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Episode 7: The Leisure and Attractions Industry in England and in Europe, a short and long term outlook on the road to recovery
Amanda Thompson OBE, Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the UK and current Chairman of IAAPA, joins Dennis Speigel to discuss the status of the leisure and attractions industry in the midst of a global pandemic. As the first European woman to hold the position of Chairman of IAAPA, Amanda specifically discusses unique and successful practices that have been put into place at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and provides her exclusive perspective on what the road to recovery will look like moving beyond 2020. Join us live for a highly informative and dynamic conversation!

Dec 2, 2020 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dennis L. Speigel
Founder & CEO @International Theme Park Services, Inc.
Internationally recognized as a leader and expert in the amusement industry with over 50 years of experience, Dennis Speigel founded International Theme Park Services, Inc. (ITPS) in 1983. Dennis began his career in the amusement industry as a ticket taker at age 13, and this passion has blossomed into a lifelong calling. His vast experience in analyzing, developing, planning, designing, opening, and managing theme parks and attractions has made Dennis a sought-after speaker, consultant, teacher, and advisor. He is past Chairman of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), currently serves on its Advisory Board, and has been awarded not only its Meritorious Service Award, but also its Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrious service to the industry. Dennis has led his longtime team in working on over 500 projects in 50 countries and prides himself on providing services that brings smiles to people’s faces.
Amanda Thompson OBE
Managing Director @Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Amanda Thompson is Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and President of Stageworks Worldwide Productions and successfully combines these two major and demanding roles. Amanda is currently chairman of IAAPA and is the first ever European woman to hold this position. Under her leadership she has transformed the park, including Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s biggest project to date, the UK’s first ever double launch roller coaster, ICON, which represented a £16.25M investment. In 2019, Amanda launched the parks new £12M hotel, the Boulevard, and was responsible its interior design and styling. Amanda’s experience in the industry has shown beyond doubt that she is accustomed to tackling difficult and demanding workloads head-on. She has a talent for pushing the boundaries and demanding the very best from every project she undertakes.