IAAPA EMEA Spring Summit 2019 Presents Finnish and Russian Attractions
From exploring Finland’s oldest amusement park to learning about pricing strategies, the IAAPA EMEA Spring Summit 2019 program introduced more than 125 attractions industry professionals from 17 countries to popular attractions and experiences in Finland while highlighting valuable insights from industry experts. The sold-out two-day event in May included immersive tours of three unique facilities, which each featured presentations from attractions leaders.
Linnanmäki, an amusement park with more than 40 rides in Helsinki, Finland, owned by the Children’s Day Foundation, hosted attendees on the summit’s first day. Following a presentation from Pia Adlivankin, managing director of Linnanmäki, participants attended a seminar on dynamic pricing and heard from a panel including Franz Blechschmidt, founder and managing director of Smart Pricer; David Depenau, general manager of Weissenhäuser Strand; Stephanie Schaub, CEO of Hachez Chocoversum; and Andreas Sievering, CEO of Fort Fun.
On the morning of the event’s second day, General Manager Tom Selänniemi welcomed summit attendees to Haltia – The Finnish Nature Centre, an exhibition and event center in Espoo, Finland, and after lunch, participants arrived at Särkänniemi, an adventure destination in Tampere, Finland, that includes an amusement park, aquarium, planetarium, and observation tower. There, they heard from Särkänniemi CEO Miikka Seppälä, embarked on an EDUTour, attended a networking reception, and enjoyed dinner in revolving tower restaurant Näsinneula.
Attendees who took part in the two-day IAAPA EMEA Spring Summit 2019 Post Tour traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, where they experienced Divo Ostrov amusement park, an evening of Russian ballet at the Mariinsky Theater, and the State Hermitage Museum of Art and Culture.
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