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IAAPA Expo Asia 2019 – expanded education and learning sessions announced


IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has announced more educational and learning sessions ahead of IAAPA Expo Asia 2019. The programme features a diverse range of talks by industry experts as well as in-depth professional development sessions.

IAAPA Expo Asia 2019 is taking place in Shanghai, China from the 11th to 14th June. Global professionals from the attractions sector will meet to learn from industry experts during the education conference. Over 8,500 attendees from more than 60 countries are expected at the event. It takes place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The conference features over ten general educational sessions dealing with diverse topics such as safety, marketing plans, revenue operations, human resources, visual media technology, data mining and more. Sessions will all be translated into English and Mandarin Chinese.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from respected experts in the field from around the world. They can also receive eight credit hours toward IAAPA Certification, the official mark of professional achievement in the global attractions industry.

Expert speakers from around the globe

Notable speakers include:


  • Jana Blackbourn, human resources manager, Luna Park Sydney
  • Mark Shaw, Shaw Thing Consulting
  • Michael Croaker, head of entertainment, Village Roadshow Theme Parks
  • Shaun McKeogh, ICAE, founder and president, Attractions Academy

Mainland China

  • Alan Kwok, director of park operations, Shanghai Disney Resort
  • Chef Alan Orreal, culinary director, Shanghai Disney Resort
  • Chris Yoshii, vice president of economics and global director of Leisure + Culture Asia, AECOM
  • Doug Akers, senior director, Park Operations, Universal Beijing
  • Joe Relich, vice president of technical services, Universal Beijing Resort
  • Joe Schott, president and general manager, Shanghai Disney Resort
  • Leafy Li, manager, environmental affairs, Shanghai Disney Resort
  • Paul Pei, president, ParkAD LLC – Advisor to Theme Parks
  • Phil Hong, senior manager, safety, fire, and health, Shanghai Disney Resort
  • Shan Zong, Chinese country manager, Pro Forma Advisors LLC
  • William Liu, general manager, Sanderson Group

Macau SAR, China

  • Yik Ho, assistant vice president of resort services, Galaxy Entertainment Group


  • Keiji Maeda, general manager, Panasonic Corporation
  • Steve Tatham, vice president and general manager, Universal Studios Japan


  • J. Hong Low, founder and executive director, AGC Sports & Equipment


  • Jose “Blue” Reyna III, ICAE, head of park operations division, Enchanted Kingdom


  • Mika Nur Faezah, regional director, JNELC Asia
  • Wendi Teoh, show creator, APES


  • Chris Perry, CEO, Icon Global Partners Limited

United States

  • Cecil Magpuri, founder, Falcon’s Creative Group
  • Craig Hanna, chief creative officer, Thinkwell Group
  • Erik Beard, managing member and general counsel, International Ride Training LLC
  • Franceen Gonzales, executive vice president, business development, WhiteWater West Industries
  • Ken Wheatley, senior director, global business development, Christie Digital
  • Mark Dvorchark, managing partner, Pro Forma Advisors LLC
  • Randy Ewing, vice president of design, Thinkwell Asia
  • Shawn McCoy, vice president, Jack Rouse Associates


  • Anna Danau, managing director, Hospitality Intelligence
  • Victor Danau, director of operations and development, Asia Pacific region, Ripley Entertainment

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In-depth learning and multi-day offerings

Attendees also have the option to take additional in-depth learning programs during the event. The IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers professional development programme takes place from 9th to 11th June. It is aimed at leaders with five or fewer years of experience in attractions management. Over two and a half days, participants will learn from experts, through classroom instruction, case studies and small group presentations. Topics covered will include finance, marketing, leadership, facility operations, safety, and revenue operations. Attendees can earn 16 credit hours toward IAAPA Certification.

The IAAPA Safety Institute programme on the 11th June is a chance for attractions owners and operators to learn about the latest developments and best practices in ride safety standards, loss prevention, risk management, ride design, and safety compliance. Attendees can earn four credit hours toward IAAPA Certification.

General education sessions are included with registration for IAAPA members. Non-members will be charged an additional fee. The IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers and IAAPA Safety Institute educational sessions require a separate fee.

IAAPA Expo Asia 2019 will feature the largest ever show floor, as well as highlights from Disney and Village Roadshow.

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Charlotte Coates

Charlotte Coates is blooloop's Editor. She is from Brighton, UK and previously worked as a librarian. She has a strong interest in arts, culture and information and graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in English Literature. Charlotte can usually be found either with her head in a book or planning her next travel adventure.

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