The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has announced it will relocate its global headquarters to Orlando, Florida, from its current location in Alexandria, Virginia, next year.

The IAAPA board of directors approved the association’s relocation to the global epicentre of the theme park and attractions industry during last week’s Euro Attractions Show in Barcelona.

“The central Florida location will make it easier for IAAPA members from around the world to connect with each other and engage with IAAPA’s professional staff when they travel to the region to meet with industry suppliers and to see some of the latest industry innovations at Florida’s attractions,” the association stated.

“As IAAPA’s staffing needs grow in the future, the move will also facilitate the association’s ability to recruit candidates with industry experience.”

John McReynolds, IAAPA chair and senior vice president of external affairs for Universal Parks and Resorts, added: “I cannot think of a better place to build our future than in Orlando, the theme park and attractions capital of the world.”

“Our new headquarters will become a global gathering place where industry leaders will connect to conduct business, learn from each other, address challenges, and imagine the attractions that will put smiles on people’s faces for many years to come.”

The news coincided with IAAPA confirming that its flagship trade event, IAAPA Attractions Expo, would remain at the Orange County Convention Centre until at least 2030.