Liseberg first presented the Liseberg Applause Award in 1980. The award’s aim is to recognise an amusement park or theme park whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry through leadership, foresight, originality and sound business development. The award is handed out every second year during the IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Expo in Orlando, Florida.


The Liseberg Applause Award recognises excellence and inspiration in the amusement and theme park industry.
In addition, there are five areas that will be judged individually and as
a whole when selecting a winner:


for example demonstrated in the ability of the amusement park or theme park to forecast and plan for future trends, together with a track record of success in introducing new attractions, shows, accommodation or marketing activities in the market.


demonstrated in uniqueness of theme in landscaping, shows and attractions, innovation in park planning and design, as well as creativity in the design and selection of attractions, shows and accommodation.

Sound business development...

demonstrated in management and HR practices, marketing and brand position in the market, operational systems, profitability and long-term growth, as well as a sustainable pattern of repeat visitors over multiple years.

Park condition...

demonstrated in cleanliness of the park, friendliness of the staff, maintenance of park walkways, hardscape, structures and attractions, as well as landscaping..


demonstrated through involvement with the local community, sharing of knowledge with industry colleagues as well as investment in employees.

All nominees should be IAAPA members in good standing.


The Liseberg Applause Award is governed by a Board of Governors, representing considerable industry
experience as well as a good
balance in location, facility size, professions and industry segments:

Andreas Andersen - Chairman Liseberg AB

Chris Herschend Herschend - Family Entertainment

Sascha N. Czibulka - INTAMIN

Tim O´Brien - Author & Journalist

Jim Pattison Jr - Ripley Entertainment

Amanda Thompson O.B.E. - Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Steven C Rhys - FORREC Ltd.

John Wood - Sally Corp.

Michael Mack - Europa-Park

Tina Resch - Liseberg AB


If you want to nominate a facility, amusement or theme park, please send in a nominating letter, in which you describe how the facility meets the award criteria. This nominating letter can for example include financial information, organisational characteristics, business philosophy, strategy, visitor and market demographics, as well as operating information.

Send your nominating letter to [email protected].

The deadline for nominations to the Liseberg Applause Award 2020 is 1 November 2019. If you have questions, please contact Liseberg at [email protected]


The Liseberg Applause Award recognises excellence and inspiration in the amusement and theme park industry worldwide. It is often referred to as the most prestigious award of our industry. It is symbolised by a limited edition of a bronze sculpture commissioned by Liseberg and created by renowned Swedish sculptor Astri Bergman Taube. The award was first presented in 1980 and has since then been presented biannually.

WINNER 2018 Xcaret Park – Mexico

Nominees 2018:

Previous winners include:

1980 Magic Kingdom

1982 Opryland

1986 Epcot Center

1988 Knott’s Berry Farm

1990 Europa Park

1992 Efteling

1994 Universal Studios - Florida

1996 Cedar Point

1998 Silver Dollar City

2000 Hershey Park

2002 Busch Gardens - Williamsburg

2004 Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

2006 Universal’s Islands of Adventure

2008 Xetulul - Guatemala

2010 Dollywood

2012 Ocean Park

2014 Le Puy Du Fou

2016 Busch Gardens - Tampa

The 2018 award ceremony