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NEAAPA Weekly News - March 10, 2021

March 10, 2021


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While we still can't meet in person, we can still get the business of the Association done. NEAAPA will hold its Annual Business Meeting virtually this year. There is no cost to attend and be part of this online event.


The agenda will be:

  • Call to Order
  • President’s Report from Eric Anderson
  • Secretary’s Report (minutes from the 2019 Annual Meeting)
  • Finance Committee Report from Cindy Brewer-Lavoie
  • Nominating Committee Report from Kevin Naughton
  • New President's Speech from Dave Oberlander
  • Membership Committee Report & Milestones from 2020 and 2021 from Tom Tessitore
  • Adjournment

Anyone wishing to participate must register in advance.


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Gateway Ticketing Systems Releases Latest Version of their Galaxy Ticketing & Guest Experience Solution

Gateway Ticketing Systems, the world leader in ticketing and guest experience solutions for the attractions industry, has released the latest version of its flagship Galaxy suite of software – continuing their commitment to leading the attractions industry by providing a world class feature set and supporting their customers through the COVID-19 pandemic.

"When we were developing Galaxy 7.8, we kept a tight focus on two goals: to innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible for a ticketing and guest experience solution, and to deliver features we know attractions need now and in a post-COVID world," says Michael Andre, President and CEO of Gateway Ticketing Systems. "Venues will find many value-added features and enhancements that provide for more guest convenience and safety, an improved sales interface, increased ease of use, and increased data and fraud security."


When attractions first closed their gates in the United States due to COVID-19, Gateway Ticketing Systems responded swiftly to add two new necessary features to their software and made them immediately available to their customers: the ability to issue order returns in bulk, and the ability to extend membership/pass validity in bulk. Soon after, they began holding Webinar Wednesdays, an award-winning series of webinars that went on to receive widespread acclaim from both attraction industry professionals and industry media alike.


Read the full press release here


Study Details Measurable, Hard-Hitting Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Attractions Industry

A study released by IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, details the massive scope of COVID-19’s impact on the U.S. attractions industry workforce – with an employment loss five times larger than the average loss across all other industries.


The report, compiled by Jim Futrell, IAAPA historian and market research professional,showcases an industry in dire need of support from elected officials and policymakers who play a key role in facilitating the safe reopening of attractions and can spearhead COVID-19 relief legislation.


“Just as amusement parks and arcades, historical sites, zoos and other attractions were ramping up seasonal hiring last year, the economy shut down,” said John Hallenbeck, vice president, North America, IAAPA. “That meant a sudden and immediate drop in employment. It’s imperative to the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of Americans that state and local governments continue to push for the safe reopening of attractions facilities as soon as possible.”


Read the full press release online at


View the Study Here


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