IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011 is the world’s largest attractions industry trade show, bringing together 25,000 industry professionals from 100 countries. The trade show floor, which is open Nov. 15 – 18, will feature new, inventive, and trailblazing products, services, and ideas. More than 1,100 companies from nearly 30 countries will showcase their innovations on 450,000 net square feet of space, including 30,000 net square feet of outdoor exhibits. IAAPA Attractions Expo will take place Nov. 14-18, 2011, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
“IAAPA Attractions Expo offers the largest industry exhibit floor in the world with one-stop shopping where owners and operators can find the latest and greatest the industry has to offer,” said Chip Cleary, president and CEO of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).
The Expo is the international marketplace for owners, operators, and managers of theme and amusement parks, waterparks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, and resorts. Buyers and decision makers from around the world will have access to more than 200 first-time exhibitors and can experience new products from hundreds of companies.
Exhibiting companies display products and services that address all aspects of attraction operations, from design and construction to operations, guest services, and human resources. The 125 product categories also include rides (dry and wet), shows and productions, games and devices, play equipment, novelties and souvenirs, photography, food and beverage, displays and sets, facility and grounds maintenance, admission and financial equipment, and more.
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011 will offer buyers guided trade show vendor tours for seven different product types: suppliers in point-of-sale (POS) systems, museums, games and plush, waterparks, inflatables, food and beverage, and haunted attractions (Halloween). The Trade Show Vendor Tours help buyers locate exhibitors in their areas of interest. The tours are free for exhibitors and attendees can purchase a ticket (US$20 for IAAPA members; nonmembers US$30). Expo registration is required. IAAPA also offers six product/category specific pavilions for AIMS (Amusement Industry Manufacturers & Suppliers), coin-operated equipment, first-time exhibitors, inflatable products, outdoor exhibits, and theming and hi-tech products and services.
International participants will have access to the International Business Lounge, sponsored by Lo-Q plc, to connect with colleagues and conduct business. IAAPA offers complimentary basic interpretation services for 30-minute time periods in Spanish, Japanese, French, Italian, and Chinese. The lounge is located on the second level of the South Hall concourse.
More information regarding the trade show floor, a list of current exhibitors, and details about how to exhibit and register is available at http://www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.
A complete list of Platinum, Gold, and Silver level sponsors and supporting organization is available here. Information regarding sponsorship opportunities is available by contacting Emily Popovich at epopovich@IAAPA.org.
About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011 is the largest conference and trade show in the world for the attractions industry. With its theme “The Force Behind the Attractions,” the show will take place in Orlando, Florida, and draw 25,000 industry professionals from 100 countries to the Orange County Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 14, through Friday, Nov. 18. The trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Nov. 18. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011 offers a full week of business opportunities and educational experiences, and features new ideas, products, and events. Some new opportunities include: a Lunch and Learn with Pat Koch, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari director of values; the Mobile Application Education Symposium; and behind-the-scenes tours of Legoland Florida, “Star Tours” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and “Cheetah Hunt” and “Cheetah Run” at Busch Gardens Tampa. More information is available at http://www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.
IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong.