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09 Nov 2018
IAAPA 2018: 35,000 gather in Orlando for record-breaking attractions expo

More than 35,000 buyers, suppliers and representatives of the attractions sector from more than 100 countries are heading to Orlando, Florida, ahead of this year's IAAPA Attractions Expo, which is set to break records once again as the organisation celebrates its centenary year.

Hosted inside the Orange County Convention Centre, the Expo gets into full swing on 13 November, with the event's opening ceremony. The conference starts a day earlier on 12 November, with Monday entirely dedicated to education sessions.

Showcasing more than 1,100 exhibiting companies, the trade show floor will be the largest in IAAPA history, with more than 52,000sq m (560,000sq ft) of exhibition space. For the first time in Expo history, the show floor will extend beyond the walls of the convention centre into outdoor structures created just for the event. Dubbed the “Exploration Station,” this area creates new exhibit space for over 100 companies exhibiting at IAAPA for the first time.

Alongside its vast show floor, IAAPA offers a programme of more than 100 educational sessions and presentations by leading operators on industry trends, new technology, marketing and communications, entertainment, government relations, safety and security, food and beverage, games and merchandise, facility operations, human resources, and more.

This year’s keynote speaker is Disney’s Parks and Resorts chair Bob Chapek, who will talk at the GM and Owners’ Breakfast on 14 November, offering insight into his more than 25 years of leadership at the global entertainment giant.

IAAPA will be celebrating 100 years in style, as Universal Studios Florida hosts a special event on 15 November. Open only to IAAPA attendees, the week's major networking session will feature a special music set performed by Canadian rock band the Barenaked Ladies.

The expo is the world’s largest conference and trade show for the attractions industry, which has an estimated US$360bn (€315bn, £275bn) global economic impact. The conference takes place from 12-15 November and the trade show from 13-16 November.

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


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16 Jan 2019
Feliciano-Chon, Soma named co-chairs of 2019 GWS
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has named Catherine Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Tokyo-based spa/wellness investor and entrepreneur Yoriko Soma to co-chair the 2019 Summit, which is set to take place 15-17 October a the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
14 Jan 2019
Bids are in for 2026 Winter Olympic Games – Stockholm and Milan to contest two-horse race
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received official submission from two bid teams for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
10 Jan 2019
Former Questex employees launch new hosted buyer event
Monica Helmstetter and Lucy Hugo, formerly of Questex Media, have announced the launch of a new event company this week, We Work Well Inc, which they describe as “the next generation of hosted buyer events”.
20 Dec 2018
ActiveLab attracts record number of international applications
A record number of international startups have entered the ActiveLab accelerator programme – strengthening the UK's reputation as a fitness tech hub.
17 Dec 2018
US to have professional T20 cricket competition 'by 2021'
USA Cricket plans to set up a professional T20 cricket league in the country by 2021.
12 Dec 2018
FIBO and Leisure Media announce collaboration
FIBO Global Fitness, organiser of the FIBO portfolio of fitness shows, has announced a partnership with global publisher, Leisure Media.
11 Dec 2018
Sector leaders call for 'preventative health push' to get people more active
Physical activity sector leaders, parliamentarians and leading figures in health and business have called for the strengthening of preventative health measures in the UK.
05 Dec 2018
Inaugural FIBO USA kicks off in Florida, challenging IHRSA Convention
The first ever FIBO USA kicks off in Orlando, Florida today (5 December 2018), directly challenging the established IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show.
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15-17 Jan 2019
EAG International
ExCel London Exhibition Centre
London
15-17 Jan 2019
Visitor Attraction Expo
ExCel London Exhibition Centre
London
United Kingdom
16-17 Jan 2019
Museum Connections
Porte de Versailles
Paris
France
22-24 Jan 2019
BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME)
Harrogate Convention Centre
Harrogate
United Kingdom
28-29 Jan 2019
Facilities Management Forum
Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted
Stansted
United Kingdom
29-31 Jan 2019
The Pool & Spa Show
The Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City
United States
29-31 Jan 2019
Spatex 2019
Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena
Coventry
United Kingdom
24-25 Feb 2019
International Manufacturers & Distributors Forum
ExCeL
London
United Kingdom
24-25 Feb 2019
Active Wellness
ExCeL London
London
United Kingdom
24-25 Feb 2019
World Spa & Wellness Convention London
ExCeL London
London
United Kingdom
24-25 Feb 2019
Professional Beauty London
ExCeL London
London
United Kingdom
27-28 Feb 2019
Quest/NBS & CIMSPA Conference
Chesford Grange
Kenilworth
United Kingdom
04-06 Mar 2019
International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF)
Hotel InterContinental
Berlin
Germany
07-09 Mar 2019
(IWF Shanghai 2019) Int'l Health, Wellness, Fitness Expo
Shanghai New International Expo Center
Shanghai
China
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