Busch Gardens Tampa Wins Applause Award at IAAPA 2016
The theme for the 2016 IAAPA conference in Orlando, Florida was every experience matters. During the conference’s kickoff event, IAAPA announced the winner of the biannual Applause Award. Biannually, since 1980, the Applause Award is presented by an international committee of theme park and amusement industry professionals. The prestigeous award honors an amusement park whose management, operations, and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry with their foresight, originality and sound business development.
The 2016 applause award was presented to Busch Gardens Tampa at the 2016 IAAPA Attractions Expo.
“We are honored to be recognized by the Liseberg Board of Governors and by the members of IAAPA for the prestigious Applause Award. The unique and unparalleled combination of world-class thrill rides and impressive animal collection continues to position Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as a leading family destination,” said Jim Dean, president and general manager of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “We share this award with all of our hardworking park ambassadors.”
After the ceremony, Michael (one of our coaster nation reporters) caught up with Jim Dean (BGT park president & GM) for a quick photo!
Previous winners of the Applause Award include Cedar Point in 1996, Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 2002, and Dollywood in 2010. The award has also been given to international parks, including EuropaPark in Germany and Ocean Park in Hong Kong.
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