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Record Exhibit Floor with Events and Tours Sell Out at Successful 10th Edition of Euro Attractions Show 2013 in Paris

Brussels 30 Sep. 2013 – Euro Attractions Show (EAS) 2013, Europe’s largest trade show and conference for the amusement parks and attractions industry, was held 18 to 20 September in Paris and set records for the size of the exhibit floor, the number of exhibitors, and the number of education programme participants. The three-day event is owned and produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

Record-Breaking Exhibit Floor
A record 393 exhibitors from more than 40 countries participated in EAS 2013, representing a 10 percent increase in the exhibit space over EAS 2012 and marking the largest exhibit floor in the 10-year history of EAS.

“We are more than happy to have participated in the 2013 edition of Euro Attractions Show. In three days, we have reached out to many of our existing but also to many new contacts,” says Benoit Cornet from Belgian supplier Alterface. “EAS is a must for us as we realize here the major part of our turnover.”

Preliminary estimates indicate 8,500 attractions industry professionals, including 5,900 buyers from all over the world participated in the event which was held in Paris at the Porte de Versailles Convention Centre.

Emmanuel Mongon from French supplier Imaginvest: "The attendance was mainly comprised of interested buyers and proved again that rotating the show in different countries is beneficial to attract local professionals. We had much more attendees from all countries in Eastern Europe as before as well as Africa."

Operators of amusement parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, indoor play grounds, casinos, and holiday parks used the trade show to catch up on trends and order new attractions for the summer season 2014 and beyond. They looked at new innovations in a variety of products and services including multi-dimensional cinemas, interactive dark rides and roller coasters with integrated multimedia, ticketing and queuing systems, and integrated theming products.

Sold Out Tours and Special Events
The record exhibit floor was complemented by a vast programme of special events and tours. More than 300 industry professionals toured and studied world-renowned French attractions including Disneyland Paris, Parc Asterix, Puy du Fou, Futuroscope, and the Machines de l’Ile in Nantes.

A special highlight of the week was the IAAPA Safety Institute at Disneyland Paris where experts discussed the latest developments and standards in the fields of safety and accessibility. Participants also benefitted from a behind-the-scenes look at the safety program at one of Europe’s most attended theme parks.

The EAS Opening Reception, took place Wednesday 18 September at the Musée des Arts Forains at Paris-Bercy. A sellout crowd of 1.200 enthusiastic participants enjoyed the evening in the unique setting of historical and operational rides and games from the last century.

President of Euro Disney S.A.S. Philippe Gas delivered the keynote address at the EAS Leadership Breakfast on Thursday 19 September. In front of more than 190 worldwide industry professionals, Gas highlighted the history of the resort, described its contribution to the European attractions industry, and provided a look into the future of Disneyland Paris.

Extensive Conference Programme Highlights Industry’s Trends and Hot Topics
Developed by the IAAPA European Education Sub-Committee, the comprehensive conference programme at EAS 2013 provided more than 20 hours of attractions industry learning provided by some of the most successful leaders in Europe. More than 1.500 attendees, a 25 percent increase over last year’s programme, learned about the latest trends and developments in the European attractions industry and studied key issues of the industry including: new technologies, events, storytelling, investments, sustainability, social media, and the growth of indoor play grounds and water parks.

“We are delighted that EAS has been in Paris this year”, states Sophie Huberson, Managing Director of the French association SNELAC. “Many members of SNELAC came to meet the industry, see new products on the show floor and take advantage of seminars organized by IAAPA Europe. Anything that can help to professionalize and develop the business is important for SNELAC: EAS in France was such a unique opportunity to meet the increasingly demanding needs of our visitors."

EAS Moves to Amsterdam for 2014
Euro Attractions Show 2014 will take place 23 – 25 September at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands. More than 230 companies have already reserved in excess of 7.800 square meter of exhibit space. 

“Euro Attractions Show is for us the ideal event to meet our customers, prospects, but equally see our colleagues and discuss the continuously growing attractions industry”, says Jérôme Giacomoni, CEO of the French exhibitor Aerophile SAS. “We are extremely proud to have participated in the 2013 edition. EAS has enormously developed in terms of exhibitors and attendees. It is definitely a must event for everyone in the attractions industry and we are looking forward to the next edition in Amsterdam.”

Additional information regarding EAS 2014 is available at www.IAAPA.org/EAS. 

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 amusement industry. IAAPA represents more than 4.500 attractions, suppliers, and individual members from more than 90 countries, including 1.000 from Europe. The association’s global headquarters office is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. www.IAAPA.org.

About the Euro Attractions Show (EAS)
The Euro Attractions Show (EAS) is owned and produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), and has evolved into Europe’s largest trade fair dedicated to the attractions industry. EAS is managed by IAAPA’s European operations, under the direction of the IAAPA Europe Advisory Committee and the IAAPA Europe Manufacturers and Suppliers Sub-Committee. 


More information:
Karen Staley, Vice President IAAPA Europe
kstaley@IAAPA.org | www.IAAPA.org/europe