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09 Nov 2018
IAAPA 2018: 35,000 gather in Orlando for record-breaking attractions expo

More than 35,000 buyers, suppliers and representatives of the attractions sector from more than 100 countries are heading to Orlando, Florida, ahead of this year's IAAPA Attractions Expo, which is set to break records once again as the organisation celebrates its centenary year.

Hosted inside the Orange County Convention Centre, the Expo gets into full swing on 13 November, with the event's opening ceremony. The conference starts a day earlier on 12 November, with Monday entirely dedicated to education sessions.

Showcasing more than 1,100 exhibiting companies, the trade show floor will be the largest in IAAPA history, with more than 52,000sq m (560,000sq ft) of exhibition space. For the first time in Expo history, the show floor will extend beyond the walls of the convention centre into outdoor structures created just for the event. Dubbed the “Exploration Station,” this area creates new exhibit space for over 100 companies exhibiting at IAAPA for the first time.

Alongside its vast show floor, IAAPA offers a programme of more than 100 educational sessions and presentations by leading operators on industry trends, new technology, marketing and communications, entertainment, government relations, safety and security, food and beverage, games and merchandise, facility operations, human resources, and more.

This year’s keynote speaker is Disney’s Parks and Resorts chair Bob Chapek, who will talk at the GM and Owners’ Breakfast on 14 November, offering insight into his more than 25 years of leadership at the global entertainment giant.

IAAPA will be celebrating 100 years in style, as Universal Studios Florida hosts a special event on 15 November. Open only to IAAPA attendees, the week's major networking session will feature a special music set performed by Canadian rock band the Barenaked Ladies.

The expo is the world’s largest conference and trade show for the attractions industry, which has an estimated US$360bn (€315bn, £275bn) global economic impact. The conference takes place from 12-15 November and the trade show from 13-16 November.

Check back with Attractions Management during the week for all the latest breaking news coming from IAAPA 2018.


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01 Nov 2018
Leicester City, Warwickshire CCC and Leeds Rhinos among winners of 2018 IOG Awards
Groundscare teams at Leicester City FC and Leeds Rhinos rugby club are among the winners of the 2018 Institute of Groundsmanship’s (IOG) awards for groundskeeping.
29 Oct 2018
Active IQ wins Innovation of the Year award at FAB 2018
Active IQ has been declared the winner of the Innovation of the Year Award at the FAB 2018 Awards, organised by the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB).
29 Oct 2018
STA secures Collaboration of the Year prize at FAB Awards
Safety Training Awards, the awarding organisation of the Swimming Teachers' Association (STA), has been handed the Collaboration of the Year award at this year’s FAB Awards.
26 Oct 2018
Bob Rogers unveils 2018 lineup for IAAPA Legends Panel
Some of the brightest and best minds operating in the attractions industry today will come together to discuss how best to open venues overseas in a culture that might be alien to the team behind it, in a world where fervent nationalism is on the rise.
25 Oct 2018
Birmingham completes venue plan for 2022 Commonwealth Games
Nearly every event at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place in a facility which is already open, the organising committee for the games has revealed.
24 Oct 2018
Dr Marc Cohen launches ‘Extreme Bathing’ wellness retreats
Dr Marc Cohen, professor at Australia’s RMIT University and board member of the Global Wellness Summit, has launched a series of ‘extreme’ wellness retreats focusing on hot and cold water and breathing techniques.
23 Oct 2018
VisitScotland targets European visitor markets to grow Scottish tourism
VisitScotland is upping its efforts to market Scotland as a destination for european visitors, by hosting its first ever pan-European travel trade mission.
19 Oct 2018
Blackstone acquires live events specialist NEC Group
Private equity giant Blackstone has acquired UK-based live events venue operator National Exhibition Centre Group from LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.
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Diary dates
24 Apr - 26 Nov 2018
MAPIC Russia
Expocentre
Moscow
Russia
12-16 Nov 2018
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando
United States
13-14 Nov 2018
Spa Life UK
Hilton Birmingham Metropole (NEC)
Birmingham
United Kingdom
14-16 Nov 2018
MAPIC
Palais des Festivals
Cannes
France
15 Nov 2018
Active Training Awards + Conference
Unique Venues Birmingham
Birmingham
United Kingdom
19-20 Nov 2018
Israel Hotel Investment Summit (IHIS)
Hilton Hotel
Tel Aviv
Israel
20-21 Nov 2018
Sleep + Eat
Olympia
London
United Kingdom
27-27 Nov 2018
BASES Conference
Harrogate Convention Centre
Harrogate
United Kingdom
28-29 Nov 2018
MIPIM Asia
Grand Hyatt Hotel
Hong Kong SAR
05-06 Dec 2018
ARCHITECT@WORK - Germany
Messe Stuttgart - Hall 9
Stuttgart
Germany
05-06 Dec 2018
International Sports Convention (ISC)
Palexpo Convention Center
Geneva
Switzerland
05-06 Dec 2018
Esports Conference
Palexpo Convention Center
Geneva
Switzerland
05-06 Dec 2018
Turf and Grass Conference
Palexpo Convention Center
Geneva
Switzerland
05-06 Dec 2018
Stadium Connected Conference
Palexpo Convention Center
Geneva
Switzerland
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