Over 170 attendees from 28 countries participated in the 8th annual IAAPA Leadership Conference, held for the first time in Osaka and Tokyo from March 6 – 9, 2018.
The conference was inspired by the culture, geography, and attractions of the country, and guests were able to learn from keynote speakers and education sessions, as well as take a tour through several of Japan’s most popular and unique attractions.
Industry executives from Universal Studios Japan – Osaka, Kaiyukan Aquarium, Kabuki-za Theatre, Fuji-Q Highland, and Tokyo DisneySea shared industry insights, and opening keynote speaker Mike Davis, senior vice president, international entertainment at Universal Parks & Resorts kicked off the conference.
Attendees then took part in education sessions that included presentation by Edwin Omura, ambassador for Asia-Pacific at KidZania, and Tomoko Chijiwa, director of human resources at Legoland Japan and Merlin Entertainments Japan. Andrew Bolstein, vice president and executive managing director at Walt Disney Attractions Japan and Disneyland International presented the closing keynote.
Plans are already underway for IAAPAs leadership conference 2019 will be held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.