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16 December 2015
TEA members explore behind the scenes at Gaylord National Harbor ICE!

Report from Brian Sands, Vice President at AECOM

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15 December 2015
Star Wars, Disney, Anthony Daniels and TEA SATE 2015 reporting - with video!

Star Wars will have a significant and growing presence in themed entertainment in years to come. As the world eagerly anticipates Disney's new Star Wars movies and new Star Wars themed guest experiences in Disney parks, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) celebrates its own connection with the beloved franchise and one of its stalwart characters, C3PO, played by Anthony Daniels. 

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15 December 2015
A professional development visit to New Orleans with the Themed Entertainment Association

TEA SATE Academy Days in New Orleans! Thank you to the sponsors of this event: The Hettema Group, Trahan Architects, and Mardi Gras World for making this weekend full of insight and inspiration happen! Report by Marissa Blake, VOA Associates Inc.

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14 December 2015
GibGab at TEA SATE 2015 helps young talent connect with themed entertainment industry

First-ever GibGab at TEA SATE Puts NextGen on the Clock - Report by Aimee Roy of BaAM Productions

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18 November 2015
Themed Entertainment Association 2016 Board election results announced

BURBANK, California, USA, Nov 18, 2015 -- The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced the results of annual Board elections, effective immediately, and thanked outgoing Board members for their service, at the annual TEA Membership Meeting held during the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando. TEA is the international membership association for the makers of compelling places and experiences, founded in 1991. TEA's activities to promote and grow the visitor attractions industry include organizing the prestigious Thea Awards, publishing the celebrated free industry resource TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, and hosting the annual TEA Summit and SATE conferences. TEA has four Divisions: Eastern North America, Western North America, Europe & Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

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17 November 2015
TEA names 22nd annual Thea Awards recipients; Gala to be held in Anaheim in 2016

BURBANK, California USA, Nov 17, 2015 -- "This year's international slate of projects named for TEA Thea Awards reflects the delivery of story, media, content and experience with ever more sophisticated technology and tools," said Steve Birket (Birket Engineering), president of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). "It's a safari or parade of the exotic and the familiar - characters, creatures, cultures, themes - conveying the power of the moment, of story and of place. From Disney's re-imagined Electric Light Parade (Paint the Night) to Wuyishan's transformation of a natural water feature into a multimedia spectacle, to places where nature and environment are foremost such as the San Diego Zoo and Rory Meyers Children's Garden... to placemaking that roots you in history such as One World Observatory and Les Amoureux de Verdun... With the annual Thea Awards, TEA lauds the visionary project owner and the team that helped create something never done before. The Thea Awards are when we take a moment to review where the attractions industry has come in the past year or two, and to appreciate who and what got us there, including people such as Keith James (JRA) and John Robinett (AECOM), both honored this year, and the tech breakthroughs that enhance both the project process and the guest experience. We invite everyone to discover these great achievements and join us in Anaheim on April 2, 2016 for the formal presentation of the Thea Awards."

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11 November 2015
TEA to announce new Thea Awards recipients Nov 17, 2015 at IAAPA Orlando, 2:15 pm

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) will announce the new slate of TEA Thea Awards recipients Nov 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm during the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando. TEA International President Steve Birket of Birket Engineering will make the announcement from the TEA booth, #1350. A press release with a comprehensive list of projects and descriptions will be issued immediately following the announcement and posted at www.teaconnect.org. 

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03 November 2015
Lionsgate and Fox plans for theme parks put TEA and TEA members in media spotlight

The mainstream media have been paying a lot of attention to film studios' plans and announcements to cross-platform their intellectual property into theme parks and attractions. Two big stories this week along those lines were about Lionsgate's plans to develop Hunger Games attractions in the US and China, and Twentieth Century Fox planning to open a theme park in 2018 in Dubai. 

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07 October 2015
Intellectual property issues for attraction designers: Keith James of JRA shares insights in TEA presentation

Balancing IP and Client Desires: One of the biggest challenges as a designer or architect is that you are typically hired (and paid) by the licensee, but

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27 September 2015
TEA International President Steve Birket attends Wanda Xishuangbanna grand opening

The weekend of Sept 26, 2015, Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) International President Steve Birket of Birket Engineering attended the grand opening of the Xishuangbanna International Resort Complex in Xishuangbanna, China, as a VIP guest of the Wanda Group. The Resort is built on a 5.3 sq. kilometer site and includes luxury hotels, a shopping center, a theme park, a hospital, a golf course, shopping areas, condominiums, and other facilities.

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