June 11, 2010
Amusement Expo 2011 Gains IAAPA Educational Programming Support
Today, leaders from the American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA), the Amusement & Music Operators Association (AMOA), and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) jointly announced future plans for Amusement Expo 2011, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center March 1-3, 2011. The conference and trade show for the coin-operated amusement and family entertainment center industries is owned by AAMA and AMOA and managed by William T. Glasgow Inc. IAAPA will develop and produce an educational program for family entertainment center operators that will be scheduled in conjunction with Amusement Expo 2011. The association will also have a booth on the exhibit floor and host a social event at the show.
AAMA, AMOA, and IAAPA have jointly decided not to extend their 10-year joint venture agreement to produce Fun Expo International beyond the 2010 event which took place in March in Las Vegas.
Amusement Expo was produced for the first time in 2010. It was collocated with Fun Expo in Las Vegas. Approximately 2,500 people, including more than 1,000 buyers, participated in the comingled events. One hundred fifty (150) companies exhibited their goods and services on the trade show floor.
AAMA Board Chairman and Firestone Financial President and CEO David Cohen said, "We were very happy with Amusement Expo 2010. From the show floor to the seminars and networking events, the show fueled a renewed excitement about the future of our industry.” Continuing, he added, “Having a single spring event is the right thing for the exhibitors, the buyers, and the associations involved. It allows us to focus our energy and produce a successful, quality event that will grow in the years to come.”
"Amusement Expo 2010 exceeded our expectations and laid a great foundation on which we can build,” said AMOA President Gary Brewer, owner of Brewer Amusement Co. “We are pleased to have IAAPA’s support in providing education programs for an important group of attendees. We look forward to a bigger and better show in 2011."
“Amusement Expo is an important event for the FEC industry, and we are pleased to offer IAAPA’s quality education program for FEC operators during the show,” said IAAPA President and CEO Charlie Bray.
Amusement Expo 2011 will take place concurrently with International Pizza Expo 2011. Additional information about Amusement Expo 2011 will be available atwww.amusementexpo.org in the weeks ahead.
The American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA) is an international nonprofit trade organization representing the manufacturers, distributors, and parts suppliers of the coin-operated amusement industry. AAMA was founded in 1981 by a small group of amusement coin-operated machine manufacturers concerned with the future of their industry. A board of directors, selected by its members, governs the AAMA. Committees work with the association staff to develop programs to promote and protect the industry. Members donate their time, effort, and expertise on a voluntary basis. For 30 years, AAMA has served its membership through legislative efforts, promotional arenas, foreign business development, and more. www.coin-op.org
The Amusement & Music Operators Association (AMOA) is a diverse group of companies engaged in the coin-operated amusement industry. Membership includes operators who own, place, and service coin-activated equipment; manufacturers of coin-operated equipment, including games, jukeboxes, pool tables, dart boards, foosball, and other amusements; suppliers who provide parts or accessories, including monitors, bill changers, locks, etc.; distributors who market and distribute the coin-operated amusements; consultants; members of the recording industry; trade press; and others involved in various channels of the coin-activated equipment business. www.amoa.com
IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded more than 90 years ago, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions worldwide and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the amusement industry. IAAPA represents more than 4,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. Member facilities include amusement/theme parks, waterparks, attractions, family entertainment centers, arcades, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, resorts, and casinos. www.IAAPA.org
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For more information, contact:
John Schultz Jack Kelleher
+1 847/290-9088 +1 847/428-7699
IAAPA William T. Glasgow Inc.
David Mandt Brian Glasgow
+1 703/836-4800 +1 708/226-1300