The largest trade show floor in the 21-year history of the IAAPA Expo Asia (formerly Asian Attractions Expo) was one of the highlights during the event’s run in Shanghai, China, last week.
A total of 429 companies from around the globe showcased innovative new products and services across 13,302 net sq.m (34,500 gross sq.m) in the New International Expo Centre.
Preliminary estimates indicate 11,400 industry professionals from 80 countries participated in the show, including 8,100 qualified buyers, a number which represents a 25 per cent increase over last year's expo in Hong Kong.
Speakers and industry experts from 10 countries led sessions on attractions safety, operations, employee engagement, trends and best practices among many subjects.
"IAAPA Expo Asia 2019 exceeded our expectations," said IAAPA president and CEO Hal McEvoy. "Attendees from all over the world came together in Shanghai to discover innovative new ways to grow their businesses."
"We are proud to provide the event for the region," added June Ko, executive director, IAAPA Asia Pacific. "IAAPA hosts world-class events where industry professionals learn from each other and implement these new ideas at their companies, parks and attractions." Next year’s event will be held in Macau, China, from June 8-11. IAAPA reports that more than 250 companies have already reserved over 9,173 net sq.m (23,090 gross sq.m) for the expo.