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Exclusive Offer for FAA Members
Two tourism events are coming up in June in tandem with the U.S. Travel Association's IPW travel trade show in Orlando - the eTourism Summit and the Connect THRIVE Summit. FAA members can register for the exclusive rate of $995 (regular rate is $1495 for in-person marketer registration)*.
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June 6-8, 2022
Orange County Convention Center
eTourism Summit represents the intersection of fast-moving digital marketing and destination
promotion where marketers, attractions, and vendors share the latest tools, trends and solutions
in media, platforms, content, search, social media, mobile, and web design. Hear from your peers and be a part of stimulating conversations. Attendees include DMOs, state and regional travel associations, attractions, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, interactive marketing agencies, research and analytics data specialist agencies, and advertising, PR and marketing agencies with travel industry clients.
Connect THRIVE SUMMIT
June 4-5, 2022
Connect THRIVE Summit is focused on creating business opportunities, developing community and producing partnerships through LGBTQ travel, sports, and entertainment. This one-of-a-kind, business-to-business marketing summit features dynamic general sessions with today’s most successful LGBTQ and ally business leaders and networking events alongside a series of pre-scheduled, one-on-one connections between destinations, resorts, hotels, attractions, domestic and international tour operators and travel agents, sports rights holders, media, marketers and brands.
*eTourism Summit and THRIVE attendees will be able to attend the IPW opening and closing parties, daily lunch presentations and will have access to the trade show floor. Registration does NOT include appointments. If you would like to take appointments with international operators, attendees must also be registered for IPW. Register for IPW here.
In response to the critical staffing situation that many of our member businesses face, further complicated by the omicron variant surge, we have made the decision to present our 2022 Attraction Regional Forum as one virtual event on Thursday, February 10 at 10:00am ET.
If you wish to register for the virtual Attraction Regional Forum, please register here.
If you have already registered for the in-person Attraction Regional Forum, your registration will be cancelled, and you will receive a full refund. You will be required to re-register for the virtual event.
If you have any questions, please contact your FAA staff in Tallahassee.
The Florida Attractions Association Board of Directors invites our attraction and associate members to a special FAA Networking Dinner during IAAPA week taking place at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse in Lake Buena Vista (Vineland & SR 535) on Wednesday, November 17, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Register here!
Missed the Super Saver deadline for IAAPA Expo?
No problem! We've extended the savings, just for Florida Attractions Association members. Register here!
Don't miss connecting with more than 38,000+ of your peers from 100+ countries at the global attractions industry's premier event.
Our industry advocacy event will be held November 11-13 this year. Please register now and invite your county’s Legislative Delegation to come and visit your attraction for a briefing and tour to learn more about our industry’s positive impact on the economy and quality of life for the Sunshine State. Registration is now open and resources are posted here.
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It's time for the 2022 edition of one of the most popular travel guides at Florida Welcome Centers and Turnpike Plazas - the Official Guide Map to Florida Attractions!
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November 15, 1965 was a date Governor Hayden Burns pronounced as “the most significant in the history of Florida.” Was Governor Burns’ statement hyperbole? The dramatic series of events proceeding that date are well documented, but worthy of another read on this historic day in our state’s and industry’s history.
As a 7-year-old boy, sitting at the dinner table in Kissimmee on that November evening, I distinctly remember my father saying, “Kids, I have some exciting news. Walt Disney is going to build a Disneyland down the road.” To which my reply was something like, “That’s nice. May I have more meatloaf, please?”
Less than 6 years later, 50 years ago today, Walt Disney World opened, and the trajectory of our state would never be the same. No one, not even Walt Disney himself, could have imagined how our state would look 50 years later.
For our Florida Attractions Association members whose attractions predate 1971 (and there are many), the founders of your attractions knew long before Walt Disney that Florida was a special place. They understood the unique geography, climate, natural resources, and people made Florida a vacation wonderland. Some of our members were around even prior to the turn of the 20th century! Your Florida Attractions Association itself pre-dates Disney’s opening by 22 years.
For our members opening A.D. (after Disney), you recognized that in some way, shape or form, your business was influenced by Disney’s presence in the Sunshine State. The nexus may be big or small, but it’s undeniable that Walt Disney World has significantly influenced the attraction industry here and around the world.
Whether Disney’s impact on your business is explicit or not, it has firmly positioned Florida as the attraction epicenter of the universe. Governor Burns calling the Disney announcement the most significant event in Florida’s history is a matter of opinion, but he might have been absolutely correct.
Many years later, that seven-year-old boy began what would become a 46+ year career in the attractions industry as he stepped onto Main Street USA as a Walt Disney World Custodial Host. That’s my story. There are many of us in the FAA family whose attractions industry careers began under the tutelage of Mickey.
Today, as Walt Disney World launches “The World’s Most Magical Celebration”, we remember Roy Disney’s dedication of the resort with these words, “May Walt Disney World bring joy and inspiration and new knowledge to all who come to this happy place … a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn together.”
Irrespective of which attraction you represent today, we are all privileged to be in an industry that’s dedicated to providing experiences “where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn together.” Few can claim to work in a career with a higher calling or a more noble purpose.
Happy 50th Anniversary Walt Disney World!
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