Will Morey Attends Asian Attraction Expo as Chairman of IAAPA

June 10, 2013

Will Morey Attends Asian Attraction Expo as Chairman of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)

President & CEO of Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks
To Deliver Opening Remarks

Marina Bay Sands Singapore, June 4th – 7th


Will Morey (center), Andrew Lee, Executive Director of the Asian-Pacific Region (far right) and members of the IAAPA Executive Committee take center stage at the Asian Attraction Expo’s opening kickoff.


THE WILDWOODS, NJ – June 10, 2013 – Will Morey, continued his aggressive 2013 member parks and attractions visit “around the world in 100 days” campaign, when he traveled to the 2013 IAAPA Asian Attraction Expo at the Sands Expo and Convention Center Marina Bay in Singapore. As chairman of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, Morey represents the industry’s leading trade association with more than 4,500 facility, supplier and individual members from 97 countries.

Morey kicked off the event during the expo’s opening ceremonies with more than 5,000 industry professionals from 60+ countries in attendance for a four day schedule of networking, educational seminars, behind-the-scenes tours and exhibits.  “IAAPA is at work for its members around the world, 365 days a year,” said Morey.

Will Morey addresses industry professionals during the opening ceremonies and kickoff event.

The Trade Show Floor offered attendees the best opportunity to explore everything new and exciting in the attractions market.  Exhibitors filled the 6,000 square space and included amusement and theme park rides, motion simulators, ziplines, architectural and design services, food and beverage items, waterslides and video games.

Will Morey visits an exhibitor on the trade show floor.
From front to back: Chairman of the Board, Will Morey, Morey’s Piers. 1st Vice Chair, Mario Mamon,
Enchanted Kingdom, Phillipines. : 2nd Vice Chair, Gerardo Arteago Cerda, Fantasilandia, Chile.

According to latest AECOM report North America is listed as the largest amusement/theme park market with 131.5 million visits to the continent’s 20 largest parks in 2012, up by 3.6 percent from 2011.  Asia’s amusement/theme park market continues to grow rapidly, achieving 108.7 million visits to its 20 largest parks in 2012, up 5.8 percent from 2011.

Asia continues to be a growing market within the industry and Morey described the growth of Asia’s attractions industry as amazing, pointing to the number of projects on the horizon such as Shanghai Disney Resort and Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Shuhai, China. He added that attractions must be “innovative and creative” when faced with challenges.

Will Morey and Mario Mamon at Resort World Sentosa Aquarium, Singapore.
From right to left: Chairman of the Board, Will Morey, Morey’s Piers. 1st Vice Chair, Mario Mamon,
Enchanted Kingdom, Phillipines.

The future of Morey’s 2013 chairmanship will include additional visits to various theme parks and attractions around the world, including a trip in September to attend the Euro Attractions Show being held in Paris.  Morey’s Piers is currently gearing up for the June 24-27 IAAPA Board of Directors meeting being held in Wildwood, NJ.  This event will bring top industry executives from around the world to experience the New Jersey shore. 

About Morey’s Piers

Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, New Jersey is a classic seaside amusement park, family owned and operated since 1969. Voted Top 3 for Best seaside amusement park in the world by Amusement Today, Morey’s Piers has over 100 rides and attractions spanning over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront waterparks. Convenient to the major population centers of the Northeast, yet a world apart, Morey’s Piers along with Morey Resorts combines the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. Visit them at Surfside Pier, featuring the Ocean Oasis Waterpark and Beach Club at 25th Avenue, Mariner’s Landing Pier, featuring Raging Waters Waterpark at Schellenger Avenue, and Adventure Pier at Spencer Avenue. For more information, visit www.moreyspiers.com or phone (609) 522-3900.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents more than 4,500 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. Member facilities include amusement/theme parks, water parks, attractions, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, resorts, and casinos. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. Revenue generated for the association by its involvement in trade shows and other activities are returned to the association to fund services for its members and the industry. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. www.IAAPA.org


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