Thursday, December 20, 2007

Why Should I Join IAAPA?

That was a question I heard again and again while working at IAAPA Central, our booth on the show floor at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2007.

Thankfully, it’s a question I love to answer, because I believe in the services and value IAAPA offers to all of our members. I have been at IAAPA for a little more than a year (one year and 10 days to be exact) and during this time I have familiarized myself with the four “core” benefits. So for those who didn’t get a chance to ask me this question at the show, here’s your answer (and a refresher for those who did):

As you can tell from recent posts about IAAPA’s efforts regarding the proposed Markey amendment, our staff is committed to being the voice for our members when it comes to regulatory issues.

Our members have access to the best training tools and programs in the industry. Whether it be a DVD or one of our Institute programs, members receive first-class education that can be put to use immediately.

Whether it’s FUNWORLD (our monthly magazine) or News Flash, a daily summary of industry news delivered to your e-mail inbox, our communications team keeps you informed with the latest industry trends and information.

You will find unparalleled buying, selling, and networking opportunities at the three IAAPA Expos: the Euro Attractions Show, Asian Attractions Expo, and IAAPA Attractions Expo are simply the best in the industry when it comes to bringing together buyers and sellers from around the world.

Now, while these four core benefits are great, I think the best resource we have for our members is the IAAPA staff. We are your partners and are committed to helping you succeed.

Did you know…
· That if you had an issue at your park or facility and needed help with the press, IAAPA’s staff provides you with FREE crisis communications support? That alone is a priceless benefit to being a member.
· That most of the education programs offered at our expos are FREE to members? Together with our volunteer committees, we plan an expo education program that offers you the most comprehensive education programs in the business.
· Members can save up to 60 percent on expo registration and save on exhibit fees at the Euro Attractions Show and Asian Attractions Expo (you have to be a member to exhibit at IAAPA Attractions Expo.
· Around the world, IAAPA is working on the harmonization of safety standards and training courses so our members are equipped with the information and support they need to run a safe facility.

Feel free to visit our membership pages to learn more. You can join online … or let me know if you need more information.

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