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IAAPA Expo Europe

2020 cancelled I

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has announced the cancellation of IAAPA Expo Europe 2020 due to the uncertainty

surrounding the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Expo was scheduled to take place 21-24 September. in London, United Kingdom, at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre. IAAPA will host IAAPA Expo Europe in Barcelona, Spain, in 2021 and is working with the ExCeL Exhibition Centre to return to London at a future date. “As the world works through the unprecedented

impacts of COVID-19, IAAPA’s top priority continues to be the health, well-being, and safety of our global members and team,” said Hal McEvoy, president and CEO, IAAPA. “After careful review, and with significant input from members,

exhibitors, and our team, the IAAPA board of directors decided to cancel IAAPA Expo Europe 2020. We look forward to safely connecting our members in Europe when the time is right. “We thank IAAPA Expo Europe exhibitors for their

patience and understanding as we worked through this process and reached this decision,” continued McEvoy. “IAAPA remains committed to connecting, serving, and assisting members from around the

world during this challenging time.” “Each year, attractions industry professionals

come together at IAAPA Expo Europe to discover new innovations, explore opportunities, and connect with colleagues, and we are disappointed that we are unable to host the Expo this September,” said Jakob Wahl, executive director and vice president, IAAPA EMEA. “The IAAPA EMEA team is now focused on plans for new and exciting in-person events at a later date that will once again connect our community.” In response to the COVID-19 crisis, IAAPA

continues to provide ongoing member support through its regional offices around the world and on IAAPA’s Online Member COVID-19 Resource Centre.

Colchester Zoo to launch mobile app

The UK’s Colchester Zoo, which reopened earlier this month, has partnered with Attractions. io to launch a new guest-facing mobile app. As well as delivering improvements to the guest experience, the new app will also play a key role in keeping guests safe on-site, thanks to one-way route navigation and targeted messaging capabilities. Set in 60 acres of parkland and

lakes in Essex, UK, and home to over 220 species, there is a lot for guests to explore at Colchester Zoo. An interactive map and wayfinding will make it easy for guests to find their


way around. While social distancing measures remain in place, new one- way routes will help manage footfall around the site and help guests maintain a safe distance. The long period of closure has

hit zoos particularly hard. Without revenue from admissions, covering their high overheads to look after the animals has been increasingly challenging, sadly leaving many zoos now fighting for their survival. Ensuring a strong recovery by increasing admissions and securing more animal adoptions and donations will be vital.

JUNE 2020

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