IAAPA Expo 2023 kick off wows in Orlando, attractions industry begins making business deals
Orlando, Florida (November 14, 2023) – The global attractions industry has descended upon Orlando as IAAPA Expo 2023 officially opened its doors at the Orange County Convention Center today. The largest event of its kind, IAAPA Expo brings together industry professionals from around the world to showcase the latest innovations, exchange ideas, and explore new opportunities within the attractions and amusements sector.
This year's IAAPA Expo is set to be a groundbreaking event, with a sold-out trade show floor that boasts an impressive 1,147 exhibitors across more than 550,000 square feet of exhibit space to showcase cutting-edge technology, rides, and experiences that promise to revolutionize the industry. Michael Shelton, executive director and vice president of IAAPA North America, commented on this milestone: “The incredible demand for exhibition space at IAAPA Expo 2023 captures the seriousness of the industry and the dedication to constantly reinvent itself. It’s a direct reflection of the eagerness of our members and exhibitors to be part of an event that sets the stage for the future of attractions. We are thrilled to see the entire trade show floor completely sold out.”
Counting down to the show floor opening at 10 a.m., attendees gathered in the IAAPA Theater sponsored by Simtec Systems, Inc. for a jaw-dropping Opening Ceremony. That kickoff event offered a mix of high-energy entertainment, provided insight into the importance of the week ahead, and set the stage for everything scheduled at IAAPA Expo. Shelton encouraged attendees to “explore the entire nine miles of show floor aisles and the numerous education opportunities Expo offers.”
Innovation is at the forefront of IAAPA Expo 2023, with exhibitors and industry leaders pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the attractions business. “IAAPA Expo is where the magic of innovation happens, and it’s on full display here in Orlando. From groundbreaking rides and entertainment concepts to the latest in guest experience technology, IAAPA Expo is where the industry converges to shape the future,” said Jakob Wahl, president and chief executive officer for IAAPA. “The atmosphere is electric, and we're thrilled to reunite the attractions industry and be the place where inspiration shapes the future of fun.”
IAAPA Expo is not only about innovation and business deals but also about the incredible networking opportunities it provides. Industry professionals from all over the world gather at this annual event, creating a dynamic environment where meaningful connections are forged. With attendees from over 100 countries, the opportunities for collaboration and expansion are limitless. Whether you're a seasoned industry veteran or a newcomer, IAAPA Expo offers a platform to meet, learn, and grow within the attractions sector.
The importance of IAAPA Expo cannot be overstated, as it serves as a catalyst for the future of the attractions industry. The event fosters collaboration, inspires innovation, and creates lasting partnerships that drive the industry forward. IAAPA Expo 2023 promises to be a memorable showcase of the best and brightest in the industry, and its influence will undoubtedly be felt worldwide.
IAAPA is a diverse and dynamic community of global attractions professionals. As the largest international trade association for permanently located attractions, IAAPA unifies the attractions community, connects people to learn and grow together, and strives to promote the highest professional standards for excellence and safety around the world.
Founded in 1918, IAAPA represents leading industry attractions and supplier companies, consultants, and individual members from more than 100 countries. Members include professionals from amusement parks, theme parks, attractions, water parks, resorts, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, museums, cruise lines, manufacturers, and suppliers.
The association’s global headquarters and North America office are in Orlando, Florida, U.S. IAAPA also maintains offices in Brussels, Belgium; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; and, Mexico City, Mexico. Visit IAAPA.org or connect through IAAPA’s social media channels: @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA
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