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Asian Attractions Expo 2016 Education Conference to Feature Presentations by International Experts

Asian Attractions Expo 2016 Education Conference to Feature Presentations by International Experts
Asian Attractions Expo 2016 Education Conference to Feature Presentations by International Experts
The Asian Attractions Expo 2016 will be hosting an Education Conference that is set to feature presentations by a number of international experts.

Respected industry experts from around the globe will present information and lead thought-provoking discussions about the latest trends and best practices in the attractions industry as part of the education conference at Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2016.

The conference offers participants 11 seminars on a variety of topics making it the most comprehensive AAE education program to date. AAE 2016, which takes place 13–16 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in China, is owned and produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

The AAE 2016 education conference spans three days and provides real-world examples to improve operations and drive business in intellectual property use, cultural sensitivity and regional awareness, safety, revenue generation, facility excellence, human resources, and more.

Expert speakers include:
  • Doug Akers, ICAE, Director, Operations, International Operations, Universal Parks and Resorts
  • Sarah Bruno, Partner in Advertising, IP, and Cyber Security Groups, Arent Fox Law Firm
  • Jonathan Casson, Director of Business Development, 20th Century Fox – LBE
  • Randy Ewing, Vice President of Design, Thinkwell
  • Dio Ho, Director of Design, Whitewater West
  • Brad Loxley, Senior Amusement Park Manager, Luna Park Australia
  • Matthias Li, ICAE, Deputy Chief Executive, Ocean Park Hong Kong
  • Jim Pattison, Jr., ICAE, President, Ripley Entertainment, Inc.
  • Anthony Van Dam, Executive Vice President, Forrec
  • Phil Zhong , Head of Operations, Shanghai Whitewater

In addition, attendees can participate in the IAAPA Safety Institute and the IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers.

The IAAPA Safety Institute takes place on 13 June and provides an opportunity for attractions operators and owners to learn about the latest developments and best practices in ride safety standards, loss prevention, risk management, ride design, and safety compliance. The IAAPA Safety Institute at AAE 2016 will also examine best practices in water park operations and water park safety.

The IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers is a two-and-a-half-day program, 11-13 June, that blends classroom instruction and case studies with field work in five core areas: finance, marketing, leadership, facility operations and safety, and revenue operations. The institute is designed for industry professionals with less than five years of management experience who are interested in advancing their career.

All of the education sessions available at AAE 2016 are eligible for credit toward IAAPA Certification, the new official mark of professional achievement in the global attractions industry. More information on how IAAPA Certification can provide a valuable boost to an attractions industry professional’s career is available at www.IAAPA.org/Certification.

“As the industry continues to grow in the Asia-Pacific region so grows the Asian Attractions Expo education conference. It is essential for industry professionals to stay at the top of their game and AAE 2016 offers the most up-to-date knowledge on all of the key operational areas within the attractions industry,” said Rebecca Turner, IAAPA’s vice president of education, professional development, and training services.

In addition to learning the most up-to-date knowledge on the trends impacting their business, participants will earn credit toward IAAPA Certification by participating in the conference.

About Asian Attractions Expo

Since 1997, Asian Attractions Expo has been the premier international event for the multibillion-dollar leisure and attractions industry in the Asia-Pacific region. Asian Attractions Expo 2016 takes place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, 13-16 June, and includes a 11,500-net-square-meter trade show floor, a comprehensive industry education program, networking events, and visits to some of the region's premier attractions. More than 8,000 attractions industry professionals from more than 65 countries will participate in the 2016 event. @IAAPAHQ #AAE16


Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents nearly 5,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from 99 countries. Member facilities include amusement and theme parks, water parks, attractions, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, and resorts. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. The association's global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Orlando. www.IAAPA.org @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA


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