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IAPPA cancels IAAPA Expo 2020 due to COVID-19


IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has announced the cancellation of IAAPA Expo

2020 in Orlando, Florida. In addition, the association is launching a new virtual conference for global attractions industry professionals so that they can take part in many of the education sessions originally planned to take place at IAAPA Expo. “IAAPA Expo serves as the global

marketplace for the attractions industry. We recognise this year there are many challenges facing our members from around the world,” said Hal McEvoy, president and CEO, IAAPA. “Together with input from members, exhibitors, the IAAPA Board of Directors and our team, we have decided to cancel this 

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year’s Expo due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The continuing barriers to international and domestic travel coupled with the evolving guidance on mass gatherings, and members’ need to focus on their businesses helped lead to this decision. “While we are disappointed that

we are unable to meet in-person this year, we are already looking ahead to IAAPA Expo 2021 in Orlando,” McEvoy continued. “We also appreciate the patience, support and commitment from our dedicated IAAPA Expo

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exhibitors. The IAAPA team has already pivoted to address finding new ways industry manufacturers and suppliers can connect with their customers to promote their products, discover new trends, and make plans for the future.” IAAPA Expo Virtual Education

Conference will take place November 16-18, the same week IAAPA Expo was originally planned for. Participants will be able to virtually attend 25 sessions and two keynote presentations. These sessions were part of IAAPA Expo’s conference programme and will feature leading industry professionals. Additional details and registration information will be available online at IAAPA has also announced a

February event to bring together manufacturers, suppliers, and industry professionals from th Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region and beyond.

further their businesses. IAAPA EMEA Trade Summit was developed to help industry professionals come together in person and meet those goals.” During the three-day Summit, industry

manufacturer and supplier companies will display their latest products and services in Europa-Park’s Confertainment Center. Summit participants will also have the chance to take part in behind- the-scenes EDUTours at Rulantica, Europa-Park’s new water park, and the park’s newly reopened “Piraten in Batavia” attraction. Dr.-Ing. h.c. Roland Mack, founder

of Europa-Park, will open the event and discuss disruptive changes during the 230-year history of the family business, and why it is vital to change your strategy proactively and not to wait until you are forced by external developments. A closing keynote will feature special

Registration is now open for IAAPA

EMEA Trade Summit, set to take place from 2 - 4 February, 2021 at Europa- Park in Rust, Germany. During this inaugural event, the global attractions community will come together to connect, take part in networking opportunities, learn during innovative and informative keynote sessions, and explore an exhibition showcasing the industry’s newest products and services. “We are thrilled to launch this new,

unique event which will include a trade show experience, education sessions and networking opportunities at one of Europe’s most popular attractions,” said Jakob Wahl, executive director and vice president, IAAPA EMEA. “As the attractions industry focuses on moving forward, we understand the importance of providing opportunities that help professionals connect, become inspired, and build new partnerships to help


guest speaker Doug Lanski who will share new insights and ideas to help attendees futureproof their businesses. Lanski has lectured at more than 100 universities, given TEDx Talks, presented at the National Geographic Headquarters for the United Nations World’s Tourism Organization, at Google Travel,, Amadeus, ITB Berlin, and more than100 destinations around the world. Additional education sessions will cover and address a wide range of topics and issues important to the global attractions industry, and participants can earn up to six credit hours towards IAAPA Certification. “The health and safety of our Summit

participants is our number-one priority,” shared Wahl. “As we prepare for the EMEA Trade Summit, we are working alongside the team at Europa-Park to ensure we produce a safe and successful event. We are following the latest guidance for large groups and meetings from Baden-Württemberg, the local German council, as well as the standards IAAPA developed for the attractions industry in its Reopening Guidance.” Registration is now open and details

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