Thursday, April 18, 2024

First of its Kind Event Brings Joint Conference for AZA and IMATA to Orlando

Orlando, FL, USA — The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association (IMATA) are partnering to develop a co-located Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.  Taking place Sept 12-18, this first of its kind event will be the largest conference in IMATA’s history and is expected to draw more than 2,500 participants.  AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy stated: “Partnering with similarly focused professional organizations is a vital way to expand the work of both organizations and provides valuable opportunities to advance professional networking and engagement among organizations.”

The AZA/IMATA Annual Conference will be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort located in Orlando, Florida and will be hosted by Walt Disney World Resort and SeaWorld Orlando.

Combining the conference for 2014 offers the collective attendees many opportunities to learn from one another, collaborate, and enjoy the talents of colleagues.  Presentations, events, and the Exhibit Hall will provide valuable crossover for all.  IMATA enthusiasts will experience the intimate and unique environment expected at an IMATA conference, and will also have the flexibility to attend both IMATA and AZA presentations, discussions, and an Exhibit Hall with access to hundreds of products and service providers.

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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