Leaders of World's Theme Parks, Water Parks, Zoos, and Aquariums Gather to
Preview New Rides and Technology at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 13, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --New roller coasters, water
slides, midway games, and emerging technology to entertain guests are among
the buzz topics at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 underway through Nov. 16 in
The Expo is the largest annual conference and trade show of the $24 billion
global theme park and attractions industry, converting the Orange County
Convention Center into a dazzling marketplace of midway-style thrills that may
arrive soon at favorite destinations worldwide.
IAAPA Attractions Expo attendees test amusement rides, games, food, and fun
showcased by 1,160 exhibitors from six continents. Companies specializing in
ride and attraction design, theming, ticketing, technology, zip lines, and
more fill a half-million square feet of exhibition space.
Representing 100 nations, approximately 25,000 professionals from the world's
top amusement parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, family
entertainment centers, casinos, and resorts are on site to network and learn
about new trends and innovations for 2013 and beyond.
The Expo features 80 education sessions and behind-the-scenes tours of
Orlando's popular destinations including Busch Gardens Tampa, Fun Spot USA,
Legoland Florida, Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World Resort, Gaylord Palms
Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Studios Florida.
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 includes a keynote presentation by Six Flags
Entertainment Corp. Chairman, President, and CEO James Reid-Anderson.
Participants will also learn from industry executives, including Herschend
Family Entertainment President & CEO Joel Manby; Great Wolf Resorts Inc.
President & CEO Kim Schaefer; Texas State Aquarium President & CEO Tom Schmid;
Liseberg President & CEO Andreas Andersen; Palace Entertainment President &
CEO Fernando Eiroa; Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. President & CEO Matt Ouimet;
Tom Mehrmann, CEO of Ocean Park Corp. of Hong Kong; and Walt Disney
Imagineering/Epcot legend Marty Sklar.
IAAPA recognizes the attractions industry's best of the best during an Academy
Award-style celebration – The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards – honoring excellence
and creativity in marketing, HR, live entertainment, food and beverage, new
products and more.
The Expo is presented by the International Association of Amusement Parks and
Attractions (IAAPA). The event is closed to the public, with media invited to
attend. Details, photos, and phone interviews with exhibitors are available to
localize reports. Follow IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 on Twitter via @IAAPAHQ
or #IAAPA, with more information online at www.IAAPA.org or by calling
703/299-5127 or 678/358-7476.
SOURCE International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
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