Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Expo Coverage

My apologies to everyone who may have been checking in here for updates on this week's IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando. I have been so slammed covering the show for The Show Daily, I have had absolutely no time for any decent blogging. 

But, the good news is, you can read some of our Show Daily coverage on the Internet. Just click here

Friday, November 7, 2008

Pack It Up, Move It Out!

Today is moving day of sorts at IAAPA headquarters here in Alexandria, Virginia. For the past week or so, our main corridor on the first floor has been transforming into Cardboard Cavern as we compile all the materials we need to ship down to Orlando for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2008.

Attractions Expo is such a huge event (it is, after all, the largest trade show in our industry by a wide, wide margin), it kinda hangs there off in the distance all year. Even while we plan for all of our other big shows and conferences and gatherings, there's always some job or another that needs doing for Expo at the same time. One of the things I'm continually amazed at in my four years with the association is how few people pull off such a massive task.

With moving day upon us, though, the excitement and anticipation becomes palpable. We'll be following that big ol' truck down to Florida in just a few days now. On a plane, thankfully, and not in a semi trailer.

Can't wait!

Thanks to my friend and colleague Deana Martin for taking these photos of the truck on her fancy new cell phone.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Read On! FUNWORLD's Digital Edition

As I mentioned briefly last week, FUNWORLD is now available in a new online format. To check it out right away, click here.

So here's the deal: This new format is an exact replica of the magazine that arrives in your mailbox every month, only it's online. When you pull up the digital edition, you can read it just as you would any other magazine—casually flip from page to page, or go to the table of contents to look for material that interests you. The difference is, when you're on the contents page, just click on the story and you'll be taken right there! There are all kinds of other cool features, too: you can e-mail stories you like to friends and colleagues, bookmark articles, and when you see a web or e-mail address, just click on it and you'll be taken right to it.

In no way is this new product replacing the print edition of FUNWORLD; it is purely complementary. The digital version will go live on the first of each month, so if for some reason you haven't received your copy yet (shame, shame, Mr. Postman!), or it hasn't been routed through your office yet, no more waiting!

Speaking for the publications team here at IAAPA, we're all excited about this new product and hope it helps our readers get even more and easier access to the articles we write each month. If you have any questions, as always, feel free to leave a comment below or e-mail me directly.