one year, until Dec. 31, 2010.
  • Current IALEI members will also receive free registration for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 in Las Vegas, Nov. 16-20. During the Expo, they can participate in the education track for family entertainment centers (FECs), which is made up of 16 different seminars and programs. They can also participate in the other general education sessions (almost 100 in total) offered at the Expo, all at no additional cost. (Some behind-the-scenes tours, vendor tours, and Institute programs require an extra fee.) All FEC members are also invited to attend the FEC Reception which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. 
  • IAAPA's FEC committee will be re-configured to coordinate and oversee membership development and service for FECs. The committee will be made up of equal representation from current IAAPA FEC members and members of IALEI. IALEI board chair, Dorothy Lewis, will chair the IAAPA FEC Committee starting in 2010.
  • As IALEI has in the past, IAAPA will work closely with the American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA) and the Amusement & Music Operators Association (AMOA) to produce FunExpo 2010 with the William T. Glasgow company managing the event. FunExpo 2010 will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, March 8-12 (education program) and March 10-12 (exhibits). Additional information on FunExpo is available at www.FunExpo.com.
  • The FEC section of the IAAPA web site will be re-designed and upgraded.  It will offer additional services and be accessible via a new URL, www.iaapa.org/FEC.
  • IAAPA will host a minimum of four webinars for free specifically designed for FEC members in 2010.
  • In 2010, IAAPA will conduct research similar to the IALEI State of the Industry report and make it available to FEC members.

Additional programs and services will be offered to IAAPA FEC members. Details will be communicated to the members as plans are finalized.

Approximately 600 family entertainment center companies are members of IALEI. More than 375 FEC companies are already members of IAAPA, and approximately 80 companies are members of both IAAPA and IALEI.

"Throughout this process, our focus was on doing what is best for the members of IALEI,” said Dorothy Lewis, chair of IALEI. "We believe dissolving IALEI and merging into IAAPA is the best long-term option for our members and the FEC industry overall."

"We are pleased to welcome the members of IALEI to IAAPA," said Charles Bray, president and CEO of IAAPA. "We look forward to working together for the continued growth and development of the FEC industry."


For information, contact:

David Mandt
+1 703/ 836-4800

Sarah DiCello 
+1 717/ 533-0534