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IAAPA Accepting Entries and Nominations for Annual Awards Programs


The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is now accepting entries and nominations for its annual awards programs, including IAAPA Brass Ring Awards, IAAPA Service Awards, and IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award. Presented during IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, these awards recognize excellence in the global attractions industry, honor those have made significant contributions to IAAPA, and celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of facilities, manufacturers and suppliers, and individuals from around the world.

IAAPA Brass Ring Awards

The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards are the most prestigious professional honors awarded, marking achievements of excellence throughout the international attractions industry. The awards recognize amusement parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, family entertainment centers (FECs), attractions, and suppliers in excellence categories including food and beverage, games and retail, human resources, live entertainment, marketing, new products, and exhibits. The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards will be presented on Wednesday, Nov. 14 during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018.

Deadline to apply is Aug. 19, 2018. For more information and to submit an entry, visit

IAAPA Service Awards

The IAAPA Service Award winners are announced during the GM and Owners’ Breakfast at IAAPA Attractions Expo. The awards, including the IAAPA Lifetime Service Award, the IAAPA Outstanding Service Award, and the IAAPA Meritorious Service Award, honor individuals for their outstanding contributions to IAAPA and the global attractions industry. Deadline to apply is Aug. 3, 2018.

To learn more and submit a nomination, visit

IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award

The IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award honors members under age 35 who demonstrate a dedication to the attractions industry through strong leadership, teamwork, and integrity, while they continue to develop their knowledge and experience necessary in the ever-changing attractions industry. The Young Professional must also be a strong advocate of IAAPA’s mission to support, grow, and nurture the attractions industry. To qualify, the nominee must be under 35 years of age and employed by an IAAPA member company or be an individual member of IAAPA through a student or individual membership. Deadline to submit a nomination is Aug. 1, 2018.

For additional award criteria or submit a nomination, 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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