International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
IAAPA, based in Alexandria, Va., represents over 4,000 facility, supplier and individual members from more than 93 countries.
The organization represents more than 4,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries, including most amusement parks and attractions in the United States
The group is headquartered in the United States and has two branch offices: one in Brussels, Belgium, to service its European membership, and one in Mexico City, Mexico, to serve its Latin American membership.
IAAPA ’s global arm extends further more through our Global Alliances partnerships with four international liaison organizations representing Southeast Asia (IAAPA ASEAN); Australia and New Zealand (AALARA); India (IAAPI); and the People’s Republic of China (CAAPA).
"Our mission is to serve the membership by promoting safe operations, global development, professional growth and commercial success of the amusement parks and attractions industry."
IAAPA also aims to be a professional association regarded as an indispensable resource for our members and an international authority for our industry by:
- Advancing safe facility operations globally
- Promoting a favorable public image for the association, its leadership, and the industry at large to consumers, government officials and the media
- Providing primary sources for market connections for buyers and suppliers while maintaining economic vitality for the association and value for its members
- Promoting professional development by providing continuing education, certification, and training in attractions operations
- Being an allied partner with industry associations that expand the IAAPA brand, increase membership, and increase attendance at IAAPA-branded trade shows
- Being a credible resource for industry data and statistical analysis to support the IAAPA mission
IAAPA is powered by more than 30 member committees that work closely with the IAAPA board of directors to establish the priorities and program of work for the association and to provide guidance to the staff.
Committees are organized by constituency groups (waterparks, zoos and aquariums, family entertainment centers, etc.) and business disciplines/programs (communications, human resources, finance/IT, games, etc.). There are also a number of board, advisory, and awards committees.
Committee members are appointed for a one-year term by the chairman of each committee. The term runs from January 1 to December 31. The deadline for expressing interest in committee membership for 2011, is December 1, 2010.
- Advisory Board
- Strategic Planning
- Asian Advisory
- European Advisory
- Government Relations
- Latin American Advisory
- Safety and Maintenance
Advisory Committee Subcommittees:
- European Advisory Subcommittee – Education
- European Advisory Subcommittee – Government Relations
- European Advisory Subcommittee – Manufacturers and Suppliers (EAS)
- Constituency Committees
- Family Entertainment Centers
- Manufacturer and Suppliers
- Small Amusement Parks and Attractions
- Space Allocation
- Zoo and Aquariums
- Program Committees
- Facility Operations
- Financial and Informational Technology
- Food and Beverage
- Human Resources
- Exhibitor Awards
- Hall of Fame and Archive
- Service Awards
Trade shows: IAAPA hosts three trade shows worldwide focused on the amusement park and attractions industry--IAAPA Attractions Expo, Asian Attractions Expo, and Euro Attractions Show. Each is the premier attractions industry trade show in its region.
Publications: IAAPA publications include FUNWORLD, the association’s monthly magazine, which features the latest attractions news and News Flash, a daily e-newsletter that highlights industry news around the world.
Training: IAAPA offers training for every aspect of the attractions industry and provides all members with opportunities to educate personnel through workshops, onsite seminars, videotapes/manuals, the IAAPA Attractions Management School and The Institute for Executive Education. At each trade show, IAAPA also offers more than 100 educational seminars and behind-the-scenes tours that cover topics important to the amusement park and attractions industry.
Philanthopy: Since 1995, IAAPA has partnered with Give Kids The World, a nonprofit organization that provides wish vacations to central Florida for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. IAAPA members also donate gifts, toys, equipment, and supplies to GKTW, and more than 250 facilities provide complimentary admission to their parks for GKTW children through the World Passport for Kids Program.
Board of Directors
IAAPA is governed by a board of directors. The board of directors supervises, directs and controls the policies and programs of the association. Each director has a fiduciary duty to be loyal to the association, to act in its best interests, to avoid conflicts of interests, to maintain the confidentiality of association information, and to avoid utilizing the office for personal gain. The board has 28 directors—chair, first vice chair, second vice chair, third vice chair, immediate past chair, treasurer, president/CEO, 15 elected facility or life member directors, three manufacturer and supplier member directors, and three advisory board member directors.
- James “Chip” Cleary, chairman of the board)
- Robert S. Rippy, first vice chair)
- Roland Mack, second vice chair)
- Will Morey, third vice chair
- Frank O'Connell, treasurer
- Charles Bray, president/CEO
- Directors: Darrell Metzger (immediate past chair), Ken Cormier, Linda Fernandez, Kurt Mack-Even, John L. McReynolds, Greg O’Neill, Bill Sims, Phil Bender, Mario Catarinella, Keith James, Paul Pei, Hank Salemi, Gary Story, Alain Trouvé, Ed Carroll, R. Court Huish, Pelle Johannisson, Phil Lindsey, Adria Mahon, Donnie Mills, Tim Timco, R. Paul Noland
Member Code of Conduct
IAAPA requires its members to observe a code of conduct outlining responsibilities:
- To maintain safety as the highest priority in their businesses and to comply with all applicable standards, laws, and regulations.
- To provide clean, wholesome, and safe entertainment for their guests, maintaining the highest standards in quality and service.
- To conduct their businesses on the highest plane of integrity, honesty, and social responsibility.
- To foster and maintain a spirit of cooperation and fair dealing for buyers and sellers, maintaining the principles of confidentiality, intellectual property protection, and agreed contractual terms.
- To establish and maintain cordial and respectful relations with their fellow members worldwide.
International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
1448 Duke Street | Alexandria, VA 22314 USA
Tel: 703.836.4800 | Fax: 703.836.4801
IAAPA European Office
Square de Meeus 38/40 | B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 401 6161 | Fax: +32 2 401 6868
IAAPA Latin America Office
Ave. Presidente Masaryk 111, Piso 1| Col. Chapultepec Morales| México, D.F. 11560
Tel: +52/55 3300-5915 | Fax: +52/55 3300-5999