Monday, October 2, 2023

Leading International Experts to Participate in Asian Attractions Expo 2016 Education Conference

Alexandria, VA, USA — Respected industry experts from around the globe will present information and lead thought-provoking discussions about the latest trends and best practices in the attractions industry as part of the education conference at Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2016. The conference offers participants 11 seminars on a variety of topics making it the most comprehensive AAE education program to date. AAE 2016, which takes place 13–16 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in China, is owned and produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

The AAE 2016 education conference spans three days and provides real-world examples to improve operations and drive business in intellectual property use, cultural sensitivity and regional awareness, safety, revenue generation, facility excellence, human resources, and more.

Expert speakers include:
· Doug Akers, ICAE, Director, Operations, International Operations, Universal Parks and Resorts
· Sarah Bruno, Partner in Advertising, IP, and Cyber Security Groups, Arent Fox Law Firm
· Jonathan Casson, Director of Business Development, 20th Century Fox – LBE
· Randy Ewing, Vice President of Design, Thinkwell
· Dio Ho, Director of Design, Whitewater West
· Brad Loxley, Senior Amusement Park Manager, Luna Park Australia
· Matthias Li, ICAE, Deputy Chief Executive, Ocean Park Hong Kong
· Jim Pattison, Jr., ICAE, President, Ripley Entertainment, Inc.
· Anthony Van Dam, Executive Vice President, Forrec
· Phil Zhong , Head of Operations, Shanghai Whitewater

In addition, attendees can participate in the IAAPA Safety Institute and the IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers.

The IAAPA Safety Institute takes place on 13 June and provides an opportunity for attractions operators and owners to learn about the latest developments and best practices in ride safety standards, loss prevention, risk management, ride design, and safety compliance. The IAAPA Safety Institute at AAE 2016 will also examine best practices in water park operations and water park safety.

The IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers is a two-and-a-half-day program, 11-13 June, that blends classroom instruction and case studies with field work in five core areas: finance, marketing, leadership, facility operations and safety, and revenue operations. The institute is designed for industry professionals with less than five years of management experience who are interested in advancing their career.

All of the education sessions available at AAE 2016 are eligible for credit toward IAAPA Certification, the new official mark of professional achievement in the global attractions industry. More information on how IAAPA Certification can provide a valuable boost to an attractions industry professional’s career is available at

“As the industry continues to grow in the Asia-Pacific region so grows the Asian Attractions Expo education conference. It is essential for industry professionals to stay at the top of their game and AAE 2016 offers the most up-to-date knowledge on all of the key operational areas within the attractions industry,” said Rebecca Turner, IAAPA’s vice president of education, professional development, and training services.

In addition to learning the most up-to-date knowledge on the trends impacting their business, participants will earn credit toward IAAPA Certification by participating in the conference.

Additional information about the AAE 2016 education program is available at:

Information about the IAAPA Safety Institute and pricing is available at:

Information about the IAAPA Institute for Attraction Managers is available at:

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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