October 10, 2017 – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has elected Amanda Thompson OBE to serve as second vice chair in 2018 before going on to become first vice chair in 2019. Thompson will then lead IAAPA as chairman of the board in 2020.
Amanda Thompson is the Managing Director of Pleasure Beach Blackpool in Lancashire, UK. Pleasure Beach Blackpool became the first IAAPA member outside the United States when her grandfather joined the association in 1935. Her father, Geoffrey Thompson, was chairman of the IAAPA board in 1996. Mrs Thompson will be third woman to lead the organisation in its 100 year history, and the first from Europe.
“I’m excited for this opportunity to give back to this industry I love,” says Thompson. “I want to ensure that IAAPA is the global association of our industry and that we support and serve our members in all regions. Our industry employs more than 2 million globally, so it is a key industry, and a great industry to work in.”
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