It must have been a proud week for IAAPA chairman Roland Mack last when he welcomed the association’s global board of directors to Europa-Park, Germany.
IAAPA board members join Roland Mack for a spin on Europa-Park’s BlueFire Megacoaster (by Mack Rides)
The board convened at the family-run park near Freiburg from June 18 to 20 for three days of strategy meetings, tours and entertainment – or what Europa-Park likes to call “Confertainment.” In attendance were 24 board members, representing attraction operators from the USA, UK, Sweden, Chile, Indonesia and the Philippines. The group also discussed such topics as safety, sustainability, intellectual property rights and the ongoing success of Euro Attractions Show (EAS).
“Safety is our top priority and it is important to harmonise international standards. When families in Europe visit theme parks they seek a fun and safe day out, just as they do in Asia, the US or South America,” noted Mack. “In the end an incident, no matter where it happens, will affect the entire attractions industry.”
Staying in the onsite Colesseo hotel, IAAPA board members were able to experience the great theming, attractions, shows and hospitality of Germany’s most successful amusement park – as well as getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Bell Rock hotel, due to open this month. The week was completed with a visit to the Mack Rides manufacturing facility in nearby Waldkirch.
Roland Mack will be a keynote speaker of the EAS conference programme when the show takes place in Berlin from October 9 to 11.
Below: The board members gather for a photo call