TEA Events

TEA Summit 2018


What is the TEA Summit?
The TEA Summit takes place the two days before the Annual Thea Awards Gala and includes presentations and panels related to the year's award recipients and the state of the Themed Entertainment industry. 

The two-day, 2018 TEA Summit conference (April 5-6) is followed by the 24th Annual TEA Thea Awards Gala (April 7), presented by Chimelong, also at Disneyland Resort. 

The annual TEA Summit and Thea Awards are two of the ways that TEA has brought international attention to the unique business of themed entertainment. TEA is the international nonprofit membership association for the creators of compelling places and experiences. 

In the words of Adam Bezark, TEA Thea Awards Committee chair, “This is our annual update on the best our industry has to offer.” 

Taken together, the TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala (April 5-7, 2018) are one big weekend of professional development, networking, education and celebration, revolving around the current slate of TEA Thea Awards recipients and headlined by the best of the global themed entertainment business - industry superstars, creative and tech pioneers, and top projects all leading the way for tourism, real estate development and great guest experiences.

This year promises to be informative and provocative.

TEA Summit Day One (April 5) is an intimate Business-to-Business gathering for industry leaders, focused on where the visitor attractions industry is headed. The Day One program tends to attract top executives interested in the larger industry picture. This year features the global industry outlook from AECOM, Cedar Point, Thea Classic recipient, and a keynote with Thea Lifetime honoree, Phil Hettema. Only current TEA members may attend Summit Day One.

TEA Summit Day Two (April 6) is Thea Case Studies day and is open to TEA members and non-members.The Day Two sessions showcase the Thea Award recipients that will be honored the following evening (April 7) at the TEA Thea Awards Gala. Day Two speakers are project owners or owner's representatives with a key design team member. Each presentation highlights the project process. Additionally, it is an opportunity for everyone attending the Summit and the Thea Awards to meet and network with owners and designers. 

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