IAAPA Virtual Conferences Coming to Regions Around the World
IAAPA’s regional teams have come together to create two new online events that will connect attractions industry professionals around the world and present valuable insights on leadership, operations, communications, innovation, and more. IAAPA Virtual Conference: The Americas will be held Sept. 2-3, and IAAPA Virtual Conference: EMEA and APAC will take place Sept. 22-24. The two virtual conferences—which will each present different content and speakers—will allow attendees to take part in live education sessions online from their homes or offices.
IAAPA Virtual Conference: The Americas
Sept. 2-3, 1 – 5:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
The two-day IAAPA Virtual Conference: The Americas will offer participants several keynote sessions, live Q&As, and opportunities to network with industry colleagues from North America and the Latin America, Caribbean region. Attendees will come away with ideas to refresh businesses and operations, with sessions covering emerging trends, company culture, crisis communications, cybersecurity, customer service, human resources, and disruptive innovation. Paulina Reyes, executive director and vice president, IAAPA Latin America, Caribbean, and John Hallenbeck, executive director and vice president, IAAPA North America, say they are excited to host the virtual conference as a partnership between the two regions.
The event will feature several speakers: Felipe Arteaga, vice president of quality and customer experience, Happyland; Teresa Cardenas, corporate department of information security manager, Grupo Xcaret; Leslie DaCruz, founder and principal, Stradeation Inc.; Linda Freeman, industry manager, Rockwell Automation; Greg Hale, vice president and chief safety officer, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Matt Heller, founder, Performance Optimist Consulting; Shaun McKeogh, founder and president, Attractions Academy; David McKillips, CEO, CEC Entertainment; Kevin McNulty, president and CEO, NetWeave Social Networking; Jim Pattison Jr., president, Ripley Entertainment; and Paul Pei, president, ParkAD LLC.
English and Spanish simultaneous translation will be provided.
IAAPA Virtual Conference: EMEA and APAC
Sept. 22-24, each day starting at
2 p.m. China Standard Time (CST)/
8 a.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST)
IAAPA Virtual Conference: EMEA and APAC will host more than 20 education sessions that cover three core topics: leadership, operations, and marketing.
“The event’s customized Virtual EDUTours and exclusive networking roundtables will create rich learning opportunities for attendees,” says June Ko, executive director and vice president, IAAPA Asia Pacific. “Top attractions executives will share how to steer an organization out of a storm and into success, taking bold steps to reshape an attraction and business with universally applicable skills.”
Presented in English, the three-day conference will be geared toward attractions leaders and executives in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) regions. In addition to education sessions, the virtual conference will also include Virtual EDUTours, offering a behind-the-scenes look at attractions.
Andreas Andersen, CEO, Liseberg, will discuss leading an organization through change, and Ali Alsuwaidi, chief operating officer, Global Village, will speak on continuity in leadership in an ever-changing facility. Pia Adlivankin, managing director, Linnanmäki, will host a Virtual EDUTour through the Finnish amusement park while discussing staff empowerment. (Learn more about Adlivankin on p. 50.)
Mario and Cynthia Mamon of Enchanted Kingdom Inc. will speak on organizing, building, and managing a theme park. Additionally, Eddie Newquist, partner and creative executive, MinaLima Los Angeles, will present on immersive experiences, while Shawn Welch, founder and chief equipping officer, Shawn Welch Company, will share the key characteristics of great leaders.
For more information about the two upcoming IAAPA Virtual Conferences, visit IAAPA.org/Events.