Thursday, July 18, 2024

IAAPA event to explore sustainability at notable European parks

In an era where sustainability and environmental protection are at the forefront of consumer values, new research from IAAPA and LaneTerralever, a marketing and customer experience research agency reveal four out of five visitors are more likely to remain loyal to attractions and brands that align with their values.

IAAPA is offering an in-depth and behind the scenes look into Europe’s most impressive sustainability initiatives with IAAPA Explores: Sustainability. This exclusive event looks at the various cutting-edge efforts driving the future of sustainability in Europe.

Over four days, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the latest sustainability trends and the impact of their brand, reputation, and bottom line, examining critical practices like zero-carbon emissions, waste reduction, water conservation, and energy transitioning.

Attendees will see innovation in action at:

  • Disneyland Paris: Home to Europe’s largest solar canopy and ambitious geothermal energy projects, Disneyland Paris showcases sustainability at scale.
  • Villages Nature Paris: This unique eco-resort is at the forefront of sustainable tourism, powered by geothermal energy and dedicated to recycling. Executives Franck Gervais and Olivier Garaïalde will teach attendees how their geothermal energy system has prevented emissions of 7,400 tons of CO2 annually since 2017.
  • Futuroscope: Futuroscope is a theme park committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2025 through implementing innovative approaches to energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, biodiversity protection, and sustainable transportation.
  • Puy du Fou: This historical theme park has been Green Globe certified since 2012, demonstrating a long-standing commitment to environmental responsibility, natural heritage preservation and five key sustainability pillars.

IAAPA President Jakob Wahl said a commitment to sustainability is an integral part of the selection process for younger generations when it comes to both purchases and travel.

“Sustainability is absolutely the future of the attractions industry,” Wahl said. “Our research shows that nearly half of all visitors are willing to pay more to visit an attraction that has a strong commitment to sustainability among target audiences.”

More than half of IAAPA members (56%) reported having sustainability programs in place in 2023. Another 20% were working to implement sustainability programs.

IAAPA Explores: Sustainability will take place July 9-12. The event will also feature a host of networking opportunities and provide access to the executives who made the sustainability efforts possible.

The next IAAPA Explores event, will be tailored to senior executives in the food and beverage industry. IAAPA Explores: Beyond the Game will be held in New York City during the U.S. Open from August 27–29. The event will dive into the latest F&B trends from sports and entertainment venues that can be harnessed to enhance the guest experience across a wide range of attractions and entertainment landscape.

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