IAAPA Expo Asia 2019 opened today in the New Shanghai International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China. The three-day event is hosted by IAAPA, the worldwide association for the attractions industry.
Over 8,500 attraction industry professionals from more than 60 countries and regions across the world are gathered in Shanghai to learn from industry experts during the conference, pick up new business opportunities on the trade show floor and make connections at the conference’s numerous networking events.
A record-breaking 400-plus companies are exhibiting at the trade show floor, which stretches 13,000 net square metres. These hundreds of exhibiting companies, many of which are exhibiting for the first time at the leading attractions’ event, are debuting and showcasing their technology, products and services.
The eye-catching trade show comprises of many exciting products and features, including motion simulators, state-of-the-art rides, water attractions, virtual reality features, video gaming, theming and more.
Asides visiting the hundreds of exhibitors on the trade show, attendees can participate in learning events and networking opportunities, including listening to a keynote speech by Joe Schott, president and CEO of Shanghai Disney Resort, during the Expo’s Leadership Breakfast.
More than 500 industry professionals are attending the Opening Night Reception with entertainment at Shanghai’s newest, award-winning marine park, the Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park.
Many other leading attraction resorts in Shanghai are featuring at IAAPA Expo Asia 2019, including the Shanghai Natural History Museum, Shanghai Disney Resort, Hello Kitty Shanghai Times and the Shanghai Dungeon during the Young Professional Reception.
More than ten expert-led education sessions are taking place over the course of the three days, with executive speakers from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, OCT Happy Valley, Universal Beijing Resort, AECOM, Sanderson, Whitewater, and more.
Topics will cover everything from visual media technology, theme entertainment, safety innovation, data-driven modelling, creative design, human resources, marketing, operation, and more
Hal McEvoy, president and CEO of IAAPA, spoke about the event.
“This year’s IAAPA Expo Asia features the largest trade show floor in the event’s history, and we know this reflects the strength of the global attractions industry.
“We are thrilled to return to Shanghai and bring together industry professionals from around the world. IAAPA is committed to providing global programs and Expos to help inspire members so that they can succeed and continue to grow,” said McEvoy.