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New Facility Tours and Networking Opportunities Highlight AAE 2013

Marine Life Park, Legoland Malaysia, Puteri Harbour Family Theme Parks, and Universal Studios Singapore Among Event Destinations

(March 27, 2013) – Tours of brand-new facilities, exciting receptions, engaging forums, and other exclusive casual and professional networking opportunities await more than 5,000 attractions industry professionals from more than 60 countries at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2013, 4 – 7 June, in the Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore.

This year’s four-day schedule of special networking events includes a reception at recently opened Marine Life Park and behind-the-scenes tours of other new parks such as Legoland Malaysia and Puteri Harbour Family Theme Parks. Guests will also experience a behind-the-scenes tour of Universal Studios Singapore, which has debuted two new attractions in the past year and a half.

“Asian Attractions Expo 2013 is the premier venue to connect with leaders of the attractions industry in Asia,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland. “Whether you are a supplier or an attractions operator, the connections you make at this year’s Expo can be the key to your success in the rapidly growing Asian attractions market.”

AAE 2013 will kick-off with the Opening Night event at the new, multi-attraction Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa. Reception attendees will make business connections while experiencing S.E.A. Aquarium, one of the world’s largest oceanariums, and Adventure Cove Waterpark.

Attendees can also network as they tour the 76-acre Legoland Malaysia and Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, the Little Big Club, and Lat’s Place – owned by Puteri Harbour Family Theme Parks. Universal Studios Singapore will open exclusively to AAE 2013 participants before guests arrive for a behind-the-scenes tour of the park’s newest additions, “Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle” and “Sesame Street: Spaghetti Space Chase.”

In addition, owners, CEOs, directors, and managers will sit side-by-side while listening to IAAPA Leadership Breakfast keynote speaker Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park Corp., as he discusses the leadership traits and core values he draws upon as an industry executive.

Meanwhile, the Young Professionals Forum enables attractions industry professionals under the age of 35 to meet one another, establish business relationships, and learn from industry veterans, including Franceen Gonzales, Vice President, Risk Management, Great Wolf Resorts and Shaun McKeogh, Director of Human Resources and Training, Management Resources & ProFun Management Group.

A complete AAE 2013 event schedule, event descriptions, and ticket prices are available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/asian-attractions-expo-2013/special-events.

Information regarding AAE 2013 registration is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/asian-attractions-expo-2013/registration-travel

Post-Event Tour
AAE 2013 networking opportunities continue after the Expo with the post-event tour of Bali Safari and Marine Park, 8-10 June. The tour will provide an in-depth look into the park's mission of conservation, education, and recreation. Participants will experience shows, guided tours, and view more than 50 animal species, including Sumatran elephants, Sumatran tigers, white tigers, leopards, and cheetahs.

Registration for the post-event tour to Bali, Indonesia, is separate from AAE 2013. The fee includes two nights lodging, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners; however, airfare is not included in the cost. Additional information is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/asian-attractions-expo-2013/registration-travel.

About Asian Attractions Expo 2013
Since 1997, Asian Attractions Expo has been the premier international event for the multibillion-dollar leisure and attractions industry in the Asia-Pacific region. Attractions industry professionals representing theme parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, family entertainment centers, casinos, and resorts from more than 60 countries are expected to participate in the 2013 event. The 6,000-square-meter trade show floor will showcase products and services offered by more than 250 companies from 30 countries in more than 100 product categories, including amusement and theme park rides; architectural and design services; coin-operated games, skill games, and redemption prizes; and food and beverage.

Event sponsors include The Producers Group, Forrec Ltd, Jack Rouse Associates, Vekoma Rides, and Mack Rides GmbH & Co. Information about sponsorship opportunities is available by contacting Brian Skepton at bskepton@IAAPA.org.   

To view a video regarding Asian Attractions Expo 2013, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCtwG65l7ew&feature=youtu.be

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. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong.


Please note: Asian Attractions Expo 2013 is only open to attractions industry professionals and approved press. It is not open to the general public. Only registrants wearing an event badge will be allowed on the trade show floor.

Editor’s Note: Images of the trade show venue and scheduled speakers as well as press registration information can be found at www.IAAPA.org/expos/asian-attractions-expo-2013/press.

Contact Information
IAAPA Press Office: +1 703/299-5127
Colleen Mangone: cmangone@IAAPA.org
David Mandt: dmandt@IAAPA.org
In Hong Kong
Andrew Lee: alee@IAAPA.org