Required approvals are in place and officials from the
International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment
Industry (IALEI) and the International Association of
Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) are moving forward
to dissolve IALEI and merge the IALEI membership into
According to an official press release, a transition
team made up of members of IALEI and IAAPA will guide the
formal transition of member services in the coming weeks.
Several transition-related issues have already been
- All current members of IALEI will automatically
qualify for IAAPA member benefits starting Nov. 1,
2009, and effective for one year, until Dec. 31,
- Current IALEI members will also receive free
registration for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009 in Las
Vegas, Nov. 16-20. During the Expo, they can
participate in general education and the education
track for family entertainment centers (FECs), made up
of 16 different seminars and programs, at no additional
- IAAPA’s FEC committee will be reconfigured
to coordinate and oversee membership development and
service for FECs. The committee will be made up of
equal representation from current IAAPA FEC members and
members of IALEI. IALEI board chair, Dorothy Lewis,
will chair the IAAPA FEC Committee starting in
- As IALEI has in the past, IAAPA will work closely
with the American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA)
and the Amusement & Music Operators Association
(AMOA) to produce FunExpo 2010 with the William T.
Glasgow company managing the event. FunExpo 2010 will
take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
- The FEC section of the IAAPA web site will be
redesigned and upgraded. It will offer additional
services and be accessible via a new
- IAAPA will host a minimum of four webinars for free
specifically designed for FEC members in 2010.
- In 2010, IAAPA will conduct research similar to the
IALEI State of the Industry report and make it
available to FEC members.
“Throughout this process, our focus was on
doing what is best for the members of IALEI,” said
Dorothy Lewis, chair of IALEI, in the press releaase.
“We believe dissolving IALEI and merging into
IAAPA is the best long-term option for our members and the
FEC industry overall.”
“We are pleased to welcome the members of IALEI
to IAAPA,” added Charles Bray, president and CEO
of IAAPA. “We look forward to working together for
the continued growth and development of the FEC