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IAAPA Announces Special Events at Asian Attractions Expo in 2018


The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) invites attractions industry professionals from around the world to take part in professional networking opportunities and impactful education programs during Asian Attractions Expo 2018 (AAE 2018) in Hong Kong, China, 5-8 June 2018. More than 8,000 participants are expected to attend the international conference and trade show for the multibillion-dollar attractions industry to exchange ideas, establish business connections, and learn from global experts.

This year’s AAE 2018 special events schedule includes a celebration of IAAPA’s 100th Anniversary during the Opening Night Reception at Ocean Park Hong Kong, and a leadership breakfast featuring a keynote address delivered by Dr. Allan Zeman, GBM, GBS, JP, Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group.

Opening Night Reception at Ocean Park Hong Kong Celebrating IAAPA’s 100th Anniversary (6 June)
Attendees will network with industry peers from around the world, enjoy specialty food and beverages, and toast to IAAPA’s 100th anniversary while experiencing the unique attractions at Ocean Park Hong Kong.

Leadership Breakfast with keynote speaker Dr. Allan Zeman, GBM, GBS, JP, Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group (7 June)
The leadership breakfast provides senior-level attractions industry professionals the opportunity to learn and network with regional and global colleagues. Dr. Allan Zeman, GBM, GBS, JP, Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group, a major property owner and developer in Lan Kwai Fong – one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist and entertainment districts – will deliver the event’s keynote address.

A resident of Hong Kong for more than 45 years, Dr. Zeman will share insights about developing world-class destinations, creating successful attractions, and positively contributing to the region’s tourism industry. Dr. Zeman previously served as Chairman of Ocean Park from 2003 to 2014, and under his leadership, the theme park experienced tremendous growth, and was transformed into an iconic travel destination.

Animal Welfare: Trends, Issues, and Strategies Forum (5 June) 
In addition to 15 general education sessions led by industry leaders, the Animal Welfare: Trends, Issues, and Strategies Forum is open exclusively to IAAPA members will update attendees about the issue, perceptions, and trends facing attractions and facilities with animals.

Over the past decade, public attention and concern about the welfare and rights of animals has grown exponentially. The implications of these trends are significant and profoundly affect zoos, aquariums, attractions, and parks that display or feature animals. Jim Hekkers, retired managing director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, will lead a forum that explores the key components of the issues while providing actionable information to help organizations understand, cope with, and proactively manage potential public criticism.

Please note: Admission to the events listed above requires a separate ticket in addition to Asian Attractions Expo 2018 registration. To purchase tickets to these events, and to register for AAE 2018, visit

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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