Tampa, FL, USA (Nov. 15, 2016) – Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay has been awarded the prestigious Liseberg Applause Award from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) at the opening ceremony of the 2016 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida.
Since 1980, the Applause Award is presented by an international committee of theme park and amusement industry professionals, honoring an amusement park “whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry with their foresight, originality and sound business development.”
“We are honored to be recognized by the Liseberg Board of Governors and by the members of IAAPA for the prestigious Applause Award. The unique and unparalleled combination of world-class thrill rides and impressive animal collection continues to position Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as a leading family destination,” said Jim Dean, president and general manager of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “We share this award with all of our hardworking park ambassadors.”
Previous winners of the global Liseberg Applause Award include domestic theme parks Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Epcot, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Cedar Point, and Opryland, among others. International honors have been awarded to Ocean Park, Hong Kong, Puy du Fou, France, EuropaPark, Germany, Efteling, the Netherlands and Xetulul, Guatemala.
IAAPA represents nearly 5,000 amusement industry members, located in 99 countries worldwide, and represents all styles of location-based entertainment facilities including amusement parks, theme parks, family entertainment centers, museums, water parks, aquariums, science centers, zoos, and resorts.