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This year, the AAVEA Annual Conference will be virtual. Current events mean that we can’t meet in person, but as an industry particularly hard hit by the pandemic it’s more important than ever that we gather so that we can continue learning, growing, and navigating our way to a full recovery for the tourism industry.

Join us on 20 August 2020 for AAVEA Virtual 2020. We’re excited to take the leap to virtual, and we’ll be by your side every step of the way as we introduce you to the virtual platform. Everything you expect from the AAVEA Annual Conference will be still be there: great content, national and international perspectives, networking with colleagues, support from suppliers, and updates on products and services that help make attractions great.

Registration opens in July, and be sure to watch this space for more details on the programme.

A virtual conference is cool because....

In addition to still getting all the regular perks and opportunities for engagement – sessions, roundtable discussions, keynotes, space to connect with sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers – the virtual conference has added benefits:

  • No travel time!
  • Dip in and out of sessions unobtrusively
  • Access to all content for 6 months post-conference
  • Connect with a larger gathering for meaningful collaborations
  • Easier to balance work demands with conference attendance

What is the conference about?

Building on the success of the five previous Attractions Africa Conferences (2014 – 2018) and the inaugural Annual AAVEA Conference (2019), AAVEA Virtual 2020 will be held on 20 August 2020. We are reconfiguring our successful longstanding conference to a one day virtual meeting. We think it is important to regroup and reconnect, now more than ever, so watch the space for confirmation of the date and the exciting new format.

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Who should attend?

The MDs, the Ops Directors, the Marketing Teams, the HR Specialists, and the Midlevel On-Site Managers from:

  • Adventure and adrenalin activities
  • Aquariums, zoos, and animal sanctuaries
  • Excursions: air, boat, rail and road
  • Family entertainment centres
  • Heritage and cultural institutions and experiences
  • Markets, festivals, and events at attractions
  • Museums and science centres
  • Natural attractions
  • Nature and game reserves
  • Public gardens, parks, and sports and recreation facilities
  • Theme parks and water parks
  • Wine farms, craft breweries, and other food and drink attractions

Stakeholders from the broader tourism economy including representatives of:

  • Tourism bodies
  • Destination management organisations
  • Suppliers of products and services
  • Tourism practitioners and influencers

Whether your visitors are school children, domestic visitors, or international tourists, you draw visitors by consistently providing an interesting and enjoyable encounter. Your top priority is to deliver an exceptional experience to each and every visitor, each and every time, so take your attraction, experience, or cultural institution to new heights with the knowledge, connections, and expertise you’ll gain at AAVEA Virtual 2020.

Connect with a network of visitor experience and attraction professionals: join us in August for AAVEA Virtual 2020.

Registration is open

Past conferences

Visit the websites of our past conferences to see how we’ve been growing and improving over the last six years.

The previous conference by the numbers

110 Participants 18 Sessions
37 Attractions attended 1134 followers
89% of participants rated the conference as ‘very good’ or better!