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IAAPA Wins Prestigious Award for Global Events

For Immediate Release

Association Receives First-of-Its-Kind Award as Asian Attractions Expo and

Euro Attractions Show Continue to Break Records

(May 23, 2014) – On May 21, 2014, during a ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) awarded the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) the first IAEE International Excellence Award in recognition of IAAPA’s exceptional strides in creating, launching, and managing meetings and trade shows around the world. The news comes as IAAPA announces its Asian Attractions Expo and Euro Attractions Show conference and trade shows will break records for the fifth year in a row.

Asian Attractions Expo 2014 takes place in Beijing 17-20 June and features a sold-out and record-setting exhibition floor that will span more than 8,500 net square meters. The event will attract more than 5,000 attractions industry professionals from 60 countries who will meet with more than 300 exhibiting companies and experience the latest products and services being offered to the region. In addition, five-days of educational sessions are offered in both English and Chinese. 

Euro Attractions Show 2014 will take place 23-25 September in Amsterdam and already boasts a record-breaking 9,965-net-square-meter exhibition floor with more than 375 companies displaying innovations in more than 100 different product categories. Euro Attractions Show also offers a robust conference with a comprehensive education program. More than 8,500 attractions industry professionals are expected to attend the event.

IAAPA also produces the largest global conference and trade show for the attractions industry, IAAPA Attractions Expo. More than 27,000 attractions industry professionals from more than 100 countries will learn, connect with colleagues, and conduct business during more than 100 educational and networking opportunities and across 500,000 net square feet of exhibit space filled with innovative products displayed by more than 1,000 exhibiting companies. The 2014 event takes place Nov. 17-21 in Orlando, Florida.

Additional international events hosted by the 96-year-old association include: the IAAPA Institute for Executive Education, the IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers, IAAPA Safety Institute, IAAPA Leadership Conference, IAAPA Latin America Summit, and IAAPA European Spring Forum. These events have recently been held in Brazil, India, Peru, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

“We are sincerely honored to receive this award from IAEE and appreciate the industry’s recognition of our global events. IAAPA’s global exhibitions are hallmarks of our association – they allow members of the attractions industry around the world to experience educational opportunities, network with peers, and discover innovative products, services, and technologies that drive our industry now and in the future,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland. “As our expos and educational events have grown and evolved, they provide opportunities for all IAAPA members, regardless of their region, to benefit from IAAPA’s wide array of initiatives and the learning that takes place throughout the global industry.

“It was a great honor to recognize IAAPA’s accomplishments,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “Their outstanding work across international markets shows just how powerful the exhibitions and events industry is on a global scale.”

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education, and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors, and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely, and innovative education to its members and the industry. www.iaee.com 

Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement parks and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. As a nonprofit organization, IAAPA provides a number of resources for attractions industry professionals including: industry news and information, advocacy services, education, communications services, and expos. 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, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers and resorts. 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. IAAPA’s global headquarters office is located in Alexandria, Virginia. The association has a regional office for Asia Pacific in Hong Kong; for Europe in Brussels; and for Latin America in Mexico City. www.IAAPA.org 


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