HUMMELSTOWN, PA -- The International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry announced that its board has approved the proposed merger of the FEC trade group and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. The IALEI vote occurred on June 30. The IAAPA board had voted in favor of the merger on June 25 during a telephone conference call.
The question now goes before IALEI's rank-and-file members, who will vote by proxy (remote ballot). IALEI said ballots will be mailed to all members on July 15 and are due to be returned for counting by late August. IALEI chairwoman Dorothy Lewis stressed: "It will now be up to our members to make the final decision."
If the IALEI membership approves the merger, officials said the transition process could begin in September and conclude by yearend. Transition teams from both associations are expected to finalize details of the merger plan over the next two months. Both boards will be kept apprised on the progress and will be required to approve final arrangements, officials added.
IALEI's board also passed a resolution to support moving forward with the combination merger agreement with IAAPA and dissolving IALEI. This motion was made to ensure that IALEI conformed with Illinois state laws governing nonprofit organizations. IALEI's attorney had raised some question about whether the board's original March 10 vote was fully valid under those statutes.
Founded 17 years ago, IALEI, based here, is a nonprofit organization representing family and location-based entertainment centers. IAAPA, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, represents some 4,100 firms and individuals involved in site-based amusement attractions and parks in 90 countries. It was established in 1918. This year, IAAPA is sponsoring and producing three major trade shows, including the Asian Attractions Expo, which was held in early June in Seoul, South Korea. The Euro Attractions Show heads to Amsterdam for a Sept. 30-Oct. 2 run and the IAAPA Attractions Expo is planned for Nov. 16-20 in Las Vegas.