The IAAPA News Blog


As IAAPA supports the growth of its members’ businesses and careers, it also looks to help develop the next generation of industry leaders.
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Rooted in the French Alps—with the internationally known resorts of Alpe d’Huez, La Grave, and Les Deux Alpes—the SATA Group is reinventing the mountain experience for both summer and winter.
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For several years, the IAAPA Foundation has been working to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in the global attractions industry and aid them in their professional journeys by offering academic and experiential scholarships.
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IAAPA has made several efforts to keep IAAPA Expo sustainable and environmentally friendly across its planning, organization, venue, and execution.
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During IAAPA Expo 2022, three charity events will raise funds for Give Kids The World Village, an 89-acre, nonprofit resort in Kissimmee, Florida, that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to critically ill children and their families.
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Uniquely designed for attractions professionals, the Education Conference program at IAAPA Expo 2022 will run Nov. 14-17 and feature myriad sessions covering trends and topics from around the industry.
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IAAPA Expo’s business- and leadership-focused institutes and symposia create opportunities for industry newcomers, new managers, and human resources (HR) professionals to discover management best practices and professional development tools.
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Through the exciting lineup of special events at IAAPA Expo 2022, attendees can hear about the global attractions industry’s latest projects, learn from industry executives, and forge business connections with leaders.
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This November, IAAPA Expo 2022 is ready to inspire attractions industry professionals when they gather at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
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See photos from the most recent World's Fair
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Beloved Brazilian characters becomes part of a mobile art installation
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Sensory Access is a Seattle-based company that creates inclusion for people with hidden disabilities
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The IAAPA Foundation's mission is to inspire life-changing careers in the industry
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IAAPA Expo Europe 2022 will be held at ExCeL London from Sept. 12 to 15, with the trade show floor open from Sept. 13 to 15
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IAAPA Summit: Latin America, Caribbean and Post Tour 2022 showcased multiple attractions across Brazil
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Over 90 attendees came together for educational presentations, unique experiences, and networking opportunities
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Peter van der Schans discusses the upcoming London conference and trade show, set for Sept. 12-15 
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IAAPA EMEA Spring Summit 2022 touched on the attractions industry’s resiliency despite the struggles of recent years
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The deadline for applications is June 30, 2022
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The historical theme park brand is coming soon to China
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Michael Shelton has been promoted, and Peter van der Schans joins the team
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Three Dubai attractions, of all different backgrounds, shared insight on planning, design, and operation
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New attractions provide insight into design, sustainability, and operations
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The three-day event in Italy will offer networking, education, and exclusive tours
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View from 'Garden in the Sky' inspires as global expo takes a bow
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The Park Playground is a VR experience that can send guests of all ages on five different group-oriented adventures
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Connections, learning, and insight highlight first IAAPA event of 2022
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IAAPA Summit: Latin America, Caribbean is set to take place April 25-27
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IAAPA FEC Summit 2022 will head to Scottsdale, Arizona, for three days of education, connection, and fun, Jan. 23-25
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IAAPA's Board of Directors welcomes five new members to its ranks
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In October, attendees came from Belgium, the Netherlands, and France, representing attractions companies from around the globe
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The first Latin America, Caribbean Meet IAAPA took place in São Paulo, Brazil at the Jacarandá Restaurant and the second was held in Mexico City at Bistró Chapultepec Restaurant
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IAAPA Middle East Summit 2022, scheduled to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 21-23, will allow attendees to explore several attractions facilities across the region
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New IAAPA Member, Themics Philippines Inc., is a multifaceted company that creates themed architecture for attractions and leisure companies around the world
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As of Nov. 1, Wahl directly leads the operation of IAAPA’s regional offices, global sales, three global Expos, and additional member events around the world
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IAAPA EMEA Christmas Summit in Rust, Germany, was filled with color and entertainment


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Tips and suggestions for the best convention week ever
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On Dec. 9, attendees will gather at Europa-Park in Rust, Germany, for IAAPA EMEA Christmas Summit
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Returning to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, IAAPA Expo will bring together attractions industry professionals from Nov. 15 to 19
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Allianz Parque in São Paulo, Brazil has been welcoming thousands of spectators into its stadium since 2014
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IAAPA EMEA Spring Summit in Belgium offered attendees a unique opportunity to reconnect with peers while touring and learning from four facilities: Bellewaerde, Pairi Daiza, Plopsaland De Panne, and Walibi Belgium.
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Funworld previews the 2021 IAAPA Expo with exciting special events, engaging educational programs, and new opportunities down every aisle
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Golf, Run, and Walk to Support Give Kids The World Village with these charity events at IAAPA Expo
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IAAPA Expo's in-depth learning experiences offer unique opportunities to explore attractions management topics through
interactive, immersive sessions led by industry leaders and experts.
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Get exclusive access to Central Florida attractions through EDUTours
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We’re all different, and that’s normal!
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Expo Leadership Breakfast takes a twist
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In-person Expo welcomes the world
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PortAventura plays host to important conversation
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Climb aboard and join us for a look at the EDUTours to PortAventura during IAAPA Expo Europe.
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Inside the final preparations for IAAPA Expo Europe
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IAAPA Expo 2021 will be held Nov. 15 - 18. (Trade Show: Nov. 16 - 19)
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The Vancouver-based company creates experiential and escape room experiences
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Held in Barcelona, Spain, IAAPA Expo Europe will take place Sept. 27-30
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Summer's magic felt during a trip to Knoebels
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The award honors members who demonstrate a dedication to the attractions industry
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IAAPA Expo Asia heads to Shanghai, China, to reconnect attractions industry professionals
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Members gather for education, fellowship, and fun
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IAAPA gets sneak peek at new dining and entertainment concept
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New Intamin mega coaster debuts in style
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“IAAPA Safety Month: Latin America and the Caribbean” will present safety best practices, standards, and updates
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The Expo will present special events, a trade show floor, and more, Aug. 10-13
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A sneak peek inside Ocean Park Hong Kong's soon-to-open water park
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Reflections of an IAAPA Show Ambassador
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On April 5, 2021, IAAPA joined nearly 1,200 American businesses, U.S. Department of State designated program sponsors, US Travel, and many other trade associations, in urging President Biden to help prevent serious hiring shortage for the industry by addressing the concerns about the J-1 Visa program
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First in-person event for IAAPA Asia-Pacific in 2021
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Dippin’ Dots visits Team IAAPA
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Tracy Lanza shares the importance of marketing and content creation in inspiring a return to travel
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GKTW opens new ice cream parlor with help from IAAPA members
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New document designed to support members when speaking to government leaders
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Members and attractions professionals gathered at Ole Red Orlando at Icon Park

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IAAPA offers on-demand courses and industry training modules online
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The new program will transition to an assessment-based certification model
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Iconic water ski show returns to Legoland Florida Resort
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Conquering a fear of heights while helping Give Kids The World Village
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The summit will bring participants together for backstage tours and educational talks, June 29-July 1
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