The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has officially broken ground on its brand new, 22,000-square-foot global headquarters in Orlando, Fla.
Construction on the new location is set to be completed by summer 2019. With 73 employees worldwide, and 47 based in Orlando, this new headquarters is a $14 million investment for the association and for its members worldwide.
“We are a rapidly growing association supporting a dynamic and growing industry. It’s exciting during our 100-year anniversary to take our vision to the next level by breaking ground on our new global headquarters,” said Andreas Andersen, chairman of the IAAPA Board of Directors, CEO and president of LIseberg Group in Sweden.
“Having the ability to increase our member engagement at all levels was a driving force behind our decision to relocate. Orlando is the perfect place for IAAPA. We have a wide array of members based here and many of our international members travel regularly to Central Florida. We look forward to continuing to support and connect with attractions industry professionals from around the globe.”
The new IAAPA headquarters will feature a wave pattern on its exterior, representing the constant and dynamic movement of the attractions industry. Inside, the building will have dramatic elements, including three different ceiling heights throughout, starting with a 21-foot-high entryway.
There will also be a dedicated member space with meeting rooms, special event space and lounge, as well as a library for the association’s archives, along with a variety of thematic elements and displays reflecting the diversity of IAAPA’s members.
“We are extremely proud now to be a part of the Central Florida community,” said Hal McEvoy, interim president and CEO of IAAPA. “Bringing our global headquarters to the heart of the attractions industry is the perfect next step for us as we continue to better serve our members.”
With over 500 members in Florida, IAAPA is best known for its Attractions Expo held each November at the Orange County Convention Center. The annual conference and trade show, which is currently booked to stay in Orlando through 2030, has made an economic impact of $77 million to Central Florida. In 2017, over 38,000 people from 100 different countries attended the event.
To learn more about IAAPA and their upcoming Orlando headquarters, visit IAAPA.org.