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Networking Opportunities Abound at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012

Networking Opportunities Abound at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012

(September 28, 2012) More than 25,000 attractions industry professionals will gather in Orlando this November to connect with colleagues and forge business-changing partnerships at the industry’s premier global business event, IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012.

The week-long conference and trade show, taking place from Nov. 12 – 16, will feature a full schedule of networking receptions, breakfasts and luncheons, facility tours, charity events, and more than 1,100 exhibiting companies, giving IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 attendees multiple venues to network with other industry professionals.

“Get out there, go to the events, meet the people, and get others to help show you around and introduce you because this is a great industry and these are great people to meet,” said Greg Hale, Vice President and Chief Safety Officer for the Walt Disney Company.

Seven receptions will be held for various groups Tuesday, Nov. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, including the Opening Reception (hosted in the IAAPA Theatre presented by the Wanda Group), Young Professionals Reception, Carnival and Showmen’s Reception, European Reception, FEC Reception, Latin American Reception, and Water Park Social. Each event requires a ticket and will offer hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soda. Additional information regarding tickets, times, locations, and transportation (if applicable) is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions/2012/events/Receptions.asp.

Breakfasts and Luncheons
Monday, Nov. 11, through Thursday, Nov. 14, there will be 10 breakfast and luncheon events designed to connect like-minded industry professionals and featuring some of the most respected people in the attractions business.
Breakfast and luncheon events include the Lunch and Learn with Tom Mehrmann, CEO, Ocean Park Hong Kong; Constituency Lunch for FECs: Food and Beverage Case Study; Latin American Conference and Lunch; Constituency Lunch for Museums and Science Centers featuring Don Skeoch, Chief Marketing Officer with LA Incorporated; GM and Owners’ Breakfast, featuring Jim Reid-Anderson, Chairman/President/CEO, Six Flags Entertainment Corp.; Constituency Lunch for FECs: Parties and Events; Constituency Lunch for Amusement Parks: Reinventing Coney Island; Canadian Breakfast; Asia-Pacific Breakfast; and Constituency Lunch for FECs: The FEC Roundtable Luncheon. A ticket is required for each event. Information regarding tickets, times, locations, and more is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions/2012/events/Luncheons.asp.

Facility Tours
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 features exclusive guided tours of several world-renowned attractions in the Orlando area. Tour locations include Fun Spot USA, Busch Gardens Tampa Animal Care Center, the Gaylord Palms Hotel, SeaWorld Orlando’s “Turtle Trek,” Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Give Kids The World Village, and Legoland Florida. You must purchase a ticket to attend the tours. More information about tickets, times, and locations is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions/2012/events/tours.asp.

IAAPA Celebrates at Universal Studios
IAAPA Celebrates will take place Thursday evening, Nov. 15, from 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. at Universal Studios Florida. It will provide event attendees a chance to experience some of the park’s newest attractions, including 4-D attraction “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” “The Simpsons Ride,” “Men in Black Alien Attack,” and “Shrek 4-D.” The night will also feature a showing of the new “Universal Cinematic Spectacular–100 Years of Movie Memories.”

IAAPA Celebrates is a separately ticketed event and Expo registration is required. More information about the event, transportation, and tickets are available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions/2012/events/universal.asp.

Charity Events
Beginning Sunday, Nov. 11, IAAPA will offer several opportunities to network with peers in a relaxed and fun setting while benefitting Give Kids The World (GKTW). Events include the 10th Annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament; the 3rd Annual IAAPA Motorcycle Ride; the 6th Annual IAAPA 5K/1K Fun Run and Walk, Footprints from the Heart; visits to the GKTW Village; and chances to win prizes. Additional information regarding registration, scheduling, location, and more is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions/2012/events/GKTW.asp.

A complete list of IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 Platinum, Gold, and Silver level sponsors is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/attractions/2012/exhibitor/Sponsors.asp. Information regarding additional sponsorship opportunities is available by contacting Emily Popovich at epopovich@IAAPA.org.

Note: Many networking events sell out. To ensure attendance, please purchase a ticket in advance. Options to attend separately ticketed events are available in the registration process.


About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 is the largest conference and trade show in the world for the attractions industry. With its theme “Game On!,” the show will highlight profitable strategies amusement park and attractions operators can implement to gain the competitive edge in the marketplace. The event will draw thousands of industry professionals from 100 countries. The trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 13, through Friday, Nov. 16. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 offers a full week of business opportunities and educational experiences, and features new ideas, products, and events. www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo

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. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong.


Editor’s Note: Some events may not be open to members of the press. Speakers are subject to change. Members of the press are not exempt from ticket requirements. Seating will be reserved for press covering breakfast or lunch events; however, if a member of the press partakes in the meal, a ticket is required.

Contact a member of the team: pressoffice@IAAPA.org or +1 703/299-5127
Scott Cahoon, Media Relations Assistant: scahoon@IAAPA.org
Colleen Mangone, Media Relations Manager: cmangone@IAAPA.org