VANCOUVER, BC : International amusement industry veteran, Pradeep Sharma, has been appointed as President of the Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries (IAAPI).
For more than 20 years Sharma has worked with many international suppliers and theme parks like EsselWorld/Water Kingdom. For the last 12 years, he also owns a company named Bombay Amusement.
As of 2013, he has been helping to develop the water parks market in India as vice president of business development for WhiteWater.
One of the many notable projects that Sharma has undertaken was the opening of the first international water park in India, Wet N Joy, in Lonavala in 2016.
Later in 2018, WhiteWater will install India’s first ever Shoot The Chute water ride at Magic Mountain. It will also supply all of the new rides to Shanku’s Water Park Resort in Ahmedabad.
“This is a great honour for me as this is an industry I have lived and breathed for over 20 years and I look forward to continuing to play a part in helping this sector continue to grow in India. Over the last few years, there has been an influx of iconic new projects and, as the Indian economy continues to grow at an exponential rate, I envision the need for leisure to increase further. In my role as President, I will be responsible for supporting our 350+ members working across government, policymakers, investors, suppliers, manufacturers, and operators to ensure the amusement industry continues to thrive and embrace the latest and safest global attractions and standards,” said Sharma.
Sharma has been IAAPI member for 17 years and was vice president of the organisation before assuming his presidential office. He has presided over several committees such as security, training, manufacturers, and exporters. As chairman of the safety committee, he has actively contributed to IAAPA’s safety standards harmonization meetings for several years.
He has drafted India’s first safety standard for amusement rides (IS 15475 – Amusement Rides Safety) for the Bureau of Indian Standards on behalf of IAAPI, which was adopted and published with few changes.
“Pradeep’s knowledge of the market is second to none and the respect and comradery he has amongst his peers, colleagues, and fellow industry experts illustrates that there is no one more befitting this appointment. India has been a symbolic market for WhiteWater since our first project there more than 25 years ago and it is an absolute pleasure and honour to have Pradeep at the helm of our team. He has some big shoes to fill when you consider the profile of IAAPI’s previous presidents, but I have no doubt he will make a huge contribution to the continued evolution of the amusement and water park industry in India,” commented Mike Rigby, WhiteWater’s Regional Vice President of the Middle East and India.
This high praise was echoed by WhiteWater’s President and CEO, Geoff Chutter, “This is a great accomplishment reflecting Pradeep’s commitment to the industry. We are incredibly proud of all that he has achieved at WhiteWater and IAAPI. This showcases the global reach of our business and our commitment to this ever-growing market.”