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On Wednesday, the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) announced that it will be moving its national headquarters from Virginia to Orlando, Florida.
According to the Orlando Business Journal, the IAAPA’s current headquarters is located in Alexandria, Virginia, but the association will move to Orlando in 2017. The move will also extend the IAAPA’s Expo contract with Orlando through 2030.
The move to Orlando for the IAAPA is the perfect fit. With more than 66 million travelers visiting the region’s top amusement parks each year—including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando—the industry has a $60 billion impact on the Orlando area.
“IAAPA is the global organization that supports and connects attractions industry professionals from around the world and although we’ve done so successfully for almost 100 years, it’s now time to look ahead and form our vision for the next 100 years,” IAAPA vice president John McReynolds said in a statement. “I cannot think of a better place to build our future than in Orlando, the theme park and attractions capital of the world.”
The extension of the contract for the IAAPA Expo in Orlando is also good news for the region. The expo draws an estimated 30,000 tourism-related attendees each year and generates more than $51 million for the local economy.