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PW-JAN20-30-33-IAPPA-Review.qxp_Feature 04/02/2020 11:35 Page 30


Event Review www.parkworld-online.com


Attendance rises, innovation thrives


Becci Knowles and Paul Ruben report on the 2019 IAAPA Expo A


ccording to the latest ‘IAAPA Global Theme and Amusement Park Outlook Report (2019-2023),’ theme and amusement parks worldwide are


expected to entertain more than 1.16 billion people in 2019 and generate $52 billion in revenue. With its attendance on the rise, the IAAPA Expo continues to serve as the epicenter for attractions industry innovation. From November 18 to 22 2019, the 101st version of IAAPA Expo was once again held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. It welcomed 42,600 attendees and 1,146 exhibitors in 2019, an increase of 600 attendees and a


decrease of five exhibitors from last year. International leaders, decision makers, and visionaries from around the world came together to buy, learn, and network at the premier conference and trade show for the global attractions industry.


Busiest show “With the largest attendance in IAAPA Expo history, this year’s event is a testament to the continued growth and strength of the attractions industry worldwide,” said Hal McEvoy, president and CEO, IAAPA. “It’s been an incredible week bringing together this vibrant and diverse community that continues to evolve in ways we’ve yet to imagine.” Of the record 42,600 people attended the 2019 show,


there were 27,800 qualified buyers from amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers (FECs), zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, resorts, and attractions from around the world. That represents an increase of 1,200 buyers from 2018. During IAAPA Expo, attractions industry professionals from around the world experienced a 600,375 square feet (55,777 sq m) of trade show floor space,


including the Exploration Station outdoor structure, filled with new products and technologies representing 125 product categories, from ride engineering and virtual reality to special effects and food and beverage. The five-day Expo pumped an estimated $77.2 million into the Orlando-area economy this week, comparable to last year. 38 companies made new product announcements directly


ETF Ride Systems press conference in cooperation with LEGOLAND New York Resort and Holovis. 30


from the trade show floor during Expo, including Carnival Cruise Line and Maurer, Legoland New York Resort, Holovis


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