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IAAPA APAC Water Park Forum - Featuring Aquatopia - SOLD OUT -


Event Type: Connections
Venue: In-Person
Member Price: $99 | Nonmember Price: $199



Safety is the number one priority of the global attractions industry, and it’s important that amusement facilities not only meet, but exceed safety standards.

IAAPA is excited to host an IAAPA APAC Water Park Forum – featuring Aquatopia - a two half-days forum filled with insightful panels, engaging networking opportunities, and a behind-the-scenes tour at Aquatopia! Taking place 22-23 August at Phu Quoc, it will be a valuable opportunity to learn from the professionals, discussion on hot topics, reconnect with industry peers, and tour the beautiful park. 


Registration for this event is closed.   


SCHEDULE (as of 26 July 2022)

Monday, August 22

  • 10:00
    • Registration Open at Premier Residences Phu Quoc Emerald Bay
  • 11:30 - 12:45
    • Lunch at Premier Residences Phu Quoc Emerald Bay
  • 13:00 - 17:00 (Session will be held in Mercato Restaurant at Premier Residences Phu Quoc Emerald Bay)
    • IAAPA Safety 
    • Session 1 - Safety and Innovation in the Water Park Industry 
    • Session 2 - Training, Certifications and Auditing at Water Park
    • Session 3 - Creating a culture of safety 
    • Session 4 - Case Study
  • 17:00 - 21:00
    • Networking Reception - Facility Tours and Dinner at Aquatopia Beach
      • Sunset and bubbles ride on the world's longest sea-crossing 3-wire cable car
      • Buggy transport to Roaring Timbers with exclusive safety talk at Hon Thom
      • Exclusive Night rides on Roaring Timbers, Vietnam's FIRST wooden coaster
      • Dinner and drinks buffet at Aquatopia Beach


Tuesday, August 23 - half-day program 

  • 8:00 - 11:30
    • Guided Tour of Aquatopia, includes behind the scenes
      • Exclusive Aquatopia pre-opening safety tour on main control, operation check, maintenance check, as well as lifeguard in-service
  • 11:30
    • Bus departs to hotel


Registration Price
IAAPA Member $99
Non-Member $199



The registration fee for the forum does not include accommodation. We have selected the Premier Residences Phu Quoc Emerald Bay as the official hotel for the event. Attendees of the event will be able to enjoy a special rate for room booking. Click here to book and obtain the special rate. Please return the room booking form to: [email protected]; [email protected], and cc: [email protected].

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* Event Dress Code - Casual


Brad Loxley

Brad Loxley

Chief Operating Officer, Sun Group

A dynamic and passionate professional with more than 20 years experience within the theme parks, attractions and hospitality industry. 

Brad is Chief Operating Officer of Sun World, the largest attractions operator in Vietnam – and oversees the operation of nine properties including theme parks, water parks, cable cars and cultural attractions that combined attract more than 10 million visitors per year. 
Brad's experience combined with his Bachelor's Degree in Design and Business and Training qualifications make him a versatile, inspirational and creative manager who is renowned for strategic thinking outside the square, a hands-on approach, and a 'can do' attitude.  

Brad's skill lies in integrating the artistic, operational and commercial aspects of an entertainment experience to create a memorable, unique, efficient and successful business operation. His vision and passionate leadership style inspires and motivates others to achieve excellence in presentation, operations, safety and service delivery. Brad is also a recognized leader in the international attractions industry, being a regular speaker at industry conferences and educational events, an IAAPA Committee Member, a former Board Member of the Australian Amusement, Leisure and Recreation Association (AALARA) and former IAAPA Committee Chair. 

Daan Duijm

Daan Duijm

Group Director of Operations & Set Up, Sun Group

The greatest memories bring back the greatest smiles. Daan is passionate about delivering both. As a theme & water park professional he delivers smiles and memorable experiences in world-class Theme & Water Parks. For the last 9 years, he has worked in the US, Middle East and Asia, with companies like Disney, Jumeirah, and Merlin Entertainments. Before graduating with a double degree in Sports and a Bachelor in Leisure Management, Daan started his own webdesign company at the age of 19. Daan Duijm’s positions have included: Assistant Manager at Wild Wadi Dubai, Water Park & Theme Park Attractions Manager at Legoland Malaysia, and General Manager of Indonesia’s two largest indoor theme parks at Trans Studio Bandung and Jakarta. Currently Daan is in charge of pre-opening new attractions and parks in Vietnam as the Director of Operations & Set Up for Sun World Holding. Daan regularly presents and writes for industry magazines, international associations and is always looking to be of service to improve safety, operations and guest experiences.

Victor Danau

Victor Danau

Director of Operations & Development, Ripley Entertainment

Victor Danau is a theme park and finance nerd. He was saved from a dull life on Wall St by the business of fun.   

As the Director of Operations & Development for the Asia Pacific region at Ripley Entertainment, Victor supports local franchisees and company owned locations across the region and works on developing new partnerships for Ripley’s collection of family entertainment brands. Ripley Entertainment owns or franchises more than 100 attractions across 11 countries and is the leader in Unbelievable Family Entertainment.  

Previously, Victor served as COO for N Kid Corp which owns and operates more than 25 family entertainment centers and attractions throughout Vietnam under the tiNiworld brand, leading multiple teams including marketing, operations, maintenance, and creative design.   

Prior to joining N Kid in 2015, Victor served as the Director of Education Programs & Services for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) where he helped lead the organization’s training and development programs across the globe. Before joining the IAAPA team in 2013, Victor served as the Admissions & Guest Relations Manager for Six Flags America in Largo, MD. Having started as an intern at the park in 2008, Victor took on multiple roles within the operations team including Senior Supervisor, Training & Scheduling Supervisor, and Area Supervisor.  

In addition, Victor chairs the IAAPA Asia Membership Subcommittee and serves on the Global Membership and Young Professional Committees. He has developed and presented safety, guest service, and finance courses for various industry forums including IAAPA, AIMS Safety Seminar, and International Ride Training’s iROC school.   

Victor earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the George Washington University  

School of Business and completed his MBA from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.  


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Anna Danau

Managing Director, Hospitality Intelligence LLC

Anna is Managing Director of Hospitality Intelligence LLC, a safety, operations, and guest service consultancy company in the amusement & attractions industry. She has been living in Vietnam for the past four years, delivering training to Attractions clients in Asia to boost safety standards, improve training methods, execute world-class operations, and bring about cultural awareness. Projects in Vietnam include ICE! at Saigon Centre, ICE! at AEON Mall Tan Phu, Sanrio Hello Kitty Ice Town, Just Kidding Family Entertainment Center (includes outdoor rides, indoor playground, a restaurant, events, and group classes), The Family Fun Fair @ SC VivoCity Shopping Mall (includes outdoor rides, games, and F&B), among others. Additionally, Anna represents International Ride Training LLC in the Asia-Pacific region, where she teaches courses in safety schools and conducts safety audits. Furthermore, representing Mobaro Park, Anna works with clients across Asia, empowering their teams to use technology to improve safety, maintenance, and operations.Prior to her career in Attractions, Anna carries eight years of global affairs & international business experience across a variety of entities, including the U.S. Department of State. Missions of previous employers span from international government development, diplomacy, intelligence, security & defense, to food & travel. She served as the Japan Strategy Manager for Northrop Grumman's Global Business Development Organization and as a Consultant/Global Context Analyst to other international offices. In these roles, she provided market, customer, and competitive intelligence analysis to support business development efforts. Moreover, Anna trained the new international offices on the application of cultural awareness, historical context, and current global environment issues to strategy design. She now applies her intelligence and international business backgrounds to the international attractions industry.  

Anna is certified in Levels I & II SCIP (Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professional) certifications, and a graduate of the Thunderbird Global Business Executive Program. She holds a bachelor's degree in International Affairs/Sociocultural Anthropology from The George Washington University and a master's degree in Foreign Service/Security Studies from Georgetown University. 

Ryan Phillip

Ryan Phillips

Global Director of Operations, SST/Jeff Ellis International

Ryan is a waterpark and attractions veteran with over 15 years of industry experience. Ryan has excelled working throughout Europe, The America’s, Asia and the Middle East. His career experience and success have come from a wide range of organizations, from small family-owned and operated facilities, to large corporate giants. Ryan serves as the Global Director of Operations for SST/Jeff Ellis International where he works to support nearly 100 international organizations in their aquatic safety, training and risk management efforts. Ryan has worked alongside a team to achieve ISO 17024:2012 certification, and played a key role in several pre-opening projects,


David Bogdonov

David Bogdonov

Executive Vice President, APAC, WhiteWater West Industries Ltd

David graduated in 1989 from Lakehead University in Ontario with a Bachelor of Engineering and immediately got to work in project management, with general contractors such as Commonwealth Construction and Walter Construction. He joined WhiteWater in 1999 and worked on projects throughout North America and Europe. In 2005, he was promoted to Director of Project Management, where he led the department for 4 years. In 2009, David transitioned to business development, leading the market activities in China for the following 8 years. In 2017, David took over the sales territories of Canada and the Western United States before transitioning back to Asia in 2021 as the Executive Vice President-APAC. David enjoys working with some of the major water park developers in Asia, such as Waterbom Bali, OCT, and Chimelong, bringing decades of knowledge about water park attractions and their design and development processes.