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Industry Networking Events Key Component of IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009

August 6, 2009

Industry Networking Events Key Component
of IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009

Kickoff Event, Keynote Luncheons, Roundtable Discussions, and IAAPA Bright Lights Party Connect Global Attractions Industry


Alexandria, Virginia (United States) – Attendees from throughout the world will travel to IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 in November to meet and mingle with professional colleagues and friends at nightly gatherings, keynote luncheons, and can’t-miss receptions. The annual conference and trade show for the attractions industry will be held for the first time in Las Vegas. Industry insiders can build relationships with colleagues and establish new contacts at events throughout the week, starting with the golf tournament and closing with the new IAAPA Bright Lights Party at LAX, Las Vegas’ premier nightclub. Here are the highlights of this year’s social and networking events: 

Expo Events Open to All Attendees and Exhibitors (separate registration may be required for some events)

International IAAPA Charity Golf Tournament (8:30 a.m., Nov. 16), Angel Park Golf Club—Gold Sponsor: Leisure Labs
Industry leaders from around the world will gather at Angel Park Golf Club, voted “Best Public Golf Course in Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, to tee off in support of Give Kids The World, an organization that creates memories for children with life-threatening illnesses. Golfers can relax on the fairways before a busy week on the trade show floor. Advance online registration is required and information on sponsorship opportunities is available atwww.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions/CharityEvents.asp. Registration Fee: US$200 per player.

Kickoff Event 2009: Jump Start Your Expo! (8:15 – 9:30 a.m., Nov. 17), Wynn Las Vegas—Gold Sponsors: PBS&J Architecture, Engineering, Planning, and Landscape ArchitectureArihant Industrial Corp., Ltd.; Silver Sponsor: Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc.
The attractions industry will celebrate the trade show opening at the Kickoff Event with a festive hour of performances, global industry reports, and, in true Las Vegas style, an appearance by Elvis. New this year, the 2009 chairman will pass the reins on to the 2010 chair of the board during this event. IAAPA Hall of Fame Awards will be presented as well, honoring those who have made great contributions to the industry at large. After the event concludes, buses will transport attendees from the Wynn Las Vegas to the Las Vegas Convention Center for the opening of the Expo at 10 a.m. Although the Kickoff Event is free with Expo registration, seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Opening Reception (6 – 7:30 p.m., Nov. 17), Renaissance Hotel—Sponsored by OmniTicket Network
Attendees are invited to celebrate their first busy day on the trade show floor with an evening at the Opening Reception complete with appetizers and music. Expo newcomers will make new contacts and industry veterans will reconnect with old friends. Separate registration for the Opening Reception is required. Ticket price: US$25.

General Managers and Owners’ Breakfast (8:30 – 9:45 a.m., Nov. 18), Renaissance Hotel
Matt Goldman, co-founder of Blue Man Group, will be the keynote speaker at the General Managers and Owners’ Breakfast. Blue Man Group will make a special appearance and Goldman will discuss how the group continues to create original entertainment and share its unique marketing tactics for such an unconventional attraction. The IAAPA Service Awards will also be presented during the breakfast, honoring members who have made a lasting impact on IAAPA and the industry. Separate registration required; tickets for the General Managers and Owners’ Breakfast are US$85.

IAAPA Bright Lights Party at LAX Nightclub (7 – 10 p.m., Nov. 19), Luxor Las Vegas
The true stand-out networking event for the week, the new IAAPA Bright Lights Party will take place at Las Vegas’ top nightclub, LAX. The IAAPA Bright Lights Party welcomes hundreds of industry professionals for music spun by a live DJ, heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and prime networking opportunities. The venue is a perfect way for exhibitors to treat clients after a day on the trade show floor and for facilities to host their employees for a high-spirited night out. And when the party ends at 10 p.m., party attendees are invited to stay until close at LAX Nightclub free of charge. Separate registration required; tickets are US$109. Sponsorships start at $5,000 and include a VIP suite and 10 complimentary tickets; contact Emily Popovich at EPopovich@IAAPA.org for information.

Top-Tier Industry Veterans and Thought Leaders Share Insight at Expo
The following learning sessions are free of charge and provide rare opportunities to hear legendary professionals discuss their experiences in the attractions industry and at the Expo.

  • Lunch and Learn Featuring the Oz Principle: Building an Accountable Culture, 12 – 2 p.m., Nov. 16, Las Vegas Convention Center
    Marcus Nicolls, publisher of the best-selling book “The Oz Principle,” will present the keynote speech at this luncheon where participants can learn the benefits of building a culture with corporate responsibility. Tickets are US$39.
  • Trade Show 101 and Social, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m., Nov. 16, Las Vegas Convention Center
    Phil Lindsey, vice president of exhibit and business development at The Health Museum in Houston, will kick off the Museum and Science Center Specialty Track with a humorous and helpful explanation of how newcomers from the museum and science center industry can tackle the trade show floor. Drinks and appetizers are provided in a relaxed end-of-day social. 
  • Keynote Luncheon—Yves Pépin: Engaging the Public’s Emotions, 12 – 2 p.m., Nov. 16, Las Vegas Convention Center
    Yves Pépin, CEO and artistic director of ECA2, which specializes in water screens, large-scale imagery, lasers, light, and fire, will explain the art of capturing the hearts and minds of audience members. Pépin has experience producing the Eiffel Tower 2000 fireworks, the 1998 World Cup ceremonies, and shows on multiple continents. This event is limited to museum, science center, zoo, and aquarium operators.
  • Disney Legends: Working with Walt, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m., Nov. 18, Las Vegas Convention Center
    A cast of Disney Legends will take the stage to reflect on their personal experiences working with Walt Disney and what they learned from his leadership. The panel includes famous contributors to the Disney reputation like Imagineer Marty Sklar, feasibility founder Harrison “Buzz” Price, technology wizard Bob Gurr, animator/sculptor Blaine Gibson, and songwriter Richard Sherman, who composed music for attractions like “It’s a Small World.”
  • Small Parks and Attractions Luncheon: Memories and Dreams—A Conversation with Peter Herschend, 12 – 2 p.m., Nov. 18, Las Vegas Convention Center—Sponsored by Siriusware, Inc.
    Peter Herschend, vice chairman of Herschend Family Entertainment Group and an IAAPA Hall of Fame member, will reflect on his company’s growth from a cave attraction in Branson, Missouri, to a conglomerate of 23 operations around the United States. He will focus on how family values have contributed to his success. Small park and attractions owners, operators, and employees, are encouraged to attend. Seating is limited.
  • Open Source Leadership—All of Us Are Smarter Than One of Us! 3:30 – 4:45 p.m., Nov. 18, Las Vegas Convention Center
    A panel will address increasing one’s personal leadership capacity—speakers include industry leaders on the forefront of success: Ron Morrison, CEO of The Docentus Group; Kim Schafer, CEO of Great Wolf Resorts; Bill Davis, president of Universal Orlando Resort; and Ron Sevart, president and CEO of the Seattle Space Needle. They will cover topics crucial to every attraction manager, including how to create high-impact guest satisfaction, increasing employee retention, and how to pull the facility’s brand into the operations.

Socials, Receptions, and Breakfasts Provide Targeted Networking Opportunities
The following receptions are ideal events for different IAAPA constituencies and geographic groups to meet, mingle, and network throughout the week. All events are free with open invitations, unless otherwise noted.

  • Zoo and Aquarium Day Social, 6 – 8 p.m., Nov. 16 at The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay—Sponsored by The Nassal Company; separate registration required for Zoo and Aquarium Day.
  • Waterpark & Resort Social, 6 – 9 p.m., Nov. 16, at the famous Hofbräuhaus—Sponsored byAmerican Locker Security Systems, Inc.ProSlide Technology Inc., and Whitewater West Industries Ltd.
  • Benelux Get-Together welcomes members from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., Nov. 16—Sponsored by Pleisureworld/Maxi Foto/Lagotronics/Van Assendelft & Partners
  • Young Professionals Get-Together for all young professionals in the industry, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Nov. 17; separate registration required
  • European Reception for IAAPA members from Europe and the European national associations, 6 – 7 p.m., Nov. 18
  • Carnival Amusement Industry and Showmen’s Reception hosts members of OABA/SLA and other showmen organization members, 5 – 7 p.m., Nov. 17
  • Family Entertainment Center Reception for FEC members to meet and celebrate the Top FECs of the World Awards, 6 – 8 p.m., Nov. 18, Las Vegas Convention Center—Sponsored byPrime Play by WhitewaterAmusement Advantage Mystery Shopping Services, and Rhode Island Novelty, Inc.
  • Latin American Reception for IAAPA members from Latin America, 6:15 – 8 p.m., Nov. 18—Sponsored by Bob’s Space Racers, Inc.
  • Asian Breakfast for attendees from Asia and the Asian national associations, 7:45 – 8:45 a.m., Nov. 19, Las Vegas Convention Center—Sponsored by S&S Worldwide, Inc.
  • Canadian Breakfast for Canadian attendees at IAAPA Attractions Expo, 7:45 – 8:45 a.m., Nov. 19, Las Vegas Convention Center

Professionals Share Experiences and Brainstorm Ideas at Roundtable Discussions

  • Marketing and Public Relations Managers Roundtable, 12 – 2 p.m., Nov. 17, Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Latin American Roundtable (Mesa Redonda en Español para Latinamérica), 12 – 2 p.m., Nov. 17, Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Food & Beverage Workshop and Roundtable, 5 – 6:15 p.m., Nov. 17, Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Financial Management and Information Technology Roundtable, 12 – 2 p.m., Nov. 18, Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Games Managers’ Roundtable, 12 – 2 p.m., Nov. 18, Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Portuguese Roundtable (Mesa Redonda em Português), 12 – 2 p.m., Nov. 19, Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Entertainment Managers Roundtable, 12 – 2 p.m., Nov. 19, Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Legal and Legislative Roundtable, 12 – 2 p.m., Nov. 20, Las Vegas Convention Center

Tickets to all events can be purchased through Expo registration, available atwww.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions/index.asp.

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 is the largest conference and trade show for the amusement park and attractions industry in the world. With its theme “Bright Lights, Big Show: The Main Attraction,” the show will take place for the first time in Las Vegas, and draw industry professionals from more than 85 countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20. The trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 20. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 offers a solid week of business and fun. The event also includes educational sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, marquee social events, and networking opportunities. This is the marketplace where amusement and attraction industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries gather to network, view the latest innovations, and plan for the future. For more information, visitwww.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions.

IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded 90 years ago, 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.


Downloadable images of LAX Nightclub and keynote speakers and any additional press information for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 can be found in the IAAPA Press Room,www.IAAPA.org/PressRoom.

Contact information:
IAAPA Press Office: +1 703/299-5127
Marion Hixon: mhixon@IAAPA.org
David Mandt: dmandt@IAAPA.org
Colleen Mangone: cmangone@IAAPA.org
Nicholas Wolaver: nicholas.wolaver@edelman.com