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IAAPA Safety Forum to take place in Cancun


Safety representatives in the amusements industry will travel to Cancun, Mexico, as the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and its Global Safety Committee hold a first-of-its-kind safety forum.

The forum will focus on the importance of having a deep-rooted culture of safety. It will addressthe need for comprehensive safety programs based on industry best practices in all facets of the attractions industry.

It is one of a number of events put on by IAAPA throughout the year.

Safety is the attractions industry’s number one priority. That includes safety for guests and employees – as well as the safe operation and maintenance of plant and equipment.

The IAAPA Safety Forum provides an opportunity for attractions operators and owners to examine issues regarding creating and maintaining a culture of safety. Attendees will learn the latest developments and best practices in ride standards, loss prevention, risk management, ride design, and safety compliance issues.

The IAAPA Safety Forum will also provide industry stakeholders with direct access to the world’s leading safety experts during an interactive program where everyone will participate.

Invited stakeholders include government officials, operators of both portable and fixed rides, safety consultants, operators of water parks, consumer advocates, suppliers, and ride inspectors.

“Honest and open discussions”

Two moderated panels will feature distinguished global safety experts. They bring decades of safety experience to the program and will share their passion, knowledge, and experience with attendees.

Paulina Reyes, vice president, Latin American Operations, IAAPA, said: “We are excited Cancun was selected as the host location for the IAAPA Safety Forum. It is the perfect location as Mexico is experiencing rapid growth and development in the attractions and theme park industry, including several world-class projects opening soon. This Forum will bring industry professionals together for honest and open discussions about standards harmonization, best practices in operations, maintenance and training, and compliance.”

Jim Seay, Chairman of the IAAPA Global Safety Committee and President of Premier Rides will moderate one of the panel discussions.

Seay said: “It’s important to bring together regulators, safety experts, industry consultants, manufacturers, and operators from all corners of the business so that we can learn from each other. Through insightful presentations and frank discussions, we will come together to help ensure safety is always at the forefront in everything we do in the amusement industry. This forum will connect industry professionals and have an impact on safety practices around the world.”

The IAAPA Safety Forum will be held September 10-11, 2018.

The Forum will be hosted by Ventura Entertainment’s Ventura Park located in Cancun, Mexico.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a behind-the-scenes tour of Ventura Park. There will also be a networking reception.

The event is free and registration is now open:

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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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