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Arts, HIT Entertainment, Electrosonic, Leisure Consultants and the TEA. "but I have been pleasantly surprised and have had a great show, one
Several national associations staged drinks receptions and, even if of our best. Attendance of qualified buyers has been up, and there has
your country wasn’t hosting one, it was easy enough to gatecrash one been a good representation of American, European and Asian parks."
that was. "It has been very nice to see a high number of Asian visitors and
more Europeans on the floor than in past years," observed Sascha
Optimistic Outlook Czibulka of Intamin/Ride Trade. "It's been a very positive atmosphere
The exhibition itself began on Tuesday morning, and there to welcome on the floor. We've had serious talks, and we have good reason to
guests at his prominently-located booth was Jim Seay of Premier Rides: believe there will be some serious business as a result."
"This was a phenomenal show," he smiled. "The floor was nearly
devoid of tyre kickers and children. Business was the focus of the
show. Recent announcements associated with organisations like Busch
and Six Flags certainly created a refreshing sense of optimism."
"Aside from Disney, Universal and some Chinese park operators,"
noted Alberto Zamperla, "park owners are holding back on new ride
purchases. We prefer to go back to Orlando because of the cost to
exhibit here. This has been one of the worst years for the US market."
“Like many suppliers, we came to IAAPA with low expectations,”
revealed David Vatcher of 5D International. “However we were
delighted to find serious buyers and decision makers from North
America, Europe and Asia. None of our meetings were a waste of
time. This, in addition to our announcement on the first day of the
show about a deal with Six Flags, provided for a very successful IAAPA
with excellent prospects for 2010.”
"The traffic has been better than it has been in years,” noted Dick
Chance of Chance Morgan. “Our booth has been busier, with a lot of
international visitors, because of the weak dollar. There are a lot of
Asians here we never saw in Orlando."
"We were a little sceptical of the show being in 'Vegas because of Outdoor exhibits included the Vertigo tower from ARM, Ferris Wheel LED lighting
the obvious distractions," admitted Kevin Rohwer of S&S Worldwide, by Rides 4U and snowflakes from Flogos
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