Asian Attractions Expo Moves to Beijing for 2014

Asian Attractions Expo Moves to Beijing for 2014
Thousands of Attractions Industry Professionals to Convene in Beijing for the Four-Day Conference and Trade Show at the China National Convention Center in 17-20 June 2014

(Feb. 27, 2013) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2014 will take place at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing 17-20 June 2014. Since 1997, Asian Attractions Expo has been the premier international trade show and conference for the multibillion-dollar leisure and attractions industry in Asia.

“IAAPA is looking forward to bringing Asian Attractions Expo to China,” IAAPA Vice President, Asia Pacific Operations Andrew Lee said. “The attractions industry within China is growing at a rapid pace with several attractions recently completed and a number of other major amusement parks in development, making its capital city, Beijing, a logical choice to host AAE 2014.”   

“Beijing’s experience as host to the 2008 Olympic Games, its area tourist attractions, and its history and diverse culture make it a perfect backdrop for Asian Attractions Expo, the attractions industry’s fastest growing trade show and conference in the region,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland.

Owners, Operators, Manufacturers, and Suppliers Will Conduct Business, Learn, and Network
More than 5,000 attractions industry professionals from more than 60 nations are expected to participate in the event. The trade show floor will showcase products from more than 250 companies from around the world in more than 100 categories, including amusement and theme park rides; architectural and design services; and coin-operated games, skill games, and redemption prizes.

The trade show floor is the place for CEOs, directors, general managers, and senior managers of amusement and theme parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, family entertainment centers, casinos, and resorts to experience what’s new in the attractions industry and purchase attractions and services to enhance the guest experience and increase revenue at their facilities. The event will include education sessions related to safety, operations, and management presented by worldwide industry leaders in each discipline. Session discussions will center on industry trends and best practices, and throughout the week participants will network with colleagues to strengthen longtime business relationships and establish new partnerships.

Beijing Offers Historic Landmarks in Vibrant City
Beijing is the second most populated city in China, and it serves as the country’s political, educational, and cultural center, filled with historic sites and government institutions. The city is home to Tiananmen Square, in Dongcheng District, which is surrounded by such landmarks as the Great Hall of the People, the Museum of Chinese History, the Museum of the Chinese Revolution, the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, and the Monument to the People's Martyrs. While in Beijing, Asian Attractions Expo participants can visit the Beijing Zoo in Xicheng District, famous for its traditional landscaping and giant pandas, see the Olympic Water Park, tour the Palace Museum also known as the Forbidden City, enjoy the Beijing Aquarium, or experience the attractions at Beijing Happy Valley, Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park, or World Park Beijing. Also, participants can walk the The Great Wall of China located approximately, 90 minutes from the capital city. 

About China National Convention Center
The China National Convention Center (CNCC) was opened in 2008 for the Beijing Olympic Games and is located next to The National Stadium, nick-named the Bird’s Nest; the National Aquatics Center, known as the Water Cube; and the National Indoor Stadium. After the Olympic Games and subsequent renovations, the CNCC opened in November 2009 to host international meetings, exhibitions, and other similar events offering world-class services and unparalleled facilities. The CNCC complex consists of the Convention Center, CNCC Grand Hotel, InterContinental Hotel, and two office buildings. The conference area offers numerous meeting rooms and 23,000 square meters of exhibit space. The CNCC’s convenient location and subway station enable people to quickly go to the city center, the airport, the Beijing Railway station, the central business district, and many tourist attractions.

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 situated amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents more than 4,500 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. IAAPA is online at www.IAAPA.org.

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Contact Information:
IAAPA Press Office: +1 703/299-5127
Colleen Mangone: cmangone@IAAPA.org
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Andrew Lee:  alee@IAAPA.org