Attractions Management Issue 2 2017

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Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, provides the backdrop for the upcoming trade show

AsiAn AttrActions Expo The Asian edition of IAAPA’s trade show returns to Singapore this June. Here’s what to expect from the show - plus, news from a selection of exhibitors


he 2017 Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) is heading back to Singapore’s stunning Marina Bay Sands this June, and will offer attendees the chance to participate in a variety of educational programs and seminars. The sessions are designed to help operators and industry professionals share best practices and get up to speed with the latest developments in safety standards, using IPs, revenue generation, and the latest in innovations and technologies. Since 2013, when Singapore last hosted AAE, the show has increased in size and stature, indicative of the growth of the attractions industry in the AsiaPacific region. Attendance at attractions in the region has increased from 367 million visitors in 2013 to more than 418 million visitors in 2015, and is predicted to reach 595 million by 2020, according to IAAPA’s Global Theme and Amusement Park Outlook Report. On the educators conference bill are Mike Barclay, group CEO at Mandai Park Holdings; Jean-Christophe Canizares, CEO at ECA2; Neva Heaston, director of revenue operations at Wild Wadi


NEED TO KNOW What: Asian Attractions Expo 2017 When: 13-16 June 2017 Where: Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore How much: $69 - $149 Register: Tweet: @IAAPAHQ #AAE17

Waterpark; Thomas Megna, president of TEA Asia-Pacific; Tom Mehrmann, founder and CEO at Themed Advisors Limited, and Ron James, chief theming creative director at Wanda, to name just a few. The IAAPA Safety Institute and the IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers will also be taking place. All educational offerings at AAE can be used as credits by those seeking IAAPA Certification. AAE 2017 expects to welcome 8,000 attendees, and more than 300 global exhibitors across the 10,000sqm of trade show floor. There will be a variety of networking events and the opportunity to visit some of Singapore’s best attractions. AM 2 2017 ©Cybertrek 2017