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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25 November 2014
TEA names 21st annual Thea Awards recipients; Gala to be held in Anaheim in 2015

Burbank, Calif. USA, 18 Nov. 2014 -- "Disney’s 'it's a small world' has been named for TEA’s Thea Classic Award – one of the new international slate of 17 Thea honorees announced today, to be awarded March 21, 2015 at the annual TEA Thea Awards Gala in Anaheim,” said Steve Birket (Birket Engineering), incoming president of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Birket said, “‘small world’ stands as a timeless classic – and a metaphor for our increasingly global industry. The new Thea recipients are distinguished by uplifting messages of unity and diversity – hope rising from tragedy in the National September 11 Memorial Museum, the power of Harry Potter, the pioneering East-West collaboration in Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, interactions with our natural environment as in Kongeparken's Gratassland, and many others. Each Thea-honored project represents a step forward in our industry and our collective drive toward excellence in the making of compelling experiences and places. We encourage the public and the press to learn about these achievements and their creators – and to celebrate with us.”

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25 November 2014
TEA – THEMED ENTERTAINMENT ASSOCIATION BOARD 2014 ELECTION RESULTS

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the international alliance for the makers of compelling places and experiences, welcomes and congratulates newly elected members to its International Board of Directors and to its Divisional Boards, and thanks the outgoing Board members for their service. New terms officially begin Nov. 19, 2014. TEA has four Divisions, Eastern North America, Western North America, Europe & Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

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08 October 2014
Steve Birket of Birket Engineering will be next TEA International Board President

Burbank, Calif USA – The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced that its next International Board President will be Steve Birket, PE, of Birket Engineering. Birket officially became TEA President-Elect by a unanimous vote of the Board on May 13, 2014. In November 2014, he will succeed sitting President Christine Kerr of BaAM Productions in the position.

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07 October 2014
TEA & AECOM Publish Global Theme Park & Museum Attendance Numbers for 2013

The annual TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, the definitive annual attendance study for the themed entertainment and museum industries, was released in spring 2014.

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10 September 2014
Kenneth Feld of Feld Entertainment headlines TEA's SATE '14 Oct 2-3 at Ringling Museum

“The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) enthusiastically welcomes Kenneth Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment Inc., as headline speaker of SATE '14, the design conference for the visitor attractions industry, Oct 2-3 at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL,” said TEA president Christine Kerr of BaAM Productions. “Feld's presence, with SATE hosted this year by FSU at the Ringling, marks the resonance of circus and performing arts with the art of themed entertainment – and with today's state-of-the-art, branded entertainment experiences as exemplified by Feld's partnerships in such productions as Disney On Ice andMarvel Universe LIVE!”

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29 August 2014
Comprehensive SATE '13 recap

by Clara Rice of Jack Rouse Associates --  The halls of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) literally shook last week, pulsating with the energy of the Themed Entertainment Association’s 9th Annual Storytelling Architecture Technology Experience (SATE) Conference.  TEA President, Christine Kerr, and SATE Co-Chairs, exp’s Aram Ebben and Stefan Lawrence of Stefan Rules!, assembled a powerhouse slate of speakers for the nearly 200 attendees, and the conference offered 2 days brimming with presentations, roundtables and informal informational exchanges. The presenting sponsor of the conference was Christie®. While the conference was segmented into the four component’s of SATE’s acronym, story was the wellspring and foundation of each: from how stories are conceived and constructed, to how they are manifested into a physical space, to who should be scripting them.  Adam Bezark of The Bezark Company launched the Storytelling segment...

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07 June 2014
SATE 2014 design conference set for Oct 2-3 in Sarasota, FL: TEA issues call for participation

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) welcomes proposals for its annual SATE Conference - a professional dialog on Experience Design, to be held October 2&3, 2014 in Sarasota, Florida USA, hosted by Florida State University.

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16 April 2014
Vibrant TEA Summit & Thea Awards Gala 2014 reflect today's international attractions industry

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) welcomed full houses to its annual weekend of events comprising the two-day TEA Summit (April 3-4) and the Thea Awards Gala (April 5) 2014 at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

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18 November 2013
Themed Entertainment Association hires Jennifer Nevin as COO

Burbank, Calif. USA, November 18, 2013 – The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the global alliance for the creators of compelling places and experiences, announced that veteran association executive Jennifer Nevin has become TEA's Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Nevin’s appointment comes after an extensive search to replace retiring Executive Director, Gene Jeffers, who departs TEA after 12 years of stewardship and honors.

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