IAAPA Middle East Trade Summit 2024

Abu Dhabi, UAE

 Join us for this exclusive event and network with local stakeholders, learn about the latest trends in the attractions industry in the region and discover the products from a selected group of companies. Plus, have the opportunity to visit some of Miral’s unique experiences like the brand-new SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

 

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Pricing

 

Package Price (€)

Full Summit

Includes:
 

  • Access to Trade Connections area on 23 and 24 January
  • Access to conference program
  • Two networking lunches
  • Three networking dinners
  • Four EDUTours (SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, and Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi) 

IAAPA Member
 

Facility Operator
795€
(VAT incl.)

 

Non-Exhibiting
Supplier / Additional Exhibitor Staff

795€
(VAT incl.)

Limited to one person per company

Limited capacity

Nonmember
 

Facility Operator
999€
(VAT incl.)

 

Non-Exhibiting
Supplier / Additional Exhibitor Staff

999€
(VAT incl.)

Limited to one person per company

Limited capacity

Trade Connections Two-Day

Includes:

 

  • Access to Trade Connections area on 23 and 24 January
  • Access to conference program  

Complimentary*

      *Despite the fact it is complimentary, registration is required.

 

Agenda
 

15:00-16:00 | Registration

Location: Abu Dhabi

16:00-16:30 | *Transfer to Yas Waterworld Yas Island Abu Dhabi

Location: Abu Dhabi

16:30-18:00 | *Welcome and EDUTour Yas Waterworld Yas Island Abu Dhabi

Location: Abu Dhabi

18:00-18:15 | Walk to Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

Location: Abu Dhabi

18:15-20:00 | *EDUTour Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

Location: Abu Dhabi

20:00-22:00 | *Dinner and transfer to hotel

Location: Abu Dhabi

9:30 | Registration

Location: Abu Dhabi

10:00-10:30 | Keynote Welcome to Yas Island & Managing World-Class Destinations

Location: Abu Dhabi

In this insightful keynote, the CEO of Miral will unveil the ambitious vision for Yas Island, transcending beyond the traditional scope of theme parks and hotels. This presentation delves into the strategic development of Yas Island into a cohesive and complete destination, emphasizing its unique blend of entertainment, culture, and hospitality. The talk will highlight the innovative approaches and long-term planning involved in evolving Yas Island into a world-class destination, setting new benchmarks in the industry.

 

Learning objectives:

 

1. Innovative Destination Development: strategies used to transform Yas Island into a dynamic and holistic destination.

 

2. Exploring the integration of diverse elements like culture, entertainment, and lifestyle to create a unique visitor experience.

 

3. Cohesive Vision and Execution: Understanding the importance of a unified vision in developing and managing world-class destinations.

 

4. Long-Term Impact and Sustainability: Strategies for ensuring the long-term sustainability and continued evolution of Yas Island as a premier global destination.

10:30 – 11:05 | Panel Managing World-Class Destinations

Location: Abu Dhabi

 

This panel discussion brings together a diverse group of influential operators and stakeholders from various renowned destinations. The panelists will share their unique insights and experiences in developing and managing top-tier attractions and locations around the world. This interactive session will explore various perspectives on destination development, including challenges faced, innovative strategies employed, and visions for the future. The discussion aims to foster a comprehensive understanding of what makes a destination truly world-class, drawing parallels and contrasts to the vision outlined for Yas Island.

 

Learning objectives:

 

1. Cross-Destination Insights: A comparative analysis of different world-class destinations and their development strategies.

 

2. Challenges and Solutions: Sharing of challenges faced in destination development and the innovative solutions implemented.

 

3. Collaboration and Competition: Examining the roles of collaboration and competition in elevating a destination's status on the global stage.

 

4. Future Trends: Discussing emerging trends and the importance of sustainability in destination development Panel Speakers:

  • Julien Kauffmann, CEO, Miral Experiences
  • Liam Findlay, DEO, Miral Destinations
  • Doug Stagner, Executive Director, SEVEN
  • Olivia Wyrick, Senior Director, Six Flags Qiddiya (moderator)
11:05 – 12:00 | Panel Tech-Enhanced Destination Management: Embedding Digital Innovations for Superior Experiences

Location: Abu Dhabi

Focusing on innovative strategies and tools, it delves into how technology can not only streamline operations but also significantly enhance the visitor experience. From smart tourism solutions to data-driven decision-making, the discussion will provide insights into integrating cutting-edge technologies for effective and sustainable destination management.

Learning objectives: 1. Smart Tourism Technologies: Understanding how IoT, AI, and mobile platforms are transforming visitor experiences and operational efficiency in destination management. 2. Data-Driven Insights: Leveraging big data analytics for personalized visitor experiences and predictive strategies in destination planning and marketing. 3. Innovative Visitor Engagement: Examining the role of augmented and virtual reality in creating immersive and interactive experiences for tourists, enhancing engagement and satisfaction.

 

Panel Speakers:

  • Paul Hamilton, General Manager, National Aquarium Abu Dhabi
  • Raed Kuhail, Executive Director of Digital and Technology, Miral
  • Davide Camaiora, Managing Director, Vivaticket (moderator)

 

12:00 – 12:30 | Keynote: IAAPA EMEA - 2022 European Ride Safety Report Middle East: Exclusive Insights and Discussion

Location: Abu Dhabi

IAAPA presents the first edition of the IAAPA Ride Safety Report specifically tailored for the Middle East region. This report, an expansion of the successful global IAAPA Ride Safety Report system, offers a comprehensive and detailed analysis of ride-related incidents in theme and leisure parks across the Middle East. Attendees will gain exclusive insights into the volume, nature, and underlying causes of ride accidents in the region, a first-of-its-kind data compilation in the Middle East. Conducted and managed by Choice Insight on behalf of IAAPA, this report is a cornerstone of understanding and improving ride safety. Choice Insight have conducted the European report since 2012. The session will guide attendees through the details of the report, highlighting key findings, trends, and safety benchmarks that define the current state of amusement park safety in Europe. Following the presentation, the session will open up for a Q&A segment, allowing attendees to engage directly with the speaker, ask questions, and gain deeper insights into the data and its implications for the industry.

Learning objectives:

 

1. Analysis of Ride Incidents: Detailed insights into the frequency, types, and causes of ride-related accidents in the Middle East.

2. Safety Trends and Standards: Key findings on current safety trends and benchmarks in European amusement parks, relevant to the Middle East.

3. Interactive: Opportunities for attendees to ask questions and discuss the implications of the data for industry safety practices. Keynote Speaker:

 

  • Alan Love, Director, Choice Insight Ltd

 

12:30-13:00 | *Lunch

Location: Abu Dhabi

13:00-17:00 | Trade Connections

Location: Abu Dhabi

17:00-18:00 | Break

Location: Abu Dhabi

18:00-18:30 | *Transfer to Ferrari World Yas Island Abu Dhabi

Location: Abu Dhabi

18:30-20:00 | *EDUTour Ferrari World Yas Island Abu Dhabi

Location: Abu Dhabi

20:00-22:00 | *Dinner and transfer to hotel

Location: Abu Dhabi

09:30 | Registration

Location: Abu Dhabi

10:00-11:00 | Conference 1

Location: Abu Dhabi

11:00-12:00| Conference 2

Location: Abu Dhabi

12:00-13:00 | *Lunch

Location: Abu Dhabi

13:00-17:00 | Trade Connections

Location: Abu Dhabi

17:00-18:00 | Break

Location: Abu Dhabi

18:00-18:30 | *Transfer to SeaWorld Yas Island Abu Dhabi

Location: Abu Dhabi

18:30-20:00 | *EDUTour SeaWorld Yas Island Abu Dhabi

Location: Abu Dhabi

20:00-22:00 | Dinner and end of event

Location: Abu Dhabi

*Transfers, EDUTours, Lunch are Included in Full Summit Package only.

For more details regarding sponsorship opportunities contact Annadora Buonocore.

 

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