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Asian Attractions Expo—the Premier International Attractions Industry Trade Show in Asia-Pacific—Moves to Shanghai for 2016

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Asian Attractions Expo—the Premier International Attractions Industry Trade Show in Asia-Pacific—Moves to Shanghai for 2016 
Thousands of Attractions Industry Professionals to Convene for the Four-Day Conference and Trade Show at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre 13-16 June 2016  

(June 18, 2015) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2016 will take place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) 13-16 June 2016. Since 1997, Asian Attractions Expo has been the premier international trade show and conference for the multibillion-dollar leisure and attractions industry in the Asia-Pacific region. IAAPA, the trade association for the attractions industry worldwide, produces the annual Expo. 

"We are thrilled to take Asian Attractions Expo back to China,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland. “We selected Shanghai, one of the most established business centers in China, as it is reflective of the tremendous international appeal of our industry to the Asia-Pacific region and the industry’s dynamic growth." 

"Shanghai has grown exponentially over the past 15 years, and is home to some exciting new industry projects,” said IAAPA Vice President, Asia Pacific Operations June Ko. “The city is a perfect location to bring our international attendees and exhibitors to learn, buy, and network."  
Attractions Industry Professionals from Around the World Gather to Learn, Buy, and Network 
More than 7,000 attractions industry professionals from over 65 nations are expected to participate in the event. The trade show floor will showcase innovative products and services from more than 300 companies from around the world in more than 100 categories, including amusement and theme park rides; architectural and design services; coin-operated games, skill games, and redemption prizes; food and beverage equipment; water park attractions; and much more. 

The trade show floor is the place where CEOs, directors, general managers, and senior managers of amusement and theme parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, family entertainment centers, and resorts gather to experience what’s new in the attractions industry and purchase attractions and services to enhance their guest experience and increase revenue at their facilities. The event includes education sessions related to safety, operations, marketing, human resources, 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 business contacts. 
About Shanghai  
Shanghai sits on China’s central coast. It is the country's largest city and a global financial hub. The city boasts the world’s busiest port and has committed to opening the region’s premier international financial, shipping, and trade center in 2020. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises Pudong’s futuristic skyline, including 632-meter Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with its distinctive pink spheres. Shanghai is also home to the sprawling Yuyuan Garden with its traditional pavilions, towers, and ponds, and Shanghai Disneyland Resort, which is expected to open in 2016. 
About Shanghai New International Expo Centre 
The Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) is jointly owned by German Exposition Corporation International GmbH., (a joint subsidiary of Deutsche Messe AG, Messe Duesseldorf GmbH, and Messe Muenchen GmbH) and Shanghai Lujiazui Exhibition Development Co. Ltd. Situated in Pudong Shanghai, an international commercial, economic, financial, trade, and shipping center, SNIEC serves to strengthen the global economic relations as a platform for significant international trade fairs. Since officially opening in 2001, SNIEC has made a rapid development and annually welcomes more than 4 million guests through 100 world-class exhibitions.  
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 4,800 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, Hong Kong, and Orlando, Florida. IAAPA is online at www.IAAPA.org @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA #AAE16  


Editor’s Note: Logos and images are available for download at www.IAAPA.org/AAEimages.   
Contact Information: 
IAAPA Press Office: pressoffice@IAAPA.org  
Colleen Mangone: cmangone@IAAPA.org  
David Mandt: dmandt@IAAPA.org 
In Hong Kong 
June Ko:  jko@IAAPA.org