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26 Oct 2018
Bob Rogers unveils 2018 lineup for IAAPA Legends Panel

Some of the brightest and best minds operating in the attractions industry today will come together to discuss how best to open venues overseas in a culture that might be alien to the team behind it, in a world where fervent nationalism is on the rise.

Taking place on 14 November 2018, the IAAPA Legends Panel at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida will look at the success of Germany's Europa-Park and Hong Kong’s Ocean Park in the face of a pervading sense of nationalism in the modern world.

Hosted by Bob Rogers, founder and chair of experience design firm BRC Imagination Arts, previous IAAPA Legends panels in recent years have featured the likes of Universal Creative senior vice president Thierry Coup, legendary Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar and Disneyland’s first president Jack Lindquist.

This year, IAAPA Hall of Famer Roland Mack, founder of Europa-Park, will be the first panel member. Mack’s work at Europa-Park is celebrated as a beacon of how to present attractions based on different European cultures and appeal to an international audience.

The second panel member this year will be Universal Beijing Theme Park and Resort president and general manager Tom Mehrmann. Mehrmann’s time as CEO at Ocean Park saw him steer the attraction through Disney’s arrival in Hong Kong, adapting constantly to make the attraction more culturally astute and staying ahead of its far larger competitor for 10 years.

The annual IAAPA Attractions Expo takes place this year in Orlando between 12-16 November. The event is the largest annual gathering of attractions professionals in the world, with more than 32,000 people expected to attend. For a full lineup of programmes taking place through the week, click here.


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16 Nov 2018
Dollywood, Universal and Fantawild among 2018 TEA Thea Awards winners
The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has revealed the winners of this year's Thea Awards.
16 Nov 2018
2018 Active Training Awards: Streetgames and Jubilee Hall among winners
Winners of this year's Active Training Awards have been revealed at a gala event in Birmingham.
15 Nov 2018
Susan Cain to deliver opening keynote at 2019 ISPA
New York Times best-selling author and top TED Talk speaker Susan Cain will be the opening keynote speaker at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo taking place 11-13 September 2019 in Las Vegas, US. The event’s theme, ‘Evolve’, will highlight the growth of the industry and the positive road that lies ahead.
14 Nov 2018
IAAPA 2018: WhiteWater and Cirque du Soleil announce plans to 'redefine' waterpark experience
WhiteWater West and Cirque Du Soleil have announced a brand new partnership to bring Cirque-themed waterparks to life in multiple locations worldwide.
14 Nov 2018
Good Spa Guide names best UK spas
Winners of this year's Good Spa Guide Awards were announced last night (13 November) at a gala dinner at the SpaLife Conference in Birmingham, UK.
14 Nov 2018
Breaking: Calgary public votes 'no' to 2026 Olympics
Canadian city Calgary's hopes to host the 2026 Winter Olympics Games are all but over, after a public vote saw the city's residents reject the plans.
09 Nov 2018
IAAPA 2018: 35,000 gather in Orlando for record-breaking attractions expo
More than 35,000 buyers, suppliers and representatives of the attractions sector from more than 100 countries are heading to Orlando, Florida, ahead of this year's IAAPA Attractions Expo, which is set to break records once again as the organisation celebrates its centenary year.
01 Nov 2018
Leicester City, Warwickshire CCC and Leeds Rhinos among winners of 2018 IOG Awards
Groundscare teams at Leicester City FC and Leeds Rhinos rugby club are among the winners of the 2018 Institute of Groundsmanship’s (IOG) awards for groundskeeping.
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24 Apr - 26 Nov 2018
MAPIC Russia
Expocentre
Moscow
Russia
12-16 Nov 2018
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando
United States
14-16 Nov 2018
MAPIC
Palais des Festivals
Cannes
France
19-20 Nov 2018
Israel Hotel Investment Summit (IHIS)
Hilton Hotel
Tel Aviv
Israel
20-21 Nov 2018
Sleep + Eat
Olympia
London
United Kingdom
27-27 Nov 2018
BASES Conference
Harrogate Convention Centre
Harrogate
United Kingdom
28-29 Nov 2018
MIPIM Asia
Grand Hyatt Hotel
Hong Kong SAR
05-06 Dec 2018
ARCHITECT@WORK - Germany
Messe Stuttgart - Hall 9
Stuttgart
Germany
05-06 Dec 2018
International Sports Convention (ISC)
Palexpo Convention Center
Geneva
Switzerland
05-06 Dec 2018
Esports Conference
Palexpo Convention Center
Geneva
Switzerland
05-06 Dec 2018
Turf and Grass Conference
Palexpo Convention Center
Geneva
Switzerland
05-06 Dec 2018
Stadium Connected Conference
Palexpo Convention Center
Geneva
Switzerland
05-06 Dec 2018
Sports and Sustainable Development Goals Conference
Palexpo Convention Center
Geneva
Switzerland
05-06 Dec 2018
Sports Broadcast Conference
Palexpo Convention Center
Geneva
Switzerland
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