Tom Williams, Universal Parks & Resorts Chairman and CEO, To Address Attractions Industry Leaders at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010 in Orlando

For Immediate Release

Tom Williams, Universal Parks & Resorts Chairman and CEO,
To Address Attractions Industry Leaders
at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010 in Orlando


(July 9, 2010) –The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) today announced Tom Williams, Universal Parks & Resorts chairman and CEO will be the keynote speaker at the General Managers' and Owners' Breakfast at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010. The event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m., in Room S320 of the Orange County Convention Center.

The General Managers' and Owners' Breakfast, sponsored by CNL Lifestlyle Company, LLC,provides a forum for attractions industry professionals to learn from the experiences of successful top-level industry leaders. This year, participants will benefit from Tom Williams’ more than 40 years' experience in the hospitality industry. He joined Universal Studios Florida in 1987 as part of the project’s opening team and led the group that designed and developed all operational aspects for the new theme park, which opened in 1990.

Williams has served as chairman and CEO since September 1999. He oversees Universal Studios Parks & Resorts, including Universal Studios Hollywood theme park and Universal CityWalk in Hollywood, California; as well as Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida, which consists of Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, three hotels, and Universal CityWalk.

He also oversees the international operations of Universal Parks & Resorts in Japan and Singapore, and the development of theme parks in Dubai and South Korea. He is a graduate of California State University in Fresno, California.

“We are thrilled to have Tom Williams as our keynote speaker at the General Mangers' and Owners' Breakfast less than six months after opening of the highly anticipated Universal Studios Singapore and Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure," said Charlie Bray, CEO and president of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. "Tom will provide a fresh perspective on adding a large, multifaceted area to a well-established park, as well as offer the wisdom he has gained working for more than 40 years in the hospitality industry.”

While the event is geared toward executive and management-level professionals, it is open to all IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010 registered participants. Tickets for the General Managers' and Owners' Breakfast are US$85 for members and US$119 for nonmembers in addition to expo registration.

Information regarding purchasing tickets and attendee registration is available

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010 is the largest conference and trade show for the amusement park and attractions industry in the world. With its theme “It’s All Here: The Thriving Marketplace for the Attractions Industry,” the show will take place in Orlando, Florida, and draw 25,000 industry professionals from more than 90 countries to the Orange County Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Nov. 19. The trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 19. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010 offers a solid week of business and fun. The event includes educational sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, networking opportunities, and social events. This is the gathering place for attraction industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries to view the latest innovations, plan for the future, learn from each other, and network. More information is available at

IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded more than 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.


Editors Note:
A photo of Tom Williams is available for download HERE.
A high-resolution of Universal Parks & Resorts logo is available HERE.

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