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20 Nov 2017
IAAPA 2017: Expo breaks records as 39,000 descend on Orlando

This year’s IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, has proved to be the organisation’s most successful show ever, with a record 39,000 people attending the landmark event.

Taking place between 13-17 November, buyer attendance increased 12 per cent over 2016’s numbers, generating an estimated US$51.3m (€43.5m, £38.7m) for the Orlando economy as buyers discovered the latest technologies, discussed trends and hot topics and tasted new foods during the five day show.

“It’s been a great week,” said IAAPA president and CEO, Paul Noland, speaking to Attractions Management. “We’ve been thrilled with the show floor, all the events and our attendance is up considerably, which shows the fundamental optimism that’s still here for the growth in the industry.

“Our events have been great, we had a terrific IAAPA Celebrates at Animal Kingdom with 3,000 people attending. People seemed really happy and we’re very happy with how it’s come together.”

Educational sessions at the Expo proved a huge success this year, with 13,523 people taking part in 138 different education experiences over the week. Included among the speakers were Merlin Entertainments CEO Nick Varney, who delivered the keynote address at the GM and Owners' Breakfast, and Village Roadshow Theme Parks COO, Bob White, who spoke about handling a crisis in the world of social media.

IAAPA’s support during the show for Give Kids the World proved a success, with US$123,000 (€104,000, £93,000) raised for the charity through its annual golf tournament, motorcycle ride, fun run and walk, as well as individual and corporate donations. Give Kids the World’s Pamela and Henry Landwirth were also recognised for their work with the charity, being named members of the IAAPA Hall of Fame along with Puy du Fou’s Phillipe De Villiers and music composer Richard Sherman.

Check back with Attractions Management and AM2 for all the latest news coming out of IAAPA 2017.


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14 Jun 2018
Looking forward as London prepares for MuseumNext
Museum delegates will soon gather in London for the European edition of this year's MuseumNext conference, which kicks off on Monday (18 June) for its 10th year.
14 Jun 2018
Luzhniki Stadium reopens to host opening game of FIFA World Cup
The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup will kick off later today, marking the re-opening of what has been described as the "most high-tech stadium in World Cup history".
14 Jun 2018
Wellness Meets Fashion: GWS to feature runway show
The confluence of fashion and wellness will be explored during the first-ever Wellness Meets Fashion show, which will take place at the Global Wellness Summit’s (GWS) gala event on 7 October, 2018 in Cesena, Italy.
13 Jun 2018
Breaking: US, Canada and Mexico to host FIFA 2026 World Cup
A joint bid with the US, Mexico and Canada has been selected to host the FIFA 2026 World Cup, following a vote by the FIFA Congress today.
12 Jun 2018
Manchester City FC opens its facilities to kids during Active Uprising
Premier League club Manchester City FC (MCFC) will open its doors to children later this month, as part of the Active Uprising Weekend organised by ukactive.
12 Jun 2018
GOCO’s D’Angelo wins Black Diamond Award
The 11th annual Forum Hotel & Spa conference took place last week at the Four Seasons George V in Paris, bringing together spa and hospitality executives from France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Morocco, Portugal, Russia, Luxembourg, Great Britain and the US.
11 Jun 2018
Michelle Obama to keynote at Mindbody's BOLD Conference
Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, will give a keynote speech at this year's BOLD conference.
04 Jun 2018
Andy Burnham announced as Active Uprising headline speaker
Former health secretary and current Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has been confirmed as the headline speaker at this year's Active Uprising event.
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