IAAPA APAC Safety Forum – Featuring Everland

Event Type: Education
Region: Asia Pacific
Venue: In-Person
Member Price: USD $99 | Nonmember Price: USD $149

(Registration price includes lunch, networking reception, and round-trip transportation to/from Seoul)

Safety is the attraction industry’s priority: safety for guests, safety for employees, and the safe operation of facility and equipment. Happening in South Korea's largest theme park, Everland, this one-day forum provides an opportunity for attractions operators and owners to come together to examine issues regarding creating and maintaining comprehensive safety programs, and to learn the latest developments and best practices in loss prevention, risk management and safety compliance issues. 

Experience three insightful sessions by seasoned industry leaders on evacuation type and procedures, strategy for crowd management safety and best practices for crowd control. As part of the forum, attendees will take part in exclusive behind-the-scenes tour in Everland. Networking opportunities will also be available for everyone to come together to make new connections.

Before the forum, get connected with industry peers at Bar Moxy, Moxy Seoul, March 22 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm KST. Mingle with fellow IAAPA members and industry friends over complimentary drinks and finger food and discover new opportunities in the region. View details of IAAPA Meetup: Seoul on the webpage here.

IAAPA APAC Safety Forum – Featuring Everland

Date: March 23, 2023 (Thurs)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Korea Standard Time (KST)
Venue: Cabin Hall, Home Bridge Cabin Hostel in Everland
Address: Everland, 199 Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea



Ikhyung Lee

Ikhyung Lee

Director, Safety & Technology Team

Ikhyung Lee, has experience in construction and safety over 25 years and has been worked in Everland Safety team for 7 years. 

 -Leader for Everland Safety & Technology team since 2016.

Joe Relich

Joe Relich

Sr. Vice President, Technical Services
Universal Studios Japan

Joe Relich is Sr. Vice President of Technical Services, Universal Studios Japan.  He is responsible for supporting the Resort Operation by providing professional services for maintenance and servicing of the Theme Park, Parking, and Resort Common Area, including Infrastructure, Utilities, Area Development, Facilities, and Ride/Show Systems.   

Joe has over 35 years of amusement park experience leading projects and organizations for both Universal Studios and Disney. His Engineering career started at Disneyland providing engineering support to attractions maintenance and operations teams.   He was provided an opportunity to work with Walt Disney Imagineering on the development of Disney’s California Adventure, providing design input for the maintenance and sustainability of the developing attractions.  He was then promoted to lead the Sustaining Engineering Team for the Disneyland Resort.

Looking to expand his knowledge and experience, he joined Walt Disney World Resort leading the Quality Engineering team then later assuming the management of Worldwide Attraction Safety over multiple global projects.  Joe joined Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016 as Vice President of Engineering and Quality Assurance where he oversaw Attraction and Show Program Asset Sustainment, Attraction/Facility Engineering, Quality Engineering and Quality Control. His role includes leading the strategy to enhance safety, reliability, experience and drive lower cost of ownership through innovative predictive maintenance technologies.

In 2018 Joe was asked to lead the Technical Services division for the Universal Beijing Resort. After building a strong technical team and successfully leading the turnover and acceptance of all facilities and attractions from UPR and JV partners, Joe was promoted to SVP, Operations and Technical Services prior to the grand opening of UBR where he lead a team of nearly 5000 Team Members to support the operation, maintenance and sustainment of the 4 square kilometer resort. 

Joe graduated from California State Long Beach with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He holds a Professional Engineering license in California and Florida. He resides in Kobe with his wife while his two adult children live and work in Orlando, Florida. 

Raj Vaitlinggam

Raj Vaitlinggam

Health Safety & Security Director
Legoland Korea Resort

Raj is currently Health, Safety & Security Director, Legoland Korea since Jun 2022. Practiced OHS in variety of industry prior to joining amusement industry. Currently, IAAPA APAC safety sub-chairperson.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a VISA travelling to South Korea?
(Updated as of Mar 9, 2023)

VISA requirements vary depending on the traveller's nationality, we encourage you to contact your country’s embassy for the most up to date information. Note that from Sep 2021, nationals of visa waiver countries and designated visa-free countries MUST obtain ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) before entering The Republic of Korea. For more information about K-ETA, visit the Korea Electronic Travel Authorization page.

Do I need to a PCR test to attend this event?
(Updated as of Mar 9, 2023)

Currently there are no PCR test or quarantine requirements for visitors entering Korea. For more information, visit the Korea Travel Safety Guidelines page.

Can I drive myself to Everland?
Yes. For those who wish to drive themselves to Everland, the nearest parking garage is at Cabin Hostel and there will be no parking charge. For the navigation, you can search 캐빈호스텔 = Cabin Hostel to reach our forum venue.
Everland Map
Where do I collect the badge for the event?
Badge collection will be available Mar 23(Thurs) 09:00-09:30am KST at the lobby of Le Méridien Seoul, Myeongdong. If you are travelling to Everland by yourself, please collect your badge at the forum venue at the Cabin Hall, Home Bridge Cabin Hostel in Everland at 11:00am KST.
Where do we board transportation for the event?
Buses will depart from Le Méridien Seoul, Myeongdong at Level B1, located in front of the hotel entrance at 09:30 KST. Buses will leave on time to keep the schedule so please be prompt. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time.
Will there be simultaneous interpretation for the forum?
Yes, simultaneous interpretation (English <> Korean) for the 3 education sessions.
Is there a dress code for the event? 
Dress code for this event is business casual. We expect fall weather with an average temperature varying between 5 and 20 degrees Celsius. We advise bringing a jacket  as the temperature can be chilly. Please also wear comfortable shoes for the guided tours.
Who should I contact if I have a question that isn't covered here or requires additional information?
Please contact Cyrus Cheung.


The registration fee for the forum does not include accommodation. We have selected the Le Méridien Seoul, Myeongdong, and  Moxy Seoul, Myeongdong as the official hotels for the event. Attendees of the event can enjoy a special rate for room booking as below, please fill in the Credit Authorization Form and email it to [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected].

  • Le Meridien Seoul Myeongdong (Deluxe King): KRW 270,000/night
  • Moxy Seoul Myeongdong (Queen): KRW 115,000/night
  • Validity: March 20th - March 24th
*The above rates are subject to a 10% government tax only
*The above rates are quoted based on a per room per night basis