IAAPA has opened the doors of its new 22,000 square foot (2,044 sq m) global headquarters in Orlando, Florida. Located in the epicenter of the global attractions industry, the custom-built headquarters is uniquely designed to celebrate and support IAAPA members from around the world.
“We are thrilled to begin this next chapter of IAAPA’s history with the completion of this beautiful new building,” said David Rosenberg, 2019 chairman of the IAAPA Board of Directors and vice president of Monterey Bay Aquarium. “Orlando is the heart of the attractions industry, and the perfect location for IAAPA. The headquarters will serve as the place for industry professionals to come together, to work, and to collaborate. It is also perfectly positioned to support the association’s global operations.”
Located on seven acres near the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, the new office at 4155 West Taft Vineland Road was designed to reflect the diversity of the attractions industry. The building’s exterior features a unique wave pattern, representing the dynamic attractions industry. Inside, dramatic artistic elements include varying ceiling heights and a colorful mural.
Built for IAAPA’s members, the building features exclusive meeting rooms, special event space and workstations. The spacious patio features an outdoor kitchen and ample seating overlooking the natural landscape.
“We are incredibly proud to officially call Orlando home and welcome members from all over the world,” said Hal McEvoy, president and CEO, IAAPA. “We look forward to engaging and collaborating with members when they are in town and continuing to serve the global attractions industry. This building is the result of three years of hard work and teamwork with our members and many community partners and organisations, who came together to create this amazing space.”
IAAPA employs 73 people worldwide, with close to 50 team members based in Orlando. The new building is home to the IAAPA North America regional office as well as the association’s headquarters team.
Locally, IAAPA is most widely recognised for its IAAPA Expo held each November at the Orange County Convention Center.