Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2018 opens in Hong Kong

Asian Attractions Expo 2018 opens in Hong Kong with over 8,000 attractions industry professionals gathered for three days of networking and innovation in the Asia Pacific region.

The Expo is the major international trade show and conference for the attractions industry in the Asia Pacific region. It is being held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

The Expo is hosted by IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) and will run for three days (6-8 June).

Over 300 companies from over 30 countries and regions are exhibiting at Expo 2018 – 81 of them for the first time. The trade show floor area stretches over 9,500 net square meters.

Key international manufacturers and suppliers will be unveiling new products, services, and technology for the first time at the show.

State-of-the-art rides, motion simulators, VR, water attractions, video and skill games will debut, alongside the latest innovations in theming, technology applications, and food-and-beverage concepts.

The Expo is expected to draw well over 8,000 attractions industry professionals from across more than 50 countries and regions.

Michael Wong, JP, Secretary for Development of the HKSAR Government, joined IAAPA’s senior leadership as part of the opening ceremony.

Education sessions from industry leaders

15 education sessions offer in-depth programmes led by leading industry professionals. The sessions will include speakers from, amongst others, Universal Parks & Resorts, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, and Samsung. Key topics will include leadership, advances in technology, and ways to deliver key customer experiences.

The Asia Pacific Spotlight session will put a spotlight on the region’s fast-growing economy. It will look at the latest trends alongside vital topics such as safety, human resources, marketing, and new rides.

The Expo started with a networking reception to celebrate IAAPA’s 100th anniversary. Throughout the week, attractions industry professionals will be able to forge connections and brainstorm ideas with like-minded colleagues.

“We are extremely excited to return to Hong Kong for Asian Attractions Expo,” said Hal McEvoy, interim president and CEO of IAAPA. “This year the association is celebrating our 100th anniversary, and we are proud to serve the growing global attractions industry which has evolved in so many ways over the past century.”

He pointed out that the attractions industry in the Asia Pacific region is “truly thriving” at the moment.

“We look forward to another successful Expo where industry colleagues can continue to learn from one another and establish valuable connections.”

On-site registration is available throughout Asian Attractions Expo 2018. For more information see: www.IAAPA.org/AsianAttractionsExpo.