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25 Sep 2018
EAS 2018: Dutch politician Mona Keijzer opens Euro Attractions Show

Mona Keijzer, state of secretary for the Department of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands, was on hand for the launch of this year's European Attractions Show (EAS) - the largest in the event's history.

Taking place at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in Amsterdam, Keijzer welcomed the more than 12,000 people expected to attend this week's show, saying that EAS and its IAAPA members were "enabling people to have fun", also calling the event "the ultimate show and tell".

"I feel like a child in a candy shop," said Keijzer. "We've never seen an attractions event of this scale in the Netherlands."

Travelling from locations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and beyond, visitors from more than 100 countries have come to Amsterdam, with 525 exhibitors showcasing their offerings over the next three days. This year’s conference also features the largest education programme in EAS history, with a wide variety of learning opportunities on offer across every attractions sector.

"You all work in a business created to make people smile and not many people can say that," said Keijzer.

"As outsiders we don't often see all of the work that goes into giving people a good time. We don't think about things like safety measures, but it's something that you work on all year round.

"IAAPA has provided a platform to discuss these things for 100 years now. From amusement parks to zoos, I congratulate you all on organising a century of serious fun."

Keijzer, who took up her position in 2017, added that despite its relatively small size, more than 22 million people visit attractions in the Netherlands each year. The Netherlands also offers a strong manufacturing pedigree, with companies such as rollercoaster specialists Vekoma among the world's elite.

"The Netherlands is small country, but it has a lot of amusement parks and attractions that greatly benefit our economy," she said.

"Attractions are in the business of making memories. I'll never forget the ones I had as a child, whether that was at a small playground or a giant amusement park. Ideas will be presented over the next few days that will create new memories for the next generation. I wish you a great EAS and good business in the future."

Check back with Attractions Management during the week for all the latest breaking news coming from EAS 2018.


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14 Feb 2019
IAAPA winter forum addresses crisis issues
Crisis management and public relations were mixed with water and wildlife as more than 60 attractions industry professionals from 14 countries attended trade association IAAPA’s EMEA Winter Forum in the Canary Islands, Spain, at the end of January 2019.
14 Feb 2019
Speakers announced for Women in Wellness event
The Women in Wellness Leadership Conference, set to take place on 12 March in New York City, has announced a host of speakers designed to motivate attendees and galvanise them to take charge of their careers and lead with confidence.
11 Feb 2019
AEG Facilities and SMG merge to create global venue management business
AEG Facilities and SMG has revealed plans to merge, creating a standalone global facility management and venue services company that will operate as ASM Global.
11 Feb 2019
Tokyo 2020 medals to be made from salvaged metals from recycled electronic devices
All medals at the Tokyo 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made from recycled electronic devices – such as discarded mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops and other handheld devices.
08 Feb 2019
Seven sports secure UK Sport funding to help with Tokyo 2020 plans
Seven sports will receive extra funding to support their plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
08 Feb 2019
Bryan Williams to receive the ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award
Dr Bryan Williams will be the recipient of the 2019 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award. Williams is an international speaker and author who first spoke to ISPA members in 2006 and focuses on service excellence and leadership effectiveness.
05 Feb 2019
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31 Jan 2019
2021 Rugby League World Cup venues revealed – Old Trafford to host finals day
Old Trafford in Manchester will host the "finals day" of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup (RLWC2021).
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