IAAPA Asia Pacific Summit
Join industry peers from Asia Pacific region for a unique 3-day opportunity to participate in high-level networking, to get inspired from carefully chosen presentations, and to experience the world-class attractions in Hainan, China.
Hainan Island is a popular leisure destination in China, known as the "Hawaii of China". It received over 70 million tourists last year with its tropical climate and beautiful beaches.
Register now to learn proven strategies, share best practices and network with industry colleagues as we go behind the scenes of Hainan's most famous attractions. Participants will earn credit hours toward IAAPA certification.
Transportation: The program begins in Haikou City and ends in Sanya City, so it is recommended your travel arrangements reflect the different arrival and departure cities. Transportation is provided for all facility tours throughout the program. High Speed Bullet train is included for transit from Haikou to Sanya. And transportation is provided for round-trip between Sanya and Lingshui.
Food and Beverage: Includes THREE (3) lunches and TWO (2) receptions.
Your Fee Includes
Educational Presentations throughout the program
Facility tours at Mission Hills Haikou, Tuesday 15 October
Facility tours at Atlantis Sanya, Wednesday 16 October
Facility tours at Hainan Ocean Paradise, Thursday 17 October
Three lunches and Two networking receptions
Accommodation is NOT INCLUDED in the conference fee...To reserve accommodation, see hotel section below and contact them directly to hold the room. Reservations should be made soon, as space may not be available later.
You can always contact IAAPA APAC for more info.
Aaron Glade has spent the past decade developing and optimizing entertainment in both the USA and abroad in Asia’s hottest entertainment destination; Macau. After a decade of working with Cedar Fair DBA Valleyfair Amusement Park, Aaron moved to Macau to help launch new Entertainment Operations for Studio City, Macau where he currently oversees Attraction Operations and Attraction’s Retail.
Aaron has presented on the topics of Entertainment and Attractions for; State University of New York (Buffalo), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, McNally Smith College of Music, and Macau University of Science & Technology’s East-West Institute for Advanced Studies.
Alan brings with him over 30 years of experience in waterpark, theme park and attractions business operations with the past 23 years in Asia. Alan began his career at Wet ‘n’ Wild Waterpark, Australia before working as a core member of the Warner Village Theme Park Group operations team, holding key management positions at Warner Bros. Movie World and Seaworld Australia. Alan brought his expertise to Asia to open China’s first waterpark in 1996 and has since developed and operated numerous world class waterparks and themeparks throughout Asia.
Alan is highly respected within the industry, especially for this understanding of and experience within Asia and particularly the Chinese markets. Projects that he worked on in Asia include: Chimelong Water Park, Beijing Watercube Waterpark , Sunway Lagoon, Ramayana Water Park & Cartoon Network Amazon. Alan is currently the Vice President of Marine and Waterpark at Atlantis Resort Sanya.
Alan’s waterpark projects have also been recognized globally receiving many prestigious leading industry awards for their development and operations plus Alan was personally awarded the World Waterpark Association Executive Board Award 2011 in recognition to his work in Asia and elected onto the Board of Directors for the World Waterpark Association in 2012.
Originally from Tennessee, the land of hospitality, Anna is Managing Director of Hospitality Intelligence LLC, a safety, operations, and guest service consultancy company in the amusement & attractions industry and an associate with International Ride Training, focused on ride operator certification and auditing in the Asian Pacific region. She has been living in Vietnam for the past three years, working with Attractions partners across Asia to boost safety standards, improve training methods, and execute world-class operations. Additionally, she works with partners who are interested in using technology to improve safety and partners who seek to work across cultures while maintaining world class safety and guest service.
Anna carries over ten years of global affairs & international business experience across a variety of entities, with missions spanning from international government development, diplomacy, intelligence, and security & defense, to food & beverage, restaurant & cafe, tourism & travel, and attractions. Most recently, she served as a Strategy Manager for the international offices of a large U.S. firm. In this role, she provided market, customer, and competitive intelligence analysis to support business development efforts. Moreover, Anna trained the international offices on the application of cultural awareness, historical context, and current global environment issues to strategy design. She now applies her intelligence and international business backgrounds to the global hospitality and attractions industries.
Anna is certified in Levels I & II SCIP (Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professional) certifications, and a graduate of the Thunderbird Global Business Executive Program. She holds a bachelor's degree in International Affairs/Sociocultural Anthropology from The George Washington University and a master's degree in Foreign Service/Security Studies from Georgetown University.
David Rosenberg, ICAE
David Rosenberg is the Vice President, Monterey Bay Aquarium. In his role, he chairs the Visitor Experience Steering Committee, which is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of all aspects of the aquarium experience. David is credited with transforming the aquarium’s guest experience into the industry benchmark for excellence. Hosting over 2 million visitors annually, the Aquarium is recognized throughout the world as both a leading attraction and a global force for ocean conservation. The aquarium is applauded for its outstanding exhibits and live programming, which are key to communicating its mission to inspire conservation of the ocean.
After graduating from the University of Arizona, Mr. Rosenberg’s career began at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. He then rose to the executive ranks of Hyatt Hotels Corporation at some of their top properties in the United States. In 2007, Mr. Rosenberg returned to the attractions industry and took on his newly created position at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Mr. Rosenberg is the 2019 Chairman of the Board of Directors for IAAPA. He has also served on several of IAAPA’s committes including the Global Membership Committee, the Zoo and Aquarium Committee and several other constituency committees. He is an IAAPA Certified Attractions Executive. In 2015, he was awarded IAAPA’s prestigious “Outstanding Service Award” for his contributions to the global attractions industry. He is highly involved in the hospitality community and served on the Executive Committee for Monterey County Hospitality Association, an organization representing attractions, golf courses, hotels and resorts throughout Northern California. Additionally, he sits on the Academic Advisory Committee for California State University, Monterey Bay, is an active member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and recently finished his term on the Board of Directors for “Voices for Children”. He has authored articles on methods to drive the visitor experience and has been a featured speaker at industry conferences and symposiums throughout the world. His hobbies include SCUBA Diving, triathlons, marathons and mountain biking throughout Monterey County.
Trained as an architect, Evi has 15 years of experience in leading multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural creative processes. She has held senior production design management roles in the Chinese film and theatre industries, and currently leads all creative aspects of Nickelodeon Experience Design in Asia, including the development of theme parks, lands, and attractions, for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN).
Nickelodeon, one of the world’s largest brands for kids, creates experiences in partnership with premier leisure developers worldwide. Currently, there are Nickelodeon attractions, resorts and touring shows on nearly every continent around the globe.
Before joining Viacom, Evi served as senior Creative Director for Thinkwell Asia, delivering heritage attractions, theme parks and resorts for clients such as Lionsgate, Cartoon Network, BAIC Ferrari World China, Geely Volvo Automotive, Evergrande Group, MGM China and China Merchants Group.
Evi also served as Senior Creative Director for Tim Yip Studio, the Oscar-winning production design team behind “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” directed by Ang Lee. With Tim Yip Studio, Evi worked on projects such as” Red Cliff”, a John Woo & China Film Group production, the Netflix series “Marco Polo” and “The Han Show” by Franco Dragone & the Wanda Group.
Hani Salama was born in Cairo, Egypt and a native speaker of Arabic. However, he spent most of my working life in Middle East countries before he moved from Oman to Hainan in June last year, and became bilingual both in Arabic and English for working with team members from all over the world.
In 2003, he started his career in waterpark operations in Dubai. Since then, he has worked for different waterparks in different countries for more than 15 years, including Hainan R&F Ocean Paradise for now, and the previous Hawana Aqua Park in Oman, Al Montazah Amusement & Waterpark in Sharjah, Lost Paradise of Dilmun Waterpark in Bahrain, and Wild Wadi Waterpark in Dubai. It is a process of getting more and more skills and experience, which includes communication and problem-solving skills, ability to work in a fast pace office environment, organization and project management skills as well as the ability to manage and complete multiple tasks at a time. Daily on-site operation and hard trainings contribute a lot to my profession and confidence of taking lead of his team in right ways. By professional trainings, he achieved Ellis & Associates Certificate, National Pool Lifeguard Instructor Qualification, Al Montazah Swimming Team Instructor of UAE Lifeguard Championship, etc.
He is plainly a down to earth type of person with a fire to succeed in everything that he does. With a strong sense of professionalism and responsibility, he likes to handle challenging tasks, and enjoy meeting and working with people of all levels. His prospect is always providing a safe, efficient and happy operational environment for the guests.
Scott Deisley is the Managing Director of SST, joining in February 2016. SST, a risk management, water safety and training consultancy based in Dubai is the exclusive provider of Jeff Ellis & Associates products and services outside the United States. Scott has been working in the hospitality and amusement industries for over 30 years, starting as a licensed Lifeguard in 1987 at Raging Waters, Mariner’s Landing in Wildwood, New Jersey, USA.
Most recently Scott served as Vice President of Waterpark Operations for Atlantis the Palm in Dubai, and has held management roles with industry giants such as Jumeirah/Wild Wadi, Palace Entertainment, the Morey Organization and Schlitterbahn.
Scott’s has enjoyed a long relationship with Ellis & Associates, which has progressed over the years. He received his Instructor License in 1990 in Texas. Scott served as a member of faculty for the International Aquatic Safety School (IASS) and later as a Director. He was made an Associate and later a Senior Associate, and is now a recipient of the Legacy of Service Award, issued only to Associates with 20 plus years of service to Ellis & Associates. He has also served as an Auditor and member of the textbook review committee.
Since joining SST, Scott has been part of the team that launched IASS East, which brings the Safety School experience to the eastern hemisphere. IASS East has been held in the UAE for the past three years. It is Scott’s personal mission to help raise the bar in aquatic safety around the world.
Scott serves on the IAAPA Waterpark Committee, having joined in 2019.
With almost 30 years experience at Village Roadshow Theme Parks (VRTP), in various capacities of managing, operating and marketing their signature portfolio of Theme Parks and Attractions around the world, it’s safe to say Selena Magill loves her job!
Her career has spanned across countries around the world including Warner Bros. Movie World Australia, Wet‘n’Wild Gold Coast, Sea World Australia, Warner Bros. Movie World Germany, Australian Outback Spectacular, Paradise Country, Wet’n’Wild Phoenix, Las Vegas, Sydney, Haikou, and now Lionsgate Entertainment World, Zhuhai, Hengqin China.
Selena has been experiencing the evolution of the Theme Park industry first-hand having started her career at Warner Bros. Movie World Australia in 1991 in Show & Entertainment and working in almost every department as she made her way through the ranks from Front Line to General Manager.
It’s only fitting that she now finds herself in China, in the role of General Manager for Lionsgate Entertainment World, part of the Lai Sun Hengqin Novotown project, designed and conceptualised by Thinkwell. This new vertical indoor park, operated by VRTP, brings alive Lionsgate Studio film franchise favourites such as: The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games, Now You See Me, Divergent, Escape Plan and Gods of Egypt. Filled with signature dining, themed retail and interactives and high tech, first of their kind interactive and immersive rides and attractions, this new park is truly the future of themed entertainment.
Tenniel Chu is a pioneer in the China sports and leisure tourism industry. He has been at the forefront of ground-breaking ventures across golf, tennis, football, basketball and more, driven by a mission to bring China to the world and the world to China.
Born in 1976 in Hong Kong, Tenniel is the Vice Chairman of Mission Hills Group, the owner and operator of the world’s largest golf and tourism facility, with luxury resorts in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Haikou, Yunnan and Chongqing and a profile that is global in its reach.
Upon graduating with a degree in economics from the University of Toronto in Canada, Tenniel pursued his passion for golf by studying Professional Golf Management at Humber College. On completing his studies, he was recruited by the US PGA TOUR, the world’s most famous professional golf tour, to head up operations at their TPC Sawgrass headquarters in Florida.
In 2001, he joined the family business and now oversees the overall operations and development of Mission Hills. Under Tenniel’s leadership, the organisation has both met and exceeded international standards to become the benchmark for golf, football, basketball, tennis, boxing and marathon, building sports empire in China.
Yik has over 10-year experience in Integrated Hotel Resort with over 8 years of managerial experience in hospitality industry with the past 10 years in Macau.
Yik began his career as Fitness Instructor in a rebranded hotel with a large club house operating the recreational facilities in 2008. He worked as a Supervisor, Pool and Leisure in Hard Rock Hotel Macau in 2009 for preopening team in the Spa and Resort. In late 2010, he took on a Manager role in Resort Services department in Galaxy Macau for 1st phase opening with the company. During the fast progression of integrated resort project development in the company, Yik was promoted to Executive Manager during the 2nd phase opening and current position Assistance Vice President since late 2016 working on-going development with the company expansion for over 8 years.
Yik is an experienced young leader in the hospitality industry in Hong Kong and Macau. Currently he is one of our members serving the IAAPA APAC'S Education Subcommittee.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Presentation: Reflections on Leadership for the attractions Industry
Attractions Leadership Panel - Career Personal Branding
June Ko (moderator), Anna Danau, Evi Sari, Selena Magill
Facility Tour - Mission Hills
Barça Experience Haikou, NBA Experience, Wet ’n’ Wild Haikou, Huayi Brother Feng Xiaogang Movie Town
Train transport from Haikoudong Station to Sanya Station
Lunch and Learn: Safety Panel
Scott Deisley (moderator), Alan Mahony, Hani Salama, Yik Ho
Facility Tour – Atlantis Sanya
Aquaventure Waterpark, Lost of Chambers Aquarium, Dolphin Cay
Depart for Hainan Ocean Paradise
Presentation - Hainan Ocean Paradise
Simon Chu, Vincent Pijnenburg
Presentation - The Business of Sustainability
Presentation - Lean Principles of management
2: 00 p.m.
Facility Tour - Hainan Ocean Paradise
Mytikas Waterpark, Rescue Centre
The program begins in Haikou and ends in Sanya, so it is recommended travel arrangements reflect the different arrival and departure cities.
The special room rates displayed below are ONLY for program attendees. A registration confirmation email is required to book your accommodation. Due to limited availability, we recommend you to book your rooms upon the completion of your registration.
The room rates are displayed in Chinese Yuan. Currency fluctuates daily. For an accurate conversion as of today's date, please calculate using the current market conversion rate with the rates below.
- Mission Hills Resort Haikou
Address: No.1 Mission Hills Boulevard, Longhua, Haikou, China
Suggested Dates to Stay: October 14 to October 16 (2 nights)
Special Rate: RMB 650/room/night staying in Deluxe Room including daily breakfast buffet for 2 and unlimited access to mineral spring. Room upgrades available at additional cost.
For hotel reservation, please contact Mr. Shawn Ooi at [email protected].
Address: No. 36, Haitang Bay, Sanya, China
Suggested Dates to Stay: October 16 to October 17 (1 night)
Special Rate: RMB1480/room/night staying in Ocean View Room including daily breakfast buffet for 2.
- Albion Residence Haitang Bay Sanya
Address: No. 38, Haitang Bay, Sanya, China
Suggested Dates to Stay: October 16 to October 17 (1 night)
Special Rate: RMB 600/room/night staying in Superior Apartment with Sea View including daily breakfast buffet for 2.