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IAAPA Extends Orlando Expo Agreement through 2025

For Immediate Release

IAAPA Extends Agreement to Host IAAPA Attractions Expo 
in Orlando through 2025
Registration for 2014 Expo Opens Today

(May 27, 2014) – Officials from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Visit Orlando, and the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) today announced a six-year extension of their agreement to host IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando through 2025. Approximately 28,800 people from more than 100 nations participated in IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013. The weeklong event is the largest conference and trade show for the worldwide attractions industry and it generates approximately $51.3 million for the Orlando-area economy. IAAPA officials also announced that registration for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014, which takes place in the Orange County Convention Center Nov. 17-21, is now open.

The new contract represents an extension of IAAPA’s previous agreement to host the Expo in Orlando from 2010 through 2019.

“IAAPA Attractions Expo continues to grow year after year and that’s a testament to the power of Orlando as the ideal location for our global conference and trade show,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland. “The Orange County Convention Center is a best-in-class venue that’s well-suited for our event and our members love coming to Orlando to see what’s new in the industry and in the area’s world-renowned attractions.”

IAAPA officials cited a number of additional reasons for hosting the Expo in Orlando through 2025:

  • Proven Track Record – IAAPA Attractions Expo has continued to grow since it returned to Orlando in 2010.
  • Preferred Location – According to research the association has conducted with both buyers and exhibitors, Orlando is their preferred location for IAAPA Attractions Expo.
  • Ideal Convention Center – The North/South Hall of the Orange County Convention Center has worked well for IAAPA Attractions Expo. The building effectively accommodates the large, tall, and heavy exhibits on a single, ground-level trade show floor. Although the indoor exhibit space sold out in 2013, the floor layout was adjusted to make room for more booths in 2014 and can be fine-tuned further for subsequent years. The OCCC has plenty of meeting rooms to accommodate the more than 100 education sessions, social gatherings, presentations, and other events that take place throughout Expo week.
  • Affordable Worldwide Access – Travel in and out of Orlando is affordable, and the Orlando International Airport is easily accessible from throughout the world. There are accessible ports nearby, making it easier for exhibitors from around the globe to ship their products to the city. Plus, the city offers a wide variety of convenient and affordable hotel options for Expo attendees.
  • Theme Park and Attractions Capital – Orlando is the unofficial capital of the theme park industry, and Expo participants enjoy visiting the region to see what’s new in the parks and attractions in the area.
  • Unique Partnership with Give Kids The World – While in Orlando, IAAPA Attractions Expo participants help raise funds for Give Kids The World (GKTW), a 70-acre, nonprofit resort in Kissimmee that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW has welcomed more than 122,000 families from all 50 United States and more than 74 countries. In 2013, IAAPA Attractions Expo participants raised $113,000 for GKTW. www.gktw.org.

“We are so pleased that IAAPA has selected the Orange County Convention Center and Orlando as their home through 2025," said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “As the number-one tourist destination in the world, it makes great sense for Orlando to host the world’s top amusement park and attractions gathering.”

“As home to seven of the top theme parks in the world plus many other attractions, Orlando is the perfect destination to host the largest international trade show for amusements and attractions,” said George Aguel, president and CEO of Visit Orlando. “Thanks to our world-class meeting facilities, recognized hospitality, and special relationship with IAPPA, we continue to enjoy growth in exhibitors and attendees."

“The Orange County Convention Center is honored to be chosen as a long-term partner for the prestigious IAAPA Attractions Expo,” said Kathie Canning, executive director of the Orange County Convention Center. “We have enjoyed an outstanding relationship with IAAPA and are excited to continue to provide their leadership, exhibitors, and attendees with all of the amenities that our convention center and community have to offer.”

The terms of the agreements between IAAPA and Orlando were not disclosed.

Registration Now Open for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 is the premier conference and trade show for the worldwide amusement park and attractions industry. With its theme “Big Starts Here,” this year’s Expo takes place at the Orange County Convention Center Nov. 17-21. The trade show floor will be open Nov. 18-21. IAAPA Attractions Expo is the global gathering place for attractions industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries who come to the Expo to view the latest innovations, plan for the future, learn from each other, and network. Registration for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 is now open. More information about this year’s conference and trade show is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.

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About Visit Orlando
The Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc., also known as Visit Orlando, is the branding, sales, and marketing organization responsible for positioning Orlando as the destination of choice for leisure and meetings business for the economic benefit of the Orlando region. More information about Orlando as a meeting, convention, and trade show destination is available at www.orlandomeeting.com.

About the Orange County Convention Center
Celebrating more than 30 years of success, the Orange County Convention Center is the second largest convention facility in America. Each year, the OCCC attracts more than 200 events to the Central Florida area. As a result, roughly 1.4 million attendees contribute approximately $2.1 billion to the area's economy each year. www.occc.net.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions worldwide. It was founded in 1918 and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents more than 4,500 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. Member facilities include amusement/theme parks, water parks, attractions, family entertainment centers, arcades, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, and resorts. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. Funds generated by IAAPA’s trade shows and other activities are returned to the association to fund services for its members and the industry. IAAPA’s global headquarters office is located in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices for the Asia-Pacific region in Hong Kong, for Europe in Brussels, and for Latin America in Mexico City. www.IAAPA.org

Editor’s Note - Images: An image of the contract signing is available here.  Caption: Executives from Orange County, Visit Orlando, the Orange County Convention Center, and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) sign agreement for IAAPA Attractions Expo to take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando through 2025. (Pictured are: Orange County Mayor, Teresa Jacobs (seated, left), IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland (seated, right), Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel (standing, left), and Orange County Convention Center Executive Director, Kathie Canning (standing, right).)

Images from IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 are available on request at pressoffice@IAAPA.org.

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

Orange County Convention Center
Gwen Wilson, gwen.wilson@occc.net, +1 407/685-5796