ALEXANDRIA, VA — The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions is adding a new FEC workshop to its comprehensive educational program offered in conjunction with its annual Attractions Expo. The first Rookies and Newcomers program will begin as an early-bird session on Nov. 14, the day before the formal opening of IAAPA’s 2010 show, and conclude Monday with a half-day session. Separate registration is required.
Designed for new owners and operators of family entertainment centers, Rookies and Newcomers will cover how to open an FEC, how to market and manage a facility and ways to maintain a successful operation. Led by industry experts, the program will provide the information, tools and skill set needed to turn a fun concept into a business reality. The association notes that even the more experienced FEC professionals can benefit from the broad overview of industry best practices offered by this course.
The November session will be co-moderated by Dorothy E. Lewis, Fun Station Associates (Danbury, CT), chairwoman of IAAPA’s Family Entertainment Center Committee, and Richard Sanfilippo, Sam’s Fun City (Pensacola, FL).
The FEC seminar originally was developed by the International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry, which merged into IAAPA last fall. Designed by FEC operators, the program taps into the expertise of successful veteran practitioners who will share their hands-on experience and best practices.
The registration fee is $325 for IAAPA members and $429 for nonmembers. It includes course tuition and materials, lunch on Sunday and Monday, and a reception Sunday evening. The fee also covers registration for the Attractions Expo.
IAAPA's education programming at the exposition offers an additional 15 sessions related to FEC operations. Topics include engaging staff, birthday parties, all-access debit-card systems, food and beverage operations, and improving services and profits.
Information about FEC sessions or any of the more than 85 seminars offered at IAAPA Attractions Expo is available through the Personal Planner, which can be accessed from the event’s website at iaapa.org/iaapaattractionsexpo.