The latest victim to the coronavirus: IAAPA 2020 Expo.
The IAAPA Expo is typically where theme parks and attraction designers showcase their newest technology, projects, blueprins and more. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions represents over 6,000 amusement-industry members in more than 100 countries worldwide and operates several global attractions-industry trade shows. The in-person expo is expected to return in 2021.
“IAAPA Expo serves as the global marketplace for the attractions industry. We recognize this year there are many challenges facing our members from around the world. Together with input from members, exhibitors, the IAAPA Board of Directors and our team, we have decided to cancel this year’s Expo due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The continuing barriers to international and domestic travel coupled with the evolving guidance on mass gatherings, and members’ need to focus on their businesses helped lead to this decision. While we are disappointed we are unable to meet in-person this year, we are already looking ahead to IAAPA Expo 2021 in Orlando. We also appreciate the patience, support and commitment from our dedicated IAAPA Expo exhibitors. The IAAPA team has already pivoted to address finding new ways industry manufacturers and suppliers can connect with their customers to promote their products, discover new trends, and make plans for the future.”Hal McEvoy, president and CEO, IAAPA
For this year, the association is launching a new virtual conference for global attractions industry professionals so that they can take part in many of the education sessions originally planned to take place at IAAPA Expo.