TEA Summit

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2017 TEA Summit & Thea Awards Gala: April 20-22 at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim CA USA.

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Together, the annual Summit & Thea Awards of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) comprise TEA’s most important weekend of events. They are also vital business networking gatherings. The TEA Summit & Thea Awards bring the international leisure attractions community together to celebrate and learn about top projects, people, events, technologies, markets and trends.

The annual TEA Summit & Thea Awards take place over the course of 3 days on a weekend in the spring, in Los Angeles. They are ticketed events and receive support from corporate sponsorship and extensive coverage from the industry press and in the mainstream media.

TEA Summit Day One (April 20) addresses business issues and trends in the visitor attractions industry. Day One offers an exclusive in-depth look at the headline Thea Award recipients: a conversation with the Buzz Price lifetime honoree (2017 recipient, Jeremy Railton Founder / Chairman of  Entertainment Design Corporation), and case study of the Thea Classic (2017 recipient, WaterWorld: a Live Sea War Spectacular, Universal Studios Hollywood). Day One also includes the global market outlook discussion with top economics specialist AECOM, peer discussion on "elephant in the room" industry topics and more. See details of TEA Summit Day One April 20, 2017

2017 TEA Summit Day One co-chairs: TEA Past President and Educational Programming Committee Chair Christine Kerr of BaAM Productions and TEA International Board Member Joanna del Moral of BRPH Architects-Engineers, Inc.

Day Two of the TEA Summit (April 21) is Thea Case Studies Day, a day of presentations showcasing the current slate of Thea Awards recipients that are set to be honored the following evening at the annual Thea Awards Gala. Case Studies Day is open to a broad industry audience including TEA NextGen (student and academic) members and the press. 

2017 TEA Summit Day Two co-chairs: TEA past president Roberta Perry of ETI, and past TEA Distinguished Service Award recipient Pat MacKay of Ones&ZerosMedia. See details about projects and speakers at Thea Case Studies Day 2017, April 21.

The prestigious Thea Award is considered one of the attraction industry's greatest honors. The awards were founded in 1994 by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). TEA's annual Thea Awards Gala is an elegant, black-tie dinner event held in the spring in Los Angeles, following the TEA Summit. Learn more about the 2017 Thea Awards recipients and how to attend the 2017 Thea Awards Gala April 22.


Want to volunteer?

As with all TEA events, both the TEA Summit and Thea Awards depend partly on volunteers from within the Association to help with a wide range of tasks. Each year, TEA needs help creating, staging and producing the annual Thea Awards Gala in Los Angeles. Depending on what you volunteer to do, this usually requires anywhere from one to 10 days in the course of a 6-week period usually in February-March (the Gala is held every spring, usually in April).


Being part of this team involves real work and responsibility and the ability to take direction. It’s also fun and a great way to meet people and learn more about the industry.

Learn more by visiting the TEA Summit & Thea Awards blog

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