March 19, 2010
Networking Events to Connect Attractions Industry Leaders
at Asian Attractions Expo 2010
Alexandria, Virginia (United States) – More than 3,000 attractions industry professionals will gather July 13 – 16 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2010, to connect with and learn from colleagues about the latest trends, products, and services. The Expo, which is produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), will provide several opportunities for attractions operators, government officials, and manufacturers and suppliers to network under one roof at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and other, less formal venues, such as area restaurants and attractions.
“As the attractions industry in Asia continues to grow, Asian Attractions Expo becomes even more important as a valuable networking event,” said Charles Bray, President and CEO of IAAPA. “The show is a great place for members to connect with key players in the industry, see what advancements are being made in the global market, and look for ways to drive their business.”
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Above: Expo participants network at AAE 2009. More high-res images can be downloaded from the AAE 2010 Press information page.
Networking events planned for AAE 2010 will include:
Wednesday, July 14
- The Opening Reception will be the celebratory kick-off to the week where attendees can connect with peers. Supported by Silver Sponsor Arihant Industrial Corporation, the event takes place at Aquaria, a 60,000-square-foot underground aquarium located within the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the world-class, next-generation commercial aquarium, while enjoying local cuisine and drinks. The event is free for Expo participants.
- Later Wednesday evening, the Young Professional’s Reception at 7atenine restaurant will provide an environment for up-and-coming industry leaders to share their experiences and meet key industry leaders within IAAPA and the Asian region. The event is free for Expo participants.
Thursday, July 15
- On Thursday evening, Expo participants are invited to experience Sunway Lagoon like never before. Guests will enjoy a tropical-themed dinner and reception at the waterpark with entertainment and dancing on the beach. The 88-acre facility is comprised of the Wild West-themed park; Extreme Park with all-terrain vehicles and paintball games; the Waters of Africa waterpark; Wildlife Park, which features exotic animals; and Scream Park, which includes scare shows and a 3D “Terror Tunnel.” Ticket price US$50; due upon registration.
Friday, July 16
- To wrap up the Expo week, IAAPA will host two post-show visits to Genting Highlands Resort, 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur, where attendees can gain exclusive insight into the components of the park through a tour of the facility, dinner, and resort accommodations. The resort consists of the First World Indoor Theme Park and a waterpark with a heated splash pool. Its signature attractions include Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, the “Flying Coaster” hang-gliding ride, “X-Pedition” climbing wall, and Snow World, an indoor manmade snow house.
Package options are as follows:
The day-trip consists of transportation between KLCC and Genting, one buffet dinner at the Coffee Terrace restaurant, and an indoor and outdoor tour of the park. Ticket price US$55; due upon registration.
The overnight stay-package includes transportation between KLCC and Genting, a ride on the “Genting Skyway,” accommodations at the First World Hotel, a buffet dinner and breakfast, as well as an indoor and outdoor tour of the park. Ticket price: US$75 per person for guests sharing a room with two twin beds. US$95 per person for single rooms. Ticket price due upon registration.
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Above: Genting Highlands Resort; Sunway Lagoon. More high-res images can be downloaded from the AAE 2010 Press information page.
More information on these events and details for registration are available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/asian.
About Asian Attractions Expo 2010
Since 1997, Asian Attractions Expo has been the premier event for the multibillion-dollar leisure and attractions industry in Asia. Organizers anticipate more than 3,000 professionals from amusement and theme parks, waterparks, zoos, aquariums, museums, family entertainment centers, casinos, and resorts will participate in the annual event to develop and purchase new attractions and products for their facilities, see what’s new in the industry, learn best practices, and network with colleagues.
During the event, more than 150 exhibitors from 25 countries will come to Kuala Lumpur to showcase innovative products in more than 100 categories, including amusement and theme park rides; architectural and design services; coin-operated games, skill games, and redemption prizes; theatrical productions; and maintenance services and equipment. AAE is co-hosted by the Malaysian Association of Amusement Themepark & Family Attractions (MAATFA) and the Australian Amusement Leisure and Recreation Association (AALARA). More information can be found at www.IAAPA.org/expos/asian.
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded more than 90 years ago, 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. IAAPA maintains offices in Europe, Latin America, and North America. To learn more, visit www.IAAPA.org.
Downloadable images for the Expo are available online in the AAE 2010 Press information page.
IAAPA Press Office: +1 703/299-5127
Colleen Mangone: cmangone@IAAPA.org
David Mandt: dmandt@IAAPA.org
Marion Hixon: mhixon@IAAPA.org