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IAAPA Virtual Expo a success I


AAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has concluded its first-ever virtual Expo and conference – IAAPA Virtual Expo: Asia. The


event was attended by more than 4,000 participants, featured 131 companies on the virtual trade show floor, and was widely followed online and on social media. During IAAPA Virtual Expo: Asia, global attractions industry professionals took part in a diverse, international exhibit hall with eight unique pavilions, nine education sessions, and seven IAAPA networking events. “IAAPA’s first Virtual Expo truly reflects the resiliency


and strength of the global attractions industry,” said June Ko, executive director and vice president, IAAPA Asia Pacific. “Our goal was to provide an innovative, timely new experience that brought the industry together. Our dedicated committee volunteers helped create an education conference and worked throughout to support each session. And our global manufacturer and supplier members partnered with us to provide an event that allowed for easy


networking, communication, and connection. We are more inspired than ever by the heart and spirit of this incredible industry and are already taking key learnings from this event and applying them to our next IAAPA virtual events.” The education conference featured 21 speakers


from around the world and included sessions on important topics including best practices for reopening parks and attractions, safety, operations, automation and digitalisation, and more. While the virtual event was live during China


Standard Time, registered attendees could access the exhibit hall, chat rooms, and education sessions at any time, allowing for easy access for attendees around the world, in any time zone. In addition, IAAPA Virtual Expo: Asia attendees may continue to engage with the


Expo’s on-demand content and continue to follow- up with exhibitors until Saturday, August 8, 5 a.m. China Standard Time (CST), Friday, August 7, 11 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). During IAAPA Virtual Expo: Asia attendees voted


for virtual booth innovations in three categories: Best Booth Downloads, Best Booth Videos and Most Engaging Chat Room. The event’s winners were: Best Booth Videos – Extreme Engineering; Best Booth Downloads – Polin Waterparks; Most Booth Engaging Chat Room – Themebuilders Philippines, Inc. IAAPA continues to add innovative digital education


and networking experiences to further connect and support the global attractions industry. Registration is now open for IAAPA Virtual Conference: The Americas, set to take place Sept. 2-3, and IAAPA Virtual Conference: EMEA and APAC, scheduled for Sept. 22-24. Attendees will learn from industry leaders from around the world, take part in networking sessions and chats, and come together to share ideas to continue to move the industry forward.


Waldameer opens two new rides


Waldameer Park & Water World, Erie, Pennsylvania, has introduced Whirlwind, a compact spinning coaster from Visa International and a six-lane Rally Racer mat slide complex from ProSlide Technologies. Whirlwind, a Compact Spinning Coaster


model MV608 brokered by Rides-4-U, is a family ride for young children and their parents and siblings with a figure-8 layout. The Rally Racer is 48 feet (15 m) tall and each lane is 394 feet (120 m) long. It takes about 14 seconds to descend and replaced two speed slides installed in 1989. Park CEO Paul Nelson said that parents


have enjoyed riding Whirlwind with their children. “They have a good time riding together,” he reports. “Guests enjoy competition, and Rally Racer allows up to six guests to start together and see who reaches the bottom first.”


6 SUMMER 2020


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