Yes, the IAAPA office is hustling and bustling once again as we all jump back in to all the various projects on tap for association members in 2009 (wow, it feels a little weird to type that number—where has this decade gone?).
A quick update on just some of the stuff going on around here:
—The convention department is looking forward to Space Allocation Meeting 2009 in Las Vegas in March. I'll be live-blogging once again, keeping tabs on the fast-paced action as booths are assigned for the association's first IAAPA Attractions Expo in Vegas.
—The folks in membership and marketing are concentrating on the debut of our new annual event, IAAPA Connections, which will be at Atlantis in the Bahamas next month.
—The education department is gearing up for next month's IAAPA Institute for Executive Education at The Wharton School. Oh, and if you can believe it, the call for presentations is already open for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009.
—The government relations department is monitoring goings-on on Capitol Hill, as the United States Congress returned to work today with the swearing in of all the newly elected officials.
—Our office in Europe continues to plan for Euro Attractions Show 2009 this fall in Amsterdam, and is also on the lookout for a new program manager.
—And here in communications, we're finalizing the February issue of FUNWORLD, which is going to feature a special section unlike anything the magazine's ever done—at least in the four years I've been here, anyway. But more on that in a little while.
So, yeah, things are hopping around here. Be sure to keep an eye on In the Queue as well as IAAPA.org throughout 2009 for the all the latest info.