The attractions industry is a vital part of the U.S. economy. The nearly 30,000 attractions in the U.S. produce a total annual nationwide economic impact of $219 billion, with $91 billion in direct impacts and $127 billion in indirect impacts. Even more notably, these sizable economic impacts are part of an escalating trend. From 2004 to 2011, the industry grew at twice the rate of the broader U.S. economy.
The industry is a leader in creation of non-exportable jobs. Not only does the industry directly employ over 1.3 million, but also indirectly generates 1 million jobs, creating a total job impact of 2.3 million. Across the industry, the total payroll is over $11 billion.
Founded more than 90 years ago, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions. IAAPA represents more than 4,500 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. Member facilities include amusement/theme parks, waterparks, attractions, family entertainment centers, arcades, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, and resorts.
Safety is the number one priority for the attractions industry. IAAPA promotes the development of ride safety standards, working with ASTM International and other standards-setting groups worldwide to develop and update industry safety and maintenance requirements. This, in conjunction with state and local regulation of amusement rides and devices, has resulted in a strong safety record for the industry.