TEA Press Releases

Archive of TEA Thea Awards press releases

Archive of TEA/AECOM Theme Index press releases

Note: The year of the Index refers to the attendance figures; the 2013 Index, for instance, was published in 2014 and contains numbers for 2013. Click here to access PDF copies of the Theme Index back through the 2006 edition, which is the first edition that was published by TEA in collaboration with AECOM.


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05 September 2018
Inaugural slate of seven TEA Masters will be honored at 2018 TEA SATE Orlando - SeaWorld

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) - the international membership association for the makers of compelling places and experiences - announced the slate of honorees for the new, inaugural TEA Masters Program, honoring masters of their craft in the global visitor attractions industry.


31 August 2018
SATE IN ORLANDO - Speakers, sessions, schedule - TEA SATE Orlando - SeaWorld, 4-5 October 2018

Sessions and speakers announced for TEA SATE 2018 Orlando - SeaWorld, 4-5 October, by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA).


29 August 2018
SATE IN GUANGZHOU - Preview from the Co-Chairs of TEA SATE Asia - Chimelong, 26-28 October 2018

What to expect from TEA SATE Asia 2018 - Chimelong. TEA SATE is the definitive conference series on Experience Design, organized by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). TEA SATE Asia 2018 is hosted at Chimelong, Guangzhou China, Oct 26-28. SATE stands for Storytelling + Architecture + Technology = Experience. #TEAsate


08 June 2018
Interview with Bettina Buckley and John Paul Geurts, co-chairs of TEA SATE Orlando - SeaWorld, Oct 4-5, 2018

TEA SATE Orlando will be hosted at SeaWorld, Oct 4-5, 2018. SATE is the definitive conference on Experience Design, organized by the Themed Entertainment Association. #TEAsate 


23 May 2018
2017 TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index reports on world's top-attended theme parks, water parks and museums

The major theme park operators had an outstanding year in 2017 with significant overall growth led largely by properties in China, according to the 2017 TEA/AECOM Theme Index.


08 May 2018
TEA call for Thea Awards nominations - deadline July 6, 2018

Nominations are open for the annual Thea Awards of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the international alliance for the makers of compelling places and experiences. Nominations for the 2018-2019 judging cycle are due July 6, 2018.


27 April 2018
Michael Mercadante of Main Street Design will be next TEA International President in November 2018

In November 2018, Michael Mercadante, President and Senior Exhibit Designer, Main Street Design, will become International Board President of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), after sitting president David Willrich of DJ Willrich Ltd., completes his second term.


26 April 2018
New TEA Academic Network and symposium: Call for papers, due 31 May 2018

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announces the new TEA Academic Network, which is organizing the first Themed Experience and Attractions Symposium, Nov 16, 2018 in Orlando. Call for papers, due May 31, 2018 - details below.


20 April 2018
Record attendance for 2018 TEA Summit, Thea Case Studies Day and Thea Awards Gala

Showcasing a global spectrum of top-awarded projects, companies, people and technology leading visitor attractions and providing a forum for peer discussion, the annual Summit of the Themed Entertainment Association attracted record attendance with some 300 delegates for Day One and 550 for Day Two (April 5-6). The meetings convened at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim as part of TEA's big weekend of events, culminating in the TEA Thea Awards Gala presented by Chimelong, April 7, which also welcomed a record crowd of more than 800 celebrants. 


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