Asian Attractions Expo 2018 opens in Hong Kong
Trade show floor, education sessions, and special events take place this week for global attractions industry professionals
Asian Attractions Expo 2018, the premier international trade show and conference for attractions industry professionals in the Asia Pacific region, opens today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Hong Kong, China. Hosted by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Asian Attractions Expo 2018 will run for three days until 8 June. This year the Expo is honored to have the Michael Wong, JP, Secretary for Development of the HKSAR Government join IAAPA’s senior leadership and officiate the Opening Ceremony.
Global exhibits for attractions, entertainment, and more
Asian Attractions Expo 2018 features over 300 exhibiting companies from more than 30 countries and regions, across more than 9,500 net square meters of trade show floor area. Among them, 81 new companies will exhibit on the trade show floor for the first time. Throughout the event, top international manufacturers and suppliers will debut and unveil new products, services, and technology. Products and services on display include state-of-the-art rides, motion simulators, virtual reality, water attractions, video and skill games, as well as the latest in theming, technology applications, food-and-beverage innovations, and more.
Over 8,000 attractions industry professionals from more than 50 countries and regions are expected to gather together to discover new ways to grow their business by learning from and sharing industry best practices and knowledge while making connections that can only be found at Asian Attractions Expo 2018.
15 expert-led education sessions deliver industry insights
Apart from the rich product offerings to be found on the show floor, attendees can also benefit from an abundance of learning and networking opportunities during Asian Attractions Expo 2018’s education sessions.
Asian Attractions Expo 2018 will offer 15 education sessions with in-depth programs led by leading industry professionals from around the world, including executives from Universal Parks and Resorts, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Samsung, and more. Session topics will cover leadership, advances in technology, delivering great experiences and other hot subjects. The Asia Pacific Spotlight session will discuss the region’s fast-growing economy, the latest trends, and topics including safety, human resources, marketing, and new rides.
Special events and networking at Hong Kong’s elite attractions
Asian Attraction Expo 2018’s attendees can also enjoy many unique and memorable opportunities at various special events. The Expo will begin with a networking reception celebrating IAAPA’s 100th anniversary. Throughout the week, learning opportunities will take place both inside HKCEC and on-site at local attractions throughout Hong Kong for exclusive education tours (EDUTours), allowing attractions industry professionals to make new connections and share ideas with like-minded colleagues.
“We are extremely excited to return to Hong Kong for Asian Attractions Expo,” shared Hal McEvoy, interim president and CEO, IAAPA. “This year the association is celebrating our 100th anniversary, and we are proud to serve the growing global attractions industry which has evolved in so many ways over the past century. The attractions industry in the Asia Pacific region is truly thriving right now, and we look forward to another successful Expo where industry colleagues can continue to learn from one another and establish valuable connections.”
On-site registration is available throughout the duration of Asian Attractions Expo 2018. To learn more, visit www.IAAPA.org/AsianAttractionsExpo.
Asian Attractions Expo 2018 Sponsors:
APES Apex Parks & Entertainment Services; Cumming Corporation; Cartoon Network
FODEGRAF; Gateway Ticketing Systems; KristallTurm; PGAV Destinations; Pictureworks; ProSlide Technology; Vekoma Ride Manufacturing; WARTSILA; Kraftwerk Living Technologies GmbH.
accesso; International Play Company; Jack Rouse Associates; Polin Waterparks; VAHLE; WhiteWater.
About Asian Attractions Expo
Since 1997, Asian Attractions Expo has been the premier international event for the multibillion-dollar leisure and attractions industry in the Asia-Pacific region. Asian Attractions Expo 2018 takes place at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong, China from 5-8 June, and features a 9,500-net-square-meter trade show floor, a comprehensive industry education program, networking events, and visits to some of the region’s premier attractions. More than 8,000 attractions industry professionals from over 50 countries and regions will participate in the 2018 event. @IAAPAHQ #AAE18
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) began as an advocacy office in 1918. Since that time, IAAPA has become the largest international trade association for permanently located attractions, dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the global attractions industry. As a non-profit organization, IAAPA represents more than 5,300 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 100 countries. Members include professionals from amusement parks, theme parks, attractions; water parks, resorts; family entertainment centers; zoos, aquariums; science centers, museums; and industry manufacturers and suppliers.
IAAPA helps members improve their efficiency, marketing, safety, and profitability while maintaining the highest possible professional standards in the industry worldwide.
The association’s global headquarters is in Orlando, Florida, US. The non-profit organization maintains offices in Brussels, Belgium; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Mexico City, Mexico; and Alexandria, Virginia, US. To learn more, visit www.IAAPA.org or connect through social media channels: @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA100