WWA Show : 3 Lessons Learned & What to Expect at IAAPA Expo 2022

Last month, I had the pleasure of bringing Voilà! to the WWA (World Waterpark Association) in Las Vegas.

With over 200 exhibitors and industry-wide speakers, the atmosphere was unlike any other: cool, casual and above all inspiring. I had the opportunity to connect with several industry experts and many more rookies like myself.

With IAAPA Expo starting next week, it leaves many (including myself!) excited for what’s to come at the world’s largest industry attraction trade show.

Based on what I learned from the WWA show, here’s what we can expect at IAAPA Expo in Orlando:

1. A growing interest in workforce management solutions

After talking to a few industry experts, I learned that most operators are open to exploring workforce solutions to make their lives easier. Filling unassigned shifts is a major challenge for them. Finding the right employee at the right time can be challenging, especially in a weather-dependent industry. 

Having the option to use fallback rules to invite workers from other locations to fill an unassigned shift is a major problem-solver for waterpark consultants like Joshua Martinez.

2. Hall of Fame Inductions

Outstanding service, innovation and advancement in the waterpark industries are why Patty Miller, Billy Hamilton and David Sangree are being honoured and inducted into this year’s WWA hall of fame.

Expect the same for a major show-stopping event like IAAPA. Word on the street is four industry legends that represent more than 100 years of influence and vivid imagination are all set to be inducted at this year’s IAAPA hall of fame.

3. Using technology to empower staff during peak season

Turns out, the attractions industry has as many highs and lows as a rollercoaster. Knowing how to manage the busy season is crucial to reaching your bottom line.

It all starts with empowering your staff by giving them the tools they need to succeed. Our partner Connect&GO offers RFID access control for cashless payments and experiential activations at your facility, minimizing the friction and time caused by manual ticketing and transactions.

Why not take Voilà! for a ride?