On June 22, Monday, the Philippine Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (PhilAAPA) held a special event to promote the culture of safety in the operations and maintenance of amusement parks and attractions in the country. Enchanted Kingdom hosted this event entitled the 2nd PhilAAPA Tour Operators Day EduTourism and Safety Forum. It was held at the Enchanting Events Place (EEP), Sta. Rosa, Laguna from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. This event as organized by PhilAAPA was supported by International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) aims to uplift the safety standards for the local amusement and attractions industry.
Representatives from the Department of Trade, Department of Tourism (DOT), and Department of Education (DepEd) were present to witness the Manifesto signed by all the PhilAAPA members and the Code of Safety signed by the Tour Operators.
IAAPA delegates who will speak in the Forum was led by Mr. Gerardo Arteaga, IAAPA Chairman for 2015 and Chairman of FANTASILANDIA Chile. He was accompanied by Mr. Sascha Czibulka – Executive Vice President, INTAMIN Amusement Rides Int. Corp. Est (LIECHTENSTEIN), Mr. James Allen “JIM” Pattison Jr. -President, Ripley Entertainment (CANADA), Mr. Michael Anthony Turner – VP, International Business Development, Neptune Benson (USA), Ms. Franceen Gonzales – Vice President, Waterpark Business Development, WhiteWater West (USA) Mr. Yas Fujii – Vice President & Executive Director, S&S Worldwide Inc. / GM, Amusement Ride Div. Sansei -Technologies (JAPAN), Mr. Greg O’neill – Co-Director, Amusement & Leisure Services (AUSTRALIA), Mr. James Leonard “JIM” Seay – President, Premier-Rides (USA).
This big event was participated by the current PHILAAPA Members: Avilon Zoo, Boom na Boom (PETCO), Club Manila East Resort & Hotel, D Creative Adventures, Dahilayan Adventure Park, Davao Crocodile Park, Design Development Industries, Inc., Enchanted Kingdom, Inc., Festival Supermall, Funlines Amusement International Corporation, Fun Ranch, Gulf Leisure & Entertainment Corporation, Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park, Manila Ocean Park, Myth of the Human Body, Ocean Adventure, Paradise Ranch, Quantum Amusement Corporation, Resorts World Manila, Seri Fantasy World, SM Tickets, SM Family Entertainment Center Inc., Star City, Sun Cruises, Inc., The Mind Museum, Theme Builders Philippines, Inc., Ticket World, Timezone, TUV Rheinland Philippines, Inc., Westech International Philippines Inc., World of Fun, Zamperla Asia Pacific, Zoomanity Group.
The new PhilAAPA members namely Art in Island, Dreamplay, Funmania (Active Fun), Kidzania, JAM Liner Inc., and Puzzle Mansion was inducted by Mayor Arlene Arcillas, Mayor of Santa Rosa City.