Attractions industry boom sees increased numbers at trade expo
The continued growth of the attractions industry in the Asia–Pacific region has been reflected in increased attendee numbers at events for the industry. The Asian Attractions Expo (AAE), held from 13–16 June in Singapore, attracted an estimated 7500 participants, including 5100 qualified buyers and 375 exhibiting companies from 34 countries.
The organisers said that participation in education sessions nearly doubled from the 2016 event and the trade show floor was the second biggest in the event’s history at 10,170 m2. More than 50% of buyers attended AAE 2017 for the first time.
The event attracts owners, executives, managers and leaders from theme parks, water parks, family entertainment centres, aquariums, resorts and other attractions. Attendee numbers for the 2017 event were up 42% on 2013 numbers, when the event was last held in Singapore.
“As the industry in Asia continues to grow, we see a lot of new faces coming to Asian Attractions Expo. These new attendees are very engaged and eager to learn from the industry and the association. Education has been fantastic and extremely popular. The desire for industry knowledge continues to grow in this area,” said David Rosenberg, ICAE, Monterey Bay Aquarium, who is the IAAPA’s (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) second vice chairman.
AAE 2018 will be held in Hong Kong from 5–8 June. More information on the 2018 event is available from the IAAPA website: www.IAAPA.org.
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