SOURCE: Hanley Wood

September 14, 2007 13:20 ET

WLRD Conference Bigger, Better in 2007

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - September 14, 2007) - After drawing nearly 200 professionals last year, the Waterpark Resorts Leadership & Development (WRLD) Conference promises to be bigger and better in 2007.

The conference will take place November 26-27 at the Rosen Centre in Orlando, FL. Held in conjunction with the Int'l Pool & Spa Show, the WRLD Conferences is expected to draw 200 waterpark resort professionals.

"The WRLD Conference has grown immensely since we held the first conference in 2006 -- we expect a packed house," said Gary Thill, editor, AQUATICS INTERNATIONAL, which organized the 2007 WRLD Conference. "The educational lineup is very strong and programming includes speed networking and a waterpark tour."

New this year is the exclusive waterpark resort tour giving attendees behind-the-scenes access to Island One's Liki Tiki Lagoon Water Adventure Park in Orlando. Attendees will learn first-hand what makes this popular waterpark so successful.

Also featured this year is keynote speaker Fred Inter, Director of Parks for Kalahari Waterparks, who will reveal his strategies for success including the recruit to recruiting, hiring and developing quality managers -- and why the industry's future depends on it.

In addition, attendees also have a wide selection of general education sessions. From an industry forecast to an architect and design panel discussion to a workshop on guest experience, the WRLD Conference has something for every member of the waterpark resort team.

As an additional bonus, attendees will be given important new research on patron and operator practices. AQUATICS INTERNATIONAL and PPG Industries have teamed up for this exclusive survey, which examines the practices of both waterpark resort operators and patrons and how those practices play into water and air quality issues. Dr. Stan Pickens of PPG will present a full review of the survey results -- and the ramifications for the industry during this exclusive one-hour seminar.

The WRLD Conference is held in conjunction with the North America's largest pool and spa show -- the International Pool & Spa Expo, which is owned by Hanley Wood LLC, publishers of WATERPARK RESORTS TODAY and AQUATICS INTERNATIONAL. Registration to the WRLD Conference includes access to the International Pool & Spa Expo.

To learn more about the 2007 WRLD Conference, please visit

About Hanley Wood

Hanley Wood, LLC is the premier media and information company serving housing and construction. Through four operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Business Media (Washington, D.C.), publishes 36 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including BUILDER, REMODELING, CUSTOM HOME, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and residential architect. Hanley Wood Business Media also offers the construction industry's foremost collection of Web sites, including BUILDER ONLINE, REMODELING ONLINE, and ebuild, the comprehensive online guide to building products, as well as the largest collection of house plans online through and Dream Home Source.

Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is a $250 million company owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, LLC. CCMP Capital Advisors manages the Hanley Wood investment for JPMorgan Partners.

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