Theme park association leave Alexandria

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The largest association for the theme park industry is moving its headquarters to what many consider to be the theme park capital of the world.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions on Wednesday announced it intends to move its headquarters to Orlando from Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington.

The move would take place in 2017.

Association officials say the move will allow professionals in the theme park industry to connect with the association’s professional staff.

They say it also will make it easier to recruit candidates involved in the industry.

The association also says it intends to hold its massive annual conference in Orlando for another five years. The association had committed to holding the conference in Orlando through 2025 and now that commitment extends to 2030.

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