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Euro Attractions Show 2018 to offer extensive education programme

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The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) will bring attractions industry professionals from across the globe to Amsterdam this September to learn from leisure and entertainment industry experts during Euro Attractions Show (EAS) 2018.

The conference will take place at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre between 25-27 Sept. 2018

Attendees will be able to take part in more than 100 hours of education sessions, workshops, and presentations. They will cover a wide range of subjects during this year’s EAS 2018 Conference Programme.

Participants have the choice of seven seminar tracks. These include guest experience, digital, revenue, global challenges, marketing, and design. EAS will also introduce a new track this year focused on local challenges facing the saturated tourism market in Amsterdam.

Attendees are then eligible to receive eight credit hours toward IAAPA Certification, the official mark of professional achievement in the global attractions industry.

Education sessions are included with registration for IAAPA members. eas iaapa

As well as the 17 general education sessions led by industry leaders, EAS 2018 will also offer attendees various in-depth learning programs and events. These include:

IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers at Efteling 

21-24 Sept

During this three-day attractions industry management development course, attendees will learn about finance, operations and safety, marketing and communications, revenue operations, human resources, and leadership. Participants can earn 16 credit hours toward IAAPA Certification.

IAAPA Safety Institute

24 Sept

This session will teach participants the latest information and updates on safety standards. Respected safety experts will share information on topics such as standards, norms, ride protocols, accessibility issues, employee safety concerns, and compliance-related matters.

Participants can earn four credit hours toward IAAPA Certification.

FEC / Small Park / Indoor Playground Day

24 Sept

Described as a “conference within a conference,” this session is focused exclusively on operators of family entertainment centers (FECs) and indoor play centers. It consists of a full day of seminars, discussions, and speakers dedicated to mini-golf centres, laser games, indoor playgrounds and bowling centres.

Animal Welfare Forum

24 Sept

Open exclusively to IAAPA members, the Animal Welfare: Trends, Issues, and Strategies Forum will update attendees about the issues, perceptions, and trends facing attractions and facilities with animals in their care.

Lunch and Learn: “Let’s Talk About Trends”

25 Sept

A task force consisting of professionals from different fields will share the outcome of an analysis conducted on the current state of the attractions industry.

Lunch and Learn: “Train and Motivate Your Staff to Deliver Outstanding Guest Experiences” 

26 Sept

Attendees of this session will learn new methods of interacting with their team. Attendees will gain a fresh insight and perspective for managing a team.

Water Park Forum

27 Sept

This seminar has been designed specifically for water park owners, designers, and manufacturers. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore new water park developments across Europe. They will also develop new ideas to increase revenues, embrace the combination of safety and design, and fulfil customer’s expectations in design and operations.

Halloween and Haunted Events Forum at Walibi Holland

27 Sept

This event offers attendees a backstage tour during the preparation of Walibi Holland’s award-winning “Halloween Fright Nights.” Attendees will learn about the development, design, and marketing of a Halloween event.

When it returns to Amsterdam for a third time this September, Euro Attractions Show (EAS) will be the biggest yet. IAAPA announced the full schedule last month.

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Michael Mander

Michael Mander

I am a journalist from Essex, England. I enjoy travelling, and love exploring attractions around the world. I graduated from Lancaster University in 2018. Twitter @michael_mander.

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