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  • January 12, 2017 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join us in thanking our Associate members who helped distribute the 2017 Official Guide Map to Florida Attractions!

    Visit our Official Guide Map page.

  • January 10, 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Florida Tourism Day is coming up quickly! Now is the time to register to join your industry colleagues in Tallahassee to educate state representatives on the importance of Florida's tourism industry.

    Click here to register today!

  • January 04, 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Florida Attractions Association Mourns the Passing of Industry Statesman, Leader, Visionary and Friend, Thom Stork

    Dear FAA Family,

    It is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce the passing of The Florida Aquarium's esteemed and much loved President and CEO, Thom Stork, who, after a valiant fight, succumbed to his battle with cancer on Monday, January 2. Thom served as Chairman of the Board of the Florida Attractions Association from 1991 until 1993. We hope you will join us in remembering him with deep gratitude for his service to the FAA and for making The Florida Aquarium a vital part of the Tampa Bay community.

    Fourteen years ago, Thom entered the picture when the Aquarium was facing some challenges; however, over the years and with your support, he turned the tide. During his many years at the helm, Thom led the Aquarium to record attendance while bringing our guests' experience, as well as our animal and conservation programs, to new heights.

    With solid vision, commitment and an entrepreneurial spirit, he oversaw the creation of Explore a Shore and a Rising Tides $15 million campaign which delivered Stingray Beach, the Carol J. and Barney Barnett Learning Center and the Mosaic Center, scheduled for completion soon. He expressed that one of his most rewarding contributions to the Aquarium was forging a dynamic partnership with Tampa Electric (TECO) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to create the 20-acre Center for Conservation at Apollo Beach, now in the early stages of development.

    It was Thom's urgent request that The Florida Aquarium team continue to work passionately to protect and restore our blue planet, including our waters right here in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. He also encouraged us to continue building bridges by expanding our conservation partnerships such as those with the National Aquarium in Cuba. We know our supporters expect this as well, and we will tirelessly continue to do so.

    We all will miss Thom tremendously. A true leader, he led our team with great success and prepared the Aquarium for a promising future. Prior to Thom's passing, The Aquarium's Succession Planning Committee began the process of finding a new President and CEO. As Chief Operating Officer, I am now assuming the interim role of CEO while continuing to manage the Aquarium's day-to-day business operations with my leadership team.

    Thank you for helping us remember Thom, and please join us in sending prayers and thoughts to his beautiful family.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Scott Rose

    Chairman of the Board, Florida Attractions Association

    Chief Operating Officer, The Florida Aquarium

  • December 30, 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Orlando, FL - Wet 'n Wild water park has officially closed to make way for future plans for Universal Orlando Resort.

    Wet 'n Wild has long been a staple of the Orlando tourism industry. To read more about this popular water park, take a look at this article from the Orlando Business Journal.

  • December 19, 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is now available for the four Attraction Regional Forums taking place around the state of Florida from January 31 to February 3.

    Visit our event page for more information and registration.

  • December 13, 2016 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Register Now for Florida Tourism Day!

    Join hundreds of your tourism colleagues on March 14, 2017 in Tallahassee to educate the legislature, media and all Floridians about the importance of Florida’s tourism industry!

    It is vital that each of us let our lawmakers know the positive economic impact of tourism to Florida and its residents and how crucial it is for them to support Florida’s No. 1 industry.

    Register Now!

    Donald L. Tucker Civic Center - Exhibit Hall
    505 West Pensacola Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32301

  • December 08, 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One sponsorship is left, and it is first-come, first-served!

    The Attraction Regional Forums bring attraction representatives together in four locations throughout Florida to actively participate in relevant topical conversations such as market trends, technology, operations, best practices, and more. The Forums are an incredible opportunity to get face time in front of Florida-based attractions and to hear the issues that are most important to them in the industry today.

    Contact the FAA office immediately at 850-222-2885 or at donaldson@floridaattractions.org for more information.

  • December 01, 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The dates for the 2017 Attraction Regional Forums have been set around the state in a city near you! Visit our event page to learn more about locations. Registration is coming soon.

  • November 30, 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hermine and Matthew: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Season (Dec. 8 3-4 p.m.)

    For the first time in over ten years, major hurricanes struck Florida on both the east and west coasts. How did your attraction prepare for, experience, and return to operation from these storms? What would you have done differently in order to keep the public informed and aware of your attraction's affected operations?

    Kurt Allen, Vice President and General Manager of Marineland Dolphin Adventure will be joined by leaders of other attractions affected by this season's storms on Thursday, December 8 from 3 to 4 p.m. to discuss their experiences in this year's hurricanes and share best practices for emergency operations and communications with lessons learned from Hurricanes Matthew and Hermine. FAA staff will also share how your Association will better serve member attractions in the event of a future storm.

    Click here to register for this webinar!

  • November 21, 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2016 FAA Networking Breakfast was held at the Orange County Convention Center during the IAAPA Attractions Expo, and it was a hit among our members. Click here to see more about this popular event.

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