What to Expect from Education Sessions at IAAPA Virtual Expo: Asia
With topics ranging from the today’s operating realities to the future of automation and digitization, the IAAPA Asia Pacific Education Subcommittee has put together a dynamic program of learning opportunities for IAAPA Virtual Expo: Asia, taking place July 28-30. As IAAPA’s first fully virtual education conference, the program offered new opportunities for the subcommittee to continue its mission of providing the industry with the information to succeed. We spoke with the subcommittee about how the program came together.
What should we expect from a completely online education conference program at IAAPA Virtual Expo: Asia?
The virtual education conference from IAAPA is just the solution to keep the attractions industry and IAAPA members connected, inspired, and moving forward. When travel restrictions are in place globally, what better way than engaging meaningfully online, in a dynamic and structured learning experience to keep us professionally developing. You should expect a range of exciting topics with something for everyone. Expect quality content, packed sessions, and live question-and-answer opportunities with global speakers.
How did the IAAPA Asia Pacific Education Subcommittee develop the sessions that will be featured?
We were actually in the best spot ever to support the development of the program. Our subcommittee had already done the hard work to prepare our biggest education program ever for IAAPA Expo Asia, which was to take place in Macao in June. When the wise decision was made to postpone IAAPA Expo Asia to 2021, we were actually in the best spot ever to quickly transition much of the same program to the virtual program. Our hardworking and dedicated group of volunteer committee members from across Asia Pacific selected the most fitting programs for a virtual setting and then began reaching out to industry professionals chosen from around the globe.
What topics will be highlighted in the sessions?
The virtual education conference program is extremely diverse. We strategically wanted to give all attendees a chance to experience the program so there is something there for everyone, including operation best practices, training, amusement safety, operations, revenue ideas, interactive edutainment, and an opportunity to listen to insights from inspiring industry CEOs.
Of particular note is a reference to the impact of COVID-19 in each topic area and, of course, the opportunity to engage with speakers during the live question-and-answer portion of the sessions.
What is the advantage of attending education sessions in this virtual format?
This is an opportunity to invite in your extended management and specialist teams from your attractions to participate in a quality industry-specific training program. There are many organizations that have already began scheduling their extended teams to register for free and participate in the program (Access to IAAPA Virtual Expo: Asia is free to all IAAPA members.) Never before has there been such an easy way for attractions industry professionals from around the world to connect and learn.
Why should we attend?
That’s a no brainer… 24-hour access throughout the week of IAAPA Virtual Expo: Asia and the opportunity to earn valuable IAAPA Certification. Participation in the general education program qualifies for up to eight hours of credit toward IAAPA Certification. That on its own is a great reason to register and participate. And, of course, listening and learning from the experienced and best in the attractions Industry, most of whom have worked in Asia Pacific and globally for years. Manufacturers and suppliers, operators, and industry consultants are all going to be there in the one place.
The IAAPA Asia Pacific Subcommittee members are: Yik Ho, Brigid Brinkley, Hans Lau, Jana Blackbourn, Alan Kwok, Anna Danau, Shaun McKeogh (Chair)