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EAS SUCCESS (continued from page 39)


Park World suspects Paris could well become the expo de jour for many Europeans in 2013.


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Monidal exhibited this model of a Giant Wheel on its booth


Learnin’ in Berlin


Viva Waterparks! WWA’s winning week in Vegas


The World Waterpark Association (WWA) was the big winner in Las Vegas during its 32nd annual Symposium & Trade Show from October 2 to 5. Paul Ruben reports from the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino


As well as special events such as Wednesday morning’s Leadership Breakfast with Europa-Park’s Roland Mack and PortAventura’s Fernando Aldecoa (pictured), Euro Attractions Show attendees in Berlin were free to dip in and out of the two-day conference programme. More than 1,200 did just that, the most ever at an EAS event. Sessions were delivered on Halloween events, social media, emerging markets, food and beverage, safety, guest service, pricing, payment and new technology. EAS tours to Tropical Islands waterpark and Filmpark Babelsberg both sold out, and there was also a post- event tour to north German attractions including Heide Park, Hansa Park and Hagenbeck Tierpark (zoo) in Hamburg.


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the four-day fixture, a 200-person increase over last year’s shindig in New Orleans. “Las Vegas is always a good draw for us,” commented WWA president Rick Root. “The location paired with new education sessions, fresh content and special keynote and guest presentations on safety, customer reward programmes and future trends was a powerful combination.”


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n total more than 1,600 owners, operators, developers suppliers and designers, all wholly focused on the water recreation industry, attended


“I have been attending the WWA convention for many years and have always enjoyed it, but I thought this year’s show was the best in terms of the educational offerings,” added Nick Scott Snr of Pennsylvania’s Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort. “I found more useful information than at any previous show.”


A WWA keynote session in full flow


Attendees came from parks large and small, public and private, indoor and outdoor, from all over the world. Represented were Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Netherlands, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, as well as 48 US states. The symposium is well-known for its education offerings. Every year the show delivers a wide variety of new sessions on topics that increase safety, improve operations and grow the bottom line. This year was no exception. “Within the first hour of the education component, I learned enough to pay for my trip expenses four times over," smiled Jim Kunau from Texas’s Hurricane Alley Waterpark. “How many conferences can boast that kind of payback?” “Our sessions this year saw a substantial increase in daily attendance and the people in the room were actively participating – the energy in the room was inspiring,” observed Chris Landgrave, chair of WWA‘s education committee. “We feel the strength of our programme lies in the fact that our speakers are waterpark operators themselves; they speak from experience.”


NOVEMBER 2012


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