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Amusement Expo 2011 Gains IAAPA Educational Programming Support

Monday, June 28th, 2010 | Permalink

IAAPA News
June 11, 2010

Today, leaders from the American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA), the Amusement & Music Operators Association (AMOA), and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) jointly announced future plans for Amusement Expo 2011, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center March 1-3, 2011. The conference and trade show for the coin-operated amusement and family entertainment center industries is owned by AAMA and AMOA and managed by William T. Glasgow Inc. IAAPA will develop and produce an educational program for family entertainment center operators that will be scheduled in conjunction with Amusement Expo 2011. The association will also have a booth on the exhibit floor and host a social event at the show.

AAMA, AMOA, and IAAPA have jointly decided not to extend their 10-year joint venture agreement to produce Fun Expo International beyond the 2010 event which took place in March in Las Vegas.

Amusement Expo was produced for the first time in 2010. It was collocated with Fun Expo in Las Vegas. Approximately 2,500 people, including more than 1,000 buyers, participated in the comingled events. One hundred fifty (150) companies exhibited their goods and services on the trade show floor.

AAMA Board Chairman and Firestone Financial President and CEO David Cohen said, “We were very happy with Amusement Expo 2010. From the show floor to the seminars and networking events, the show fueled a renewed excitement about the future of our industry.” Continuing, he added, “Having a single spring event is the right thing for the exhibitors, the buyers, and the associations involved. It allows us to focus our energy and produce a successful, quality event that will grow in the years to come.”

“Amusement Expo 2010 exceeded our expectations and laid a great foundation on which we can build,” said AMOA President Gary Brewer, owner of Brewer Amusement Co. “We are pleased to have IAAPA’s support in providing education programs for an important group of attendees. We look forward to a bigger and better show in 2011.”

“Amusement Expo is an important event for the FEC industry, and we are pleased to offer IAAPA’s quality education program for FEC operators during the show,” said IAAPA President and CEO Charlie Bray.

Amusement Expo 2011 will take place concurrently with International Pizza Expo 2011. Additional information about Amusement Expo 2011 will be available at www.amusementexpo.org in the weeks ahead.

About AAMA

The American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA) is an international nonprofit trade organization representing the manufacturers, distributors, and parts suppliers of the coin-operated amusement industry. AAMA was founded in 1981 by a small group of amusement coin-operated machine manufacturers concerned with the future of their industry. A board of directors, selected by its members, governs the AAMA. Committees work with the association staff to develop programs to promote and protect the industry. Members donate their time, effort, and expertise on a voluntary basis. For 30 years, AAMA has served its membership through legislative efforts, promotional arenas, foreign business development, and more. www.coin-op.org

About AMOA

The Amusement & Music Operators Association (AMOA) is a diverse group of companies engaged in the coin-operated amusement industry. Membership includes operators who own, place, and service coin-activated equipment; manufacturers of coin-operated equipment, including games, jukeboxes, pool tables, dart boards, foosball, and other amusements; suppliers who provide parts or accessories, including monitors, bill changers, locks, etc.; distributors who market and distribute the coin-operated amusements; consultants; members of the recording industry; trade press; and others involved in various channels of the coin-activated equipment business. www.amoa.com

About IAAPA

IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded more than 90 years ago, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions worldwide 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. www.IAAPA.org

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IAAPA Takes Safety Education on the Road in 2010

Monday, June 28th, 2010 | Permalink

Alexandria, Virginia (United States) – On the heels of success in 2008 and 2009, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) expands its Safety Institutes program in 2010, with stops in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and the United States. Operators, developers, and government officials are invited to learn from industry experts as they discuss how to achieve safety excellence in the attractions industry.

“IAAPA has always been committed to safety and fostering member education, which is why it’s exciting to expand our safety education efforts this year, and address region-specific issues,” said Charles Bray, President and CEO of IAAPA. “Participants at the Safety Institutes will truly benefit from the speakers’ industry experience and the focus on best practices.”

The following Safety Institutes are planned for 2010:
IAAPA Safety Institute at Fun Expo International
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States – March 11
As part of the education program during Fun Expo International, IAAPA will host a half day of safety education at the Las Vegas Convention Center. IAAPA is a co-sponsor of the trade show and conference, which takes place March 7 – 12. More information for Fun Expo can be found at www.funexpo.com.

IAAPA Safety Institute in the People’s Republic of China
Beijing, P.R. China – March 12
The half-day institute will be held in partnership with the China Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (CAAPA) during its annual Expo at the Beijing Exhibition Center, and includes collaboration with the China Special Equipment Inspection and Research Institute (CSEI) and the General Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ).

IAAPA Middle East Safety Institute
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 15
For the third consecutive year, the IAAPA Middle East Safety Institute will cover best safety practices and allow attendees to share their own experiences through a combination of roundtable discussions, lectures, and networking opportunities.

IAAPA Safety Institute in India
Mumbai, India – March 17
In partnership with the Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries (IAAPI) and its annual Expo, the Institute offers participants a full day covering safety standards compliance and operations and maintenance safety for amusement parks and waterparks.

IAAPA Safety Conference
Bogotá, Colombia – April 19 – 20
The Safety Institute will be held in conjunction with the annual conference for the Colombian Parks and Attractions Association (ACOLAP).
IAAPA Latin American Safety Institute
Buenos Aires, Argentina – May 21
The Safety Institute will follow the Latin American Institute for Executive Education, which takes place May 17 – 20 in Buenos Aires.

IAAPA Safety Institute in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – July 13
The fourth Safety Institute will kick off the education conference at IAAPA’s annual Asian Attractions Expo.
IAAPA is also planning Safety Institutes and education sessions during the week of Euro Attractions Show 2010 (EAS), which takes place in Rome, Italy from Oct. 6 – 8, and IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010, which takes place in Orlando, Florida, from Nov. 15 – 19.

To register to attend an IAAPA Safety Institute program, visit www.IAAPA.org/safety/SafetyConferences.asp. More information will be posted in the coming weeks.
About IAAPA
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded more than 90 years ago, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents more than 4,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. Member facilities include amusement/theme parks, waterparks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, resorts, and casinos. IAAPA is a non-profit organization. IAAPA maintains offices in Europe, Latin America, and North America. In addition, the association’s Global Alliance partnership program includes international liaisons representing Southeast Asia; Australia and New Zealand; India; and People’s Republic of China. To learn more, visit www.IAAPA.org.

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New York State Promotes Efforts to Ensure Amusement Park Safety

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 | Permalink

Albany, NY (May 24, 2010) –
At press conferences today at Martin’s Fantasy Island in Grand Island and at Seabreeze Amusement Park in Rochester, New York, State Labor Commissioner Colleen Gardner described the Department of Labor’s efforts to ensure amusement park safety. She reminded all New Yorkers that it is important to follow basic safety guidelines so they can safely enjoy rides at amusement parks and traveling carnivals.

“The upcoming Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Governor Paterson wants to encourage all New Yorkers and those visiting our great state to enjoy the holiday, but also to be safe at New York’s wide variety of amusement parks, fairs and carnivals,” said Commissioner Gardner. “We will do our part to ensure your safety by inspecting rides to make sure they are mechanically sound. We will also inspect rides while they are in use to make sure that ride operators are following proper procedures.”

“But you – the consumer – have an important role in safety, too,” the Commissioner added. “By following rules and regulations, and exercising common sense, you can help to make New York’s warm-weather attractions fun and safe for everyone. I encourage all New Yorkers to visit our park safety web site at www.RideSafeNY.com.”

The web site – http://www.ridesafeny.com/ – offers parents and children helpful tips on ride safety, along with a directory of amusement parks in New York State. The site also makes it simple to
e-mail the Department of Labor to report unsafe conditions.

The State Department of Labor enforces amusement ride safety throughout the state, except in New York City. Labor Department staff inspect all rides at stationary parks at least once a year, and they inspect rides at traveling carnivals or fairs every time the ride is set up in a new location. A ride cannot legally operate without a permit from the Labor Department.

Last year, the department inspected more than 1,400 venues and more than 11,700 amusement devices.

The Department of Labor offers consumers the following safety guidelines:

General:
•Listen to the ride operator’s instructions.
•Read and follow posted warnings and instructions.
•Keep hands and feet inside the ride while it is moving.
•Don’t reach toward fences or barriers.
•Secure loose clothing and long hair.
•Don’t drink and ride. You put yourself and others at risk.
•Don’t stand or attempt to leave a ride until it comes to a complete stop.
•Check restraining devices to make sure they are properly latched. Avoid horseplay; it’s dangerous. Never attempt to unlock or loosen a restraining device until instructed by the operator.

Parents with children:

•Don’t assume a ride is safe for children if you hold on to them. If you hold on to your child, you aren’t looking after yourself, and both of you could be at risk.
•Parents should never ride go-carts or bumper cars with children on their laps.
•Observe age, height and weight restrictions.
•Talk to children so they know what to expect of the ride.
•If your child gets scared, ask (if possible) that the ride be stopped.
•If your child is afraid of the ride, it’s probably best not to put her or him on it.
•Not all rides are appropriate for all children, even if they do meet the height requirements. As a parent, you know your child’s ability to follow instructions.
•Water rides require additional attention.
•Walk, don’t run on pool decks and surroundings.
•On water slides, follow instructions and leave the pool area at the bottom quickly. Always slide feet first; sliding head first is a major cause of head and neck injuries.
•Use flotation devices when needed.

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Universal Orlando Resort Streams Live Grand Opening Event Footage of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Online

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 | Permalink

WHAT: Universal Orlando Resort invites viewers to watch the official grand opening events for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter live onwww.UniversalOrlando.com/HarryPotterNews.

Viewers will be treated to highly-visual and entertaining events commemorating the opening of the world’s most anticipated entertainment experience. Viewers may even get a glimpse of stars from the “Harry Potter” films who will be in attendance at the events.

Live updates from the grand opening events will also be shared on Universal Orlando Resort’s Twitter page – www.twitter.com/UORnews.

More than five years in the making, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the most highly anticipated entertainment experience of 2010. The 20-acre area inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters features multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant and brings the magic of Harry Potter to life.

WHEN:
Celebrity Preview* — Wednesday, June 16 from 9:30 – 10:00 PM EDT
Official Public Grand Opening — Friday, June 18 from 9:00 – 9:30 AM EDT

NOTES: Go to www.UniversalOrlando.com/HarryPotterNews and click on the LIVE FEED button at the top left of the home page (next to the RSS feeds button)

MEDIA CONTACT: Universal Orlando Resort Public Relations, (407) 363-8220,www.UniversalOrlando.com/HarryPotterNews

*Private event; not open to the public

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HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR.
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One in four Americans plan to travel less this summer

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 | Permalink

USA Today/Gallup poll

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Those who rate the current economy “poor” are much more likely to say they intend to travel less than those who rate the economy “excellent/good” or “only fair.” Similarly, those who say the economy is “getting worse” are much more likely to say they intend to travel less than who say it is “getting better.” It appears that consumer expectations about the future of the economy play a role in their comfort with spending money on travel this summer.

Just about as many men under 50 years of age say they will travel more as say they will travel less. On the other hand, many more women of the same age say they will travel less than say they will travel more. While more men and women over 50 say they intend to travel less rather than more this summer, the intention to cut back on travel is particularly strong among women over 50. In the East, just about as many Americans say they will travel more as less. In the other three regions, far more say they will travel less this summer than travel more.

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