Looking at the future of amusement and theme parks
More than 8,500 exhibitors from over 60 countries and regions will gather in Shanghai in June to display the latest innovative products and services in the global amusement park and attractions industry and brainstorm the latest development of the multi-billion-dollar attractions industry in Asia during this year's IAAPA Expo Asia.
The expo hosted by IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in the Pudong New Area between June 11 and 14, with a display area of 13,000 square meters.
More than 10 education sessions covering topics like facility operations, entertainment and performance, security and safety, information technology, food and beverage, and merchandise and games will be held during the expo and education tours to the Shanghai Disney Resort and the Shanghai Natural History Museum will be organized.
Topics will range from the trends and development of theme entertainment in China, innovation of safety management, development of visual media technology and interactive games in team-building and training.
The latest development of virtual reality attractions, water amusement attractions and dynamic simulation equipment will be shown as well.
Representatives from venues such as amusement and theme parks, hotels and resorts, water parks, tourist attractions, museums and science centers, zoos and aquariums, and family entertainment centers will attend the event.
The global attendance at theme and amusement parks hit 1 billion last year, with the Asia Pacific region accounting for 43 percent, followed by North America with 37 percent, according to IAAPA.
That figure is expected to hit 1.3 billion by 2022, with the percentage for Asia Pacific rising to 46 percent.
"Growth in Asia Pacific will be driven by new parks in China and Malaysia over the next five years," said Luke Riley, chairman of IAAPA Asia Pacific Advisory Committee.