Mayor Demings and two other men standing next to a wall with the IAAPA logo on it

IAAPA Celebrates Grand Opening of New Global Headquarters in Orange County


IAAPA, the association for the attractions industry, recently celebrated the grand opening of its $14 million, 22,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art international headquarters in Orlando this week. The company relocated from the Washington, D.C. area, creating more than 40 new high-wage jobs.

“I am thrilled that IAAPA is part of Orange County’s vision of being not only a world-class location for visitors and residents, but also as a premier business destination,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. “Increasing the number of companies that are headquartered here in Orange County is a main goal of our economic development strategy.”

IAAPA is now a part of the Central Florida region’s story highlighting a growing number of companies choosing Orlando as a headquarters location because of its outstanding assets and business climate. IAAPA represents what everyone should know about the Orlando region, there is a thriving attractions industry here, and this is a top location for business.

“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,” said David Rosenberg, 2019 chairman of the IAAPA Board of Directors and vice president of Monterey Bay Aquarium.” It is also perfectly positioned to support the association’s global operations.”

Locally, IAAPA is most widely recognized for its IAAPA Expo held each November at the Orange County Convention Center. The annual conference and trade show, currently booked to remain in Orlando through 2030, attracts more than 38,000 attractions industry professionals from 100 countries each year. IAAPA Expo 2019 is taking place Nov. 18-22, 2019.

Photo Caption: [L to R]: Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, IAAPA Chairman David Rosenberg, IAAPA President and CEO Hal McEvoy (President and CEO)

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