Post Spring Forum - Polin Waterparks Facility Tour & Waterpark Day - A Quick Report

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IAAPA's Europe Spring Forum was especially exciting this year, because, for the first time ever, it took place in Istanbul, Turkey.

IAAPA Spring Forum Polin Plant Tour

IAAPA's Europe Spring Forum was a great success and was held in Istanbul, Turkey, also the home town of leading waterpark company Polin Waterparks.

IAAPA's Europe Spring Forum was especially exciting this year. Wondering why? Because, for the first time ever, it took place in Istanbul, Turkey - Polin Waterparks' hometown.

The Forum was sold out - a clear indicator that the city was the perfect location! Part of the two-day event included behind-the-scenes tours of Vialand and KidZania theme parks, which gave guests fascinating looks at how the two parks operate. Attendees also got to hear about safety, trends and upcoming projects in the emerging markets of Turkey and Poland. One evening, everyone enjoyed a dinner cruise with live music and a magnificent view of Istanbul.

After the tour of KidZania on the second day, attendees were treated to another insider look - this time, though, they got to see how the waterslides are being produced during a tour of Polin's manufacturing plant. Ms. Sohret Pakis, Director of Marketing & Communications, gave a presentation about Polin company with a sneak peek of the latest trends in waterslide manufacturing technologies and new products. That was followed by the tour of Polin's facility led by Polin's Technical Director, Mr. Ozkan Sur, and then the group flew to Antalya to begin the next part of their journey, with the guidance of Polin's Director of Sales and Design, Dr. Kubilay Alpdogan.

The morning in Antalya started at the five-star Crystal Waterworld Resort & Spa with a special breakfast and speech by General Manager Erdogan Turan. Then guests got to try out the park's slides - including Polin's award-winning King Cobra. It was great fun, and Polin owes a huge thanks to Mr. Suleyman Kilit, owner of the Kilit Group, and Mr. Tolga Kilit, for allowing time to enjoy their facility. Polin is proud to be a partner with Crystal Waterworld and the Kilit Group in providing the resort's unique variety of exclusive waterparks, which have helped launch the all-inclusive property into a leading role within the resort industry.

The day's fun wasn't over, though. The group then traveled to Crystal Aura, another five-star resort owned by the Kilit Group in nearby Kemer, Turkey. The group were welcomed with lunch at the facility's seaside restaurant, which gave guests a fabulous view of Polin's waterslides. Guests were impressed at how many waterslides could be beautifully designed into such a compact area. Plus, the benefits of our RTM manufacturing process were on full display as Polin slide's (and Polin popular Sphere!) glistened and sparkled in the sunshine. Polin must again thank Mr. Ali Zengin, Mr. Umut Uysal, Mr. Ersin Ozdemir for the wonderful hospitality they bestowed on at Crystal Aura.

Finally, the group moved on to Polin's third waterpark visit of the day: Rixos Premium Tekirova, another glorious seaside resort. The first word out of everyone's mouth when we reached the facility and the waterpark came into view was a giant, "WOW!" The facility offered a delightful ending to our day with the opportunity to ride a variety of Polin's most-thrilling rides, including Polin's first Surf Safari, a Looping Rocket, Spheres and a giant water-play structure. It was great fun and a perfect ending to everyone's trip! Polin thanks Mr. Ahmet Colakoglu for the wonderful hospitality he bestowed on at Rixos Premium Tekirova.

As one of the sponsors of the event, Polin was exceedingly grateful to be a part of this wonderful experience. Polin hopes all of our guests felt the same way, too. After all, Polin has focused on building experiences for almost 40 years. And, since day one, passion has fueled every experience Polin has created. That passion has allowed Polin to offer the many unique waterparks in the world with waterparks that deliver the experience of Polin's passion.

We hope that you allow Polin to build and bring that same experience to your facility too!

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About Polin Waterparks
Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of waterparks, waterslides & water play attractions. 2500 waterpark projects in more than 93 countries around the world have been completed by Polin, and Polin is the biggest waterslide supplier in Eurasia. Working with a wide variety of clients has helped Polin reach several milestones; including installing the first waterparks of many countries and many other award winning rides at parks with world-renowned reputations. Polin offers the industry's widest range of products, including signature rides such as the patented King Cobra, Magic Spheres, Spheres, Magi Cone and Space Shuttle.
Polin is the pioneer in the advancement and application of closed-molded manufacturing technology in waterslide development. First implemented in 2006, 100% of Polin's annual fiberglass production has been converted to resin transfer molding (RTM), and meets the industry's highest standards. Polin offers both bowl rides and family rides featuring RTM techniques. Polin also offers its unique and patented Natural Light Effect technology, Special Pattern Effects technology in RTM and translucent RTM waterslides. Polin is an ISO9001 certificate holder by TUV Germany since 2003, all Polin slides conform to European norms, all steel parts conform to international DIN standards, all designs conform to ASTM practices, and Polin is also CSEI approved for projects in China. Polin is the only waterslide company that holds a quality certificate for all of its waterslides by TUV, and was the 2012 Export Winner of Turkey in the SMSE Category. Polin has a high plant capacity with production in Turkey. Polin's team totals 350 people, with five offices throughout the world.
Polin is committed to providing the best-quality product and service by investing in continuous research and development. The company plans to further expand its L-RTM line while introducing new signature rides and innovations.For more information, visit

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