The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Board of Directors elected Gerardo Arteaga (left) Third Vice Chairman during its recent meeting in London. Arteaga, general manager of Fantasilandia in Santiago, Chile, will move through the positions of third, second, and first vice chairman before leading the association as its Chairman of the Board in 2015.
“Gerardo is a dedicated and accomplished leader and has given a great deal of time to IAAPA and the attractions industry, ” said Bob Masterson, Chairman of IAAPA’s Nominating Committee and Chairman of Amusement Management Partners LLC. “He is innovative and regularly breaks new ground with the new developments in his park and family entertainment centers in Chile and Peru. We are confident his leadership, dedication, and industry expertise will help advance the key initiatives of IAAPA in the years ahead.”
Arteaga grew up in the attractions industry. His family built Fantasilandia amusement park in Santiago in 1978. In 1998, Arteaga was named operations manager for the Happyland family entertainment centers (FECs) and in 2000 he moved to Fantasilandia as customer service manager. After two years, he was promoted to general manager.
Arteaga has served in a number of volunteer capacities within IAAPA. He was a member of the marketing committee in 2003 and the FEC committee in 2006. From 2007 to 2009 he served on the IAAPA Board of Directors. He was also a member of the IAAPA Executive Committee in 2008, and is currently a member of the association’s advisory committee for Latin America.
Arteaga has been an active member of the Latin American Association of Attractions and Amusement Parks (ALAP) for many years. He served as the association’s vice president in 2004 and as its president from 2006 to 2008. Arteaga is an active member of the Make-A-Wish foundation in Chile and is a part of the national council of Hogar de Cristo, the largest Cathloic nonprofit organization in Chile. He has also led his company’s involvement in Navidad con Sentido (“Christmas with Sense”), which provides a visit to Fantasilandia for 5, 000 underprivileged individuals.
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the amusement industry. IAAPA represents more than 4, 000 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. Member facilities include amusement/theme parks, waterparks, attractions, family entertainment centers, arcades, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, resorts, and casinos. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. Revenue generated for the association by its involvement in trade shows and other activities are returned to the association to fund services for its members and the industry. The association’s global headquarters office is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. www.IAAPA.org