The official word from the IAAPA office, as the annual trade show closed on Friday at the Orange County Convention Centre, Orlando, was very positive.


The organisation cited 36,882 registered attendees, including 25,561 qualified buyers representing 11,869 buying companies and 1,077 exhibitors. The attendees came from 104 different countries.

“We set out this year to bring a fresh and innovative expo experience to showcase the best of the attractions industry and we certainly accomplished that,” said Michael Shelton, executive director and vice president for IAAPA North America. “We welcomed more than 36,000 attendees, filled more than 518,000sq.ft of exhibit space and presented more than 100 on-site educational sessions. The speakers and content presented along with the largest trade show in the industry surely inspired all who attended.”