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The next symposium will take place in Orlando, FL on November 22, 2024, on the last day of the IAAPA Expo. Hosting this symposium during IAAPA Expo enables participating academics to enhance their research, knowledge transfer, and exchange through access to over 1,000 exhibitors of products and services representing the state of the art of the attractions industry and opportunities for networking with some of the 30,000 industry operators, manufacturers, and suppliers who attend IAAPA Expo. The schedule will also permit interested industry members to attend the TEAAS academic symposium program.

Our symposium is organized by the TEAAS with the support of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

The symposium will include oral presentations of selected research papers (conventional 15-minute academic presentations), structured networking sessions, and an extended lunchtime research poster session. 

Types of Presentations

The symposium invites submissions for oral presentations (1000-word extended abstract) and posters (500-word extended abstract) for consideration for inclusion in the symposium program. A limited number of oral presentation slots will be allocated to proposals from academic faculty representing diversity of scholarship. Presented abstracts will be conventional scholarly research presentations, not instructional seminars.

Graduate or undergraduate students with (recommended) or without faculty co-authors may submit poster proposals based on a thesis or a major research project completed within the past 2 years. Accepted presentation proposals that cannot be scheduled on the program will be invited for poster presentation, with scheduled time for interaction between authors and audience.

Example Presentations:

  • Tourism, economic, and strategic planning research
  • Themed entertainment design and transmedia applications
  • Science and technology of themed experiences, rides, and attractions
  • Methodology for evaluating the guest experience
  • Hospitality and operational research

Authors are invited to consider submitting full papers to the Journal of Themed Experience and Attractions Studies, a peer-reviewed open-access journal. Come to the Symposium to learn more about this exciting new journal. Work submitted to the Journal may also be presented at the Symposium.

There are two categories of submissions. Please specify the type of submission when submitting to Easy Chair:

  • 15-minute stand-up presentation – Standard academic conference presentation featuring completed empirical research.
  • Poster presentation – Posters should feature research in progress or just completed.  For display, posters should be 48” X 36”.  
Submission Process

Proposals are due by 10 pm (EST), Friday, July 31, 2024. 

All proposals will be double blind-reviewed.

Submission Template

The main document should be no more than 4 pages, including title, abstract, main body of the proposal, and figures, tables, and references. The main body must be no longer than 1000 words for 15-minute stand-up presentations and no longer than 500 words for posters.  Describe your work using 12-point, Times New Roman font, and single-spaced.  Margins should be 1-inch on sides, 1-inch on top and bottom. 



Short abstract up to 100 words – that describes your proposal. Indent the first sentences of each paragraph. If multiple paragraphs are used, single space between and within each paragraph. Do not number the pages. 

INTRODUCTION (left aligned, no indentation)

Although particular sub-headers are not required, please include information pertaining to each of these typical sections of academic work in the main body (extended abstract). 

  • Background
    • Prior knowledge/Literature
    • Methodology/Theoretical frame
    • Results/Observations
    • Implications for Scholars/Industry

TABLES AND FIGURES (if appropriate/not required)

Tables and figures should appear at the end of the text. They are not included in the word count, but along with references are part of the 4 page total. Tables and figures should be numbered sequentially (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, Table 3, etc.), and should bear titles which explain their content. 


References must be listed immediately following the main text of the proposal. Use APA style, alphabetize by author. See examples below:

Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

Davis, F. (1989). Perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, and user acceptance of information technology. MIS Quarterly, 13 (3), 319-340. 

Henry, W. A., III. (1990, April 9). Making the grade in today’s schools. Time135, 28-31.