Attractions industry leaders recently gathered in Washington D.C. April 8-9, 2019, during IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days where more than 38 U.S. attractions leaders met with representatives from 66 congressional offices to discuss the industry’s legislative priorities and regulatory issues. 

With 333 million annual visitors, a total employment impact of 733,605 jobs, and a total revenue impact of $51 billion, the U.S. attractions industry plays a vital role within local communities and the overall U.S. economy. IAAPA members met with congressional offices representing 17 states to discuss key priority issues affecting the attractions industry, including:

  • Amusement Ride Safety – IAAPA supports effective state ride safety regulation based on the standards developed by ASTM International F24 Committee on Amusement Rides and Devices.
  • J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program – IAAPA supports the continuation of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program without additional requirements which unnecessarily limit current use of the program.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or drones) – IAAPA supports the UAS provisions passed by the 115th Congress requiring the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop a process to petition the FAA to restrict the operation of UAS over and in close proximity to fixed-site facilities such as amusement parks where UAS flight presents safety hazards.

IAAPA would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our members from across the U.S., speakers, and presenters who all contributed to this year’s successful event.  

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