The world meeting for theme parks with miniatures took place at the Italia in Miniatura theme park in Rimini, Italy, in september 2001.
The world meeting of IAMP, the International Association of Miniature Parks ended having defined company structure and set up a working agenda.
The meeting was attended by eighteen representatives from the foremost miniature parks in the world, parks which are visited by six million people every year. At present there are fifty theme parks with miniatures in various countries around the world, and every year on average two new parks open. New parks planned to open shortly include Pueblochico Park in Tenerife, Canary Islands (due to open before the end of 2001), and Mini Israel, due to be opened somewhere between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in spring 2002. Parks with miniatures are also planned for Istanbul and Athens by the end of 2003, and finally America in Miniature will see the light in California or Las Vegas by 2004 or 2005.
The meeting of the International Association of Miniature Parks nominated as its president the Belgian Rudi Rasschaert of the Mini Europe park in Brussels. He will be assisted by three deputies, responsible respectively for three working parties. Diethard Humer of the Minimundus park in Austria will head the committee for members and new parks; Paolo Rambaldi of Italia in Miniatura will deal with the technical and product committee, and E.M.Bierens of the Madurodam park in Holland will head the committee for marketing and public relations. All the other members will join on of the 3 other committees.
The International Association of Miniature Parks will be formally presented in Orlando, USA, at the forthcoming trade fair of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), scheduled to take place from the 12th to the 17th of November 2001. Marketing and public relations programs will be proposed and activated.
The meeting in Rimini was significant, says Rasschaert , not only because it gave us the opportunity to look at the problems facing us at present, but also because we were able to set up coordination and support for the various parks now in existence around the world. We at Mini-Europe supported the launch of this common initiative, which developed from a common perception shared by us and by the other members.
A temporary Internet site, under construction is already active: www.miniatureparks.org
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