IAAPA News - Expo Preview - November 2017


What to Expect at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017

by Juanita Chavarro Arias

IAAPA Attractions Expo, the largest international conference and trade show for the attractions industry, returns to Orlando to bring together more than 32,000 participants and 1,100 exhibitors across a 575,000-net-square-foot exhibit space. With countless opportunities to build partnerships, explore new products and services, recognize excellence in the industry, and learn valuable insights, here are just a few of the must-see features at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017, Nov. 13-17.

Connect, Marvel, Shop

Designers, engineers, manufacturers, and suppliers from more than 1,100 exhibiting companies representing 125 product categories bring the industry’s most innovative ideas to life across the trade show floor’s nine miles of aisles. Find out how to navigate the trade show floor with guided tours for food and beverage suppliers, point-of-sale systems suppliers, and water park suppliers.

Jumpstart the Expo Experience

At the annual Kickoff Event, discover news, entertainment, and multimedia reports from around the world, and see what’s ahead for the industry in 2018. The event will take place on Nov. 14 at 8:30 a.m. and will be hosted by 2017 IAAPA Chairman of the Board Greg Hale and IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland.

Learn About the Power of Social Media

Join Bob White, chief operating officer of Village Roadshow Theme Parks, at this year’s Lunch and Learn* event, Nov. 13 at noon, where he will show how his parks are using the power of social media to reinforce their guests’ understanding of ride safety.

Network with Colleagues

Enjoy breakfast and network with senior attractions industry executives from around the globe during the GM and Owners’ Breakfast*, Nov. 15 at 8:15 a.m. Nick Varney, CEO of Merlin Entertainments, will deliver the keynote address and share his experiences and secrets for success.

An Exciting Evening at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Explore the new nighttime offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort during “IAAPA Celebrates at Disney’s Animal Kingdom*,” Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Enter the bioluminescent rainforest of Pandora—The World of Avatar, and experience the sights and sounds of the Discovery Island Carnivale dance party, “Kilimanjaro Safaris” evening tours, and “Rivers of Light” show.

Engaging Tours with Exclusive Access

See some of the area’s most popular, world-class attractions from new perspectives with EDUTours* to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Fun Spot America, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando Resort. Learn about the attractions’ operations, technology, best practices, and more. EDUTours are open to IAAPA members only.

For the latest information on IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017, visit www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.