Asian Attractions Expo 2015 to Feature Four Exclusive Networking Events at Top-Notch Facilities in Asia-Pacific Region

Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park Hong Kong, and Chimelong Ocean Kingdom Among Featured Venues During Asia’s Premier Global Attractions Industry Event

(April 15, 2015) – Attractions industry professionals will have the opportunity to visit three of the Asia-Pacific region’s most distinguished facilities as part of Asian Attractions Expo 2015 (AAE 2015), 16-19 June, and the Asian Attractions Expo 2015 Post Tour 20-21 June. Participants will connect with industry peers and colleagues during four separate events, including the Opening Night Event at Hong Kong Disneyland, a facility tour of Ocean Park Hong Kong, the Young Professionals Forum at Ocean Park, and a post tour to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom. Asian Attractions Expo 2015 is the region’s largest international attractions industry event and will bring more than 7,000 participants to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). 

Opening Night Event at Hong Kong Disneyland
Wednesday, 17 June, 6:30–10 p.m.

Asian Attractions Expo attendees will mix, mingle, and recap the first day of the Expo while enjoying rides and a new spectacular night parade at Hong Kong Disneyland. Attractions open will include the recently finished Mystic Point area featuring the “Mystic Manor” ride and Grizzly’s Gulch featuring the “Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars” steel roller coaster. Guests will also experience Hong Kong Disneyland’s “Disney Paint the Night” parade, which debuted in October 2014. 

Young Professionals Forum
Thursday, 18 June, 5–9 p.m.

Young professionals from throughout the Asia-Pacific region will make new connections, share work experiences, receive tips for career advancement, and go on a guided tour of Ocean Park Hong Kong during the Young Professionals Forum. The event will include an hour-and-a-half long education session and forum, followed by a guided tour of Ocean Park showcasing its “Grand Aquarium,” “Adventures in Australia,” and “Amazing Asian Animals” exhibits. A cocktail reception will follow.   

Facility Tour of Ocean Park Hong Kong
Friday, 19 June, 4–8:30 p.m.

Ocean Park Hong Kong officials will guide Asian Attractions Expo attendees through the newest attractions at the expanding marine theme park. Tour participants will explore the depths of the ocean during a tour of the “Grand Aquarium,” ride the “Ocean Express” train, experience an up-close encounter with cold-weather animals at the “Polar Adventure,” and unveil the mysteries of sharks and rays as they visit the “Shark Mystique” exhibit. Then, guests will take a scenic cable car ride to the Waterfront section of the park where they will see the all-new “Adventures in Australia” exhibit and “Amazing Asian Animals” exhibit before a lakeside reception and show.

Post Tour to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom
Saturday, 20 June, 8:30 a.m.–Sunday, 21 June, 5:15 p.m.

Following the conference and trade show, the Asian Attractions Expo 2015 Post Tour to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom begins. Tour participants will travel from Hong Kong to China’s Hengqin Bay Hotel, where guests will stay for two days as they learn about the development of the Chimelong International Ocean Tourist Resort and other rapidly emerging projects on Hengqin Island. During a tour of Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, participants will see a rare whale shark, beluga whales, polar bears, emperor penguins, and other exotic animals, while also enjoying exhilarating rides. The night of 20 June, participants will enjoy the high-flying “Glamourous Sky Over Ocean” spectacular featuring lighting, audio, video, fireworks, and stunt performances. Sunday, 21 June, guest will explore three of Chimelong’s premier themed hotels, the Chimelong Penguin Hotel, Chimelong Circus Hotel, and Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel. Later that day, participants will depart Hengqin Island, and travel back to Hong Kong.

Separate tickets and Asian Attractions Expo 2015 registration must be purchased to attend each event. IAAPA members save at least 25 percent on each event ticket. www.IAAPA.org/expos/asian-attractions-expo/registration-travel.

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 2015 will take place at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre, 16-19 June, and include an 8,500-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 7,000 attractions industry professionals from more than 65 countries will participate in the 2015 event.

About IAAPA
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents more than 4,800 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. The association's global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Orlando. www.IAAPA.org @IAAPAHQ #AAE15

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