Global Parking Association Leaders and Summit


About GPALs and GPALs Summit

The Global Parking Association Leaders Summit (GPALs) is an annual gathering of parking association leaders from around the world. Established by the International Parking Institute in 2012, the GPALs Summit is a unique opportunity for those leaders to gather, share information, and learn from each other in a friendly forum that encourages discussion and dialogue on a wide range from topics.

GPALS_Logo_Berlin_RGBWhile parking is different in each country, there are many common elements. The most notable of these is a need to educate government officials, developers, urban planners, the business community, and other stakeholders about why parking is important and why the expertise of parking professionals should be considered early in the planning stages of any project.

International Parking Survey

During the summer of 2013, many GPALs participants joined together to conduct a survey of parking trends among their members. The survey was translated into five languages and distributed to parking professionals through parking associations throughout the world. The aim of the project iwas to identify trends in the parking industry within participating countries and then compare and analyze for differences and similarities with other countries. Surveys were distributed in July and August 2013 and results were presented at the GPALs Summit in Ireland on September 11 at the EPA Congress, hosted by the Irish Parking Association in Dublin, Ireland.

Download a pdf of the GPALs Global Parking Parking Survey results here.

Press Release: First-ever Global Parking Industry Survey Reveals Technology is Transforming How We Park Around the World


Participation is limited to the leadership of parking associations, with each country represented by one parking association. There are no membership fees, and each association is invited to send representatives to the annual GPALs Summit. To be listed on the website as a participant, please contact, Helen Sullivan, IPI, at


Parking Australia

Parking Association of Brazil (Abrapark)

The British Parking Association

Canadian Parking Association

Croatian Parking Association

European Parking Association

Finnish Parking Association

French Parking Association

German Parking Association

International Parking Institute

Irish Parking Association

Israel Parking Association

Italian Parking Association (AIPARK)

Japan Parking Association

Mexican Parking Association/Asociacion Mexicana De Estacionamiento (MADE)

Middle East North Africa Parking Association

New Zealand Parking Association

Norwegian Parking Association

Parking Association of Spain  (Asesga)

Swedish Parking Association


The GPALs Summit is hosted by the International Parking Institute at the IPI Conference & Expo during even-numbered years, and by the European Parking Association Congress and alternating parking associations hosts onn odd-numbered years.

2016: May 17, Nashville, Tennessee, USA at 2016 IPI Conference & Expo, hosted by International Parking Institute

2015: September 23, Berlin, Germany, European Parking Association Congress, hosted by the German Parking Association Bundesverband Parken e.V

2014: June 1, Dallas, Texas, International Parking Institute

2013: September 11, Dublin, Ireland, European Parking Association Congress, hosted by the Irish Parking Association

2012: June, Phoenix, Arizona, 2012 IPI Conference & Expo, hosted by International Parking Institute