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The Russian Association of Amusement Parks and


Attractions (RAAPA) staged its latest Summer Meeting


recently, giving members a chance to check out a selection of attractions in and around the Kazan Riviera


RAAPA Summer Meeting Industry get-together focuses on regional Russian attractions


Waterpark In Kazan Rivyera


55m Ferris Wheel at Kyrlay amusement park


he three-day event, from 15 to 17 July, was supported by the local mayor’s office and the Ministry of Culture of Tatarstan. It attracted delegates representing amusement parks, family entertainment centres (FECs), cultural institutions, ride manufacturers and various city and regional administrations from across Russia, other CIS nations and foreign countries. The country’s eight largest city, Kazan is recognised as a multicultural city with strong economic, scientific, educational, cultural and sporting credentials, meanwhile the republic of Tatarstan is currently two years into a four-year tourism promotion initiative.


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Despite its numerous attractions including amusement parks, public gardens, FECs, a waterpark and Russia’s oldest zoo, the market in the Kazan Riviera has not yet reached saturation point. So, in choosing the city and surrounding area for the event, RAAPA was attempting to showcase it to members and potential investors, just as it does with a different region each summer. Participants in the Summer Meeting programme visited local parks and FECs in not only Kazan, but also Almetyevsk and Naberzhnye Chelny, where operators shared their insight on operations, site improvement, landscape design, birthday parties, seasonal events, internet marketing and more. There were also presentations from various suppliers. The third and final day was devoted to a tour of the island of Sviyazhsk. Read a fuller report of the event at raapa.ru/en/summer-meeting


RAAPA vice-president Igor Rodionov wiith the event’s glamourous organising committee 34


Jurgen Bergmann of playrground builder Kulturinsel Park (centre) had driven from Germany to be part of the event


SEPTEMBER 2014


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