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01 Aug 2017
Merlin chief executive to deliver keynote address at IAAPA 2017

Merlin Entertainments CEO Nick Varney has been named keynote speaker for the 2017 IAAPA attractions expo in Orlando, Florida.

Varney, who has more than two decades of experience within the attractions industry, was appointed Merlin chief executive when the company was formed in 1999, later being appointed company director in 2013.

Under his leadership, Merlin has become a global leader in location-based family entertainment, operating more than 100 attractions in 24 countries across four continents, welcoming 60 million people annually and employing some 27,0000 people.

"Nick leads a company with a diverse portfolio,” said IAAPA president and CEO Paul Noland. “We can all learn from his unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges ahead for the global attractions industry."

Varney will deliver his keynote during the GM and Owners’ breakfast, which takes place on 15 November at 8:15am. In addition to Varney’s speech, the breakfast will also include the presentation of the IAAPA Young Professional Award and the IAAPA Service Awards.


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20 Oct 2017
Szekely receives inaugural Living a Well Life award at 95 years young
Industry icon Deborah Szekely has been presented with the inaugural Living a Well Life Award, for embodying wellness principles and practices throughout her life.
20 Oct 2017
Dr Richard Carmona receives GWS Social Impact Award
Dr Richard Carmona – the 17th surgeon general of the US and chief of health innovation for wellness destination Canyon Ranch – received the Global Wellness Summit’s Social Impact Award for his commitment to expand access to health and wellness to people around the world.
19 Oct 2017
WAZA and UN team up to tackle environmental problems
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has signed an agreement with the United Nations (UN) in order to better combat marine litter, coral reef pollution and the illegal trade of species around the world.
18 Oct 2017
ISPA launches new global workforce study
The International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation announced the launch of a new spa workforce study at the 2017 ISPA Conference & Expo being held at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas this week.
18 Oct 2017
IAAPA supporting Give Kids the World at 2017 expo
Give Kids the World Village – a cost-free resort for children with life threatening illnesses – will enter its 22nd year in partnership with IAAPA at the organisation’s annual expo, with a number of initiatives and events lined up for this year’s show.
16 Oct 2017
Harmsworth receives ISPA Visionary Award
Sue Harmsworth, chair and founder of ESPA International, was awarded the ISPA Visionary Award this morning (16 October) at the International Spa Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas.
16 Oct 2017
ISPA attendees donate to Las Vegas first responders
Delegates at the ISPA conference at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas have started collecting donations for those who were first to respond to the worst mass shooting in modern US history.
16 Oct 2017
Bounce founder named top franchisor at Best Business Women Awards
Kimberlee Perry, founder of trampolining fitness group Bounce, has been named as the UK’s Best Franchisor at the Best Business Women Awards 2017.
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