IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 Marks 10-Year High

For Immediate Release

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 Marks 10-Year High for Exhibit Space and Registrants and Caps Record Year for
IAAPA’s Worldwide Expos

(Nov. 22, 2013, UPDATED March 26, 2014) – Approximately 28,800 amusement park and attractions industry professionals from 110 nations packed the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 Nov. 18-22. The trade show floor buzzed with the business of fun as 18,100 buyers shopped their way around the largest floor in 10 years. This show brings to a close a record-breaking year as more than 43,000 people, including 28,000 buyers, participated in IAAPA’s Expos around the world: Asian Attractions Expo, Euro Attractions Show, and IAAPA Attractions Expo.

IAAPA Attractions Expo is the largest conference and trade show for the $24 billion global attractions industry and serves as the one-stop-shop for the industry. The who’s who gathered at the Expo to debut new products, test the latest technology, discuss the current trends and hot topics, learn from peers and experts, and taste new food and beverage treats. Industry owners, presidents, general managers, directors, and managers understand one of the best way to entice consumers is the addition of new product, and IAAPA Attractions Expo connects them with leading innovators and creative masterminds to begin developing future guest experiences.

“There was a palpable energy throughout IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland. “Business is clearly booming. The week was filled with big project announcements, exciting ride reveals, contracts being signed, and education sessions overflowing with attractions professionals.”

The event is owned and produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). The five-day Expo had an estimated $48 million economic impact on the Orlando area.  

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 by the Numbers

  • 1,098 companies displayed innovative new products and services on 528,578 net square feet of trade show floor space. It was the largest trade show floor in 10 years and the largest outdoor area ever. The indoor exhibit space was completely sold out.  
  • 18,100 total qualified buyers including executives from amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers (FECs), zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, resorts, and roadside attractions from around the world participated.
  • 11,200 people (an increase of 10 percent over last year) participated in 80 education programs which included multiple-day Institutes, behind-the-scenes tours, panel and round-table discussions, and half-day symposiums.  
  • 1,800 people attended the Kickoff Event, the week’s official opening session, for an update on the state of the industry; to see the exciting new attractions introduced around the world in 2013; and to preview new developments for 2014.
  • 1,200 participants met, socialized, and shared ideas at the Opening Reception.
  • Approximately 1,200 industry leaders enjoyed a lunch and learn presentation by Walt Disney World Resort President George Kalogridis and keynote breakfast address by Matt Ouimet, President and CEO, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.
  • 1,600 people enjoyed Antartica: Empire of the Penguin, “Manta,” “Kraken,” and “Shamu Rocks” during IAAPA Celebrates at SeaWorld Orlando.
  • Exhibitors held 19 press conferences to reveal new rides, attractions, technology, and innovations during Expo.
  • Expo participants raised a record-breaking $115,000 for Give Kids The World the Kissimmee, Fla., resort for children with life-threatening illnesses with a golf tournament, motorcycle ride, fun run and walk, a chance-to-win, and individual and corporate donations.
  • IAAPA appreciates the generous support of 67 sponsoring companies who helped make IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 possible.

Prestigious Industry Awards Presented at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013
The following awards were presented at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013:

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Nov. 17-21. More than 144 companies already reserved booth space on the trade show floor. Information about exhibiting or attending is available at

www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAATTRACTIONSEXPO

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 4,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. Member facilities include amusement/theme parks, water parks, attractions, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, resorts, and casinos. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. Revenue generated for the association by its involvement in trade shows and other activities are returned to the association to fund services for its members and the industry. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. www.IAAPA.org

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Editors Note: All numbers are preliminary estimates. Once numbers are audited and verified, the online version of this press release will be updated.

Contact Information
pressoffice@IAAPA.org or +1 703/299-5127
Colleen Mangone: cmangone@IAAPA.org
David Mandt: dmandt@IAAPA.org

Quotes from Attendees
Mario Mamon, 2014 IAAPA Chairman, Chairman and President, Enchanted Kingdom
“What I’ve heard all over the floor is that the show this year is unprecedented compared to recent history. We see a lot of interest from Asia Pacific, Europe, and all around the world here in Orlando. This bodes well for the industry and the coming year for the industry. There’s a lot of positivity.”

Gerardo Arteaga, 2014 IAAPA First Vice Chair, Executive Director, Fantasilandia
“I’ve seen a lot of people on the floor, and everybody was very pleased. We brought 15 people from our company and everybody’s found something different that’s interesting to them. It’s been a great week.”

Jim Reid-Anderson, Chairman, President, and CEO, Six Flags Entertainment
“The Expo provides an excellent forum to share best practices and celebrate the industry we all love so much."

Kim Schaefer, CEO, Great Wolf Resorts
“IAAPA Attractions Expo is a great week filled with positive energy and conversation. This year, everyone was engaged and excited about the future and our industry. As I walk the show floor, I love seeing how technology continues to be incorporated more and more into so many entertainment offerings.”

Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive, Ocean Park Corporation
“I’m overwhelmed by the size of the show and the mix of products—there’s a great variety. This is a member-driven organization, and I feel we need to give back to the association anything we can because we get a lot from it.”

Quotes from Exhibitors
Jeff Hudson, President, Skee Ball Inc.
“Our show’s been awesome. There are buyers of quantity and quality, and they’re energetic. They’re looking for new product, and they’re buying.”

Charlotte P.T. van Etten, Account Manager, Vekoma
“We had a lot of appointments, but the walk-ins were incredible. The show looks great, educational seminars have been great, and we’re happy in Orlando. From what I’ve heard on the floor, everyone has been very busy.”

Christian Angenvoort, Vice President Marketing and Sales, Theming and Animatronics Industries S.A. (TAA)
“This has been the best IAAPA show ever. We are extremely satisfied with our existing clients, potential new clients, and discussing future projects.”
TAA sold its pirate ship-themed booth two years ago directly off the show floor; that occurred once again in 2013, as TAA sold its catapult-themed booth to Lagoon Park in Utah. “I think it’s great that the booth we made can now give pleasure to people in the park.”

Jack Mendes, President, BSR Group
“We had a very, very good week. Great attendance, great interest, and the mood of the attendees—their willingness to purchase things—has been a lot better than we’ve seen some years. We’re going to come out of here with a real good show."