IAAPA announces speaker line-up for IAAPA Expo Europe 2019

IAAPA, the global trade association for the attractions industry, has announced more details ahead of IAAPA Expo Europe 2019 in Paris. An extensive line up of speakers has been revealed, including world-renowned industry leaders.

Nicolas de Villiers IAAPA Expo Europe

Nicolas de Villiers

IAAPA is pleased to announce the speaker line-up for IAAPA Expo Europe (previously Euro Attractions Show). The expo takes place from 16th – 19th September in Paris, France at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. It is expected to be the largest show in the history of the event, with over 17,500 net square metres of exhibition space.

A comprehensive line-up of industry leaders has been confirmed, who will be sharing their expertise and insights at the event.

Leadership Breakfast and Future Feature

The Leadership Breakfast will be held on 18 September. For this event, Nicolas de Villiers, président of Puy du Fou, will share the successes of the unique attraction. Puy du Fou welcomes more than two million visitors annually and de Villiers directs the staging and oversees the strategy of its unique historical shows and performances. He will also be looking ahead to international expansions for the park.

David Wilson IAAPA Expo Europe

David Wilson

Daniel Delcourt IAAPA Expo Europe

Daniel Delcourt

On the 19th September, Future Feature: The Future of Disneyland Paris takes place. Here, Daniel Delcourt, COO for Disneyland Paris and David Wilson, Walt Disney Imagineering site leader for Disneyland Paris, will explore the future of the resort. Delcourt is the head of more than 13,000 Cast Members and develops the operational strategy for the destination, in order to develop excellent service and quality guest experiences. Wilson leads the design and delivery efforts for all major new attractions and resort projects at Disneyland Paris for Walt Disney Imagineering.

Lunch and Learn

On 17th September, attendees will have the opportunity to hear prominent leaders of European park groups share their insights and perspectives on the French amusement park market. These speakers will also be sharing news about the goals and strategies for their organizations. Speakers at Lunch and Learn: What’s Next for the French Attractions Industry include:

  • François Fassier, director of Leisure Parks Operations at Compagnie des Alpes
  • Laurent Bruloy, président of Looping Group
  • Benoit Chang, CEO of EuropaCity

On 18th September, the Lunch and Learn: Eye on the Middle East and Africa Attractions Industry will feature conversations about the latest developments in the Middle East and Africa regions. Speakers include:

  • Sabine Lehmann, executive director, Attractions Africa
  • Bill Ernest, CEO, Saudi Entertainment Ventures (SEVEN)
  • Bianca Sammut, general manager, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Registration for the event and full information about IAAPA Expo Europe 2019 is available here.

IAAPA recently hosted the record-breaking IAAPA Expo Asia at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Over 11,400 industry professionals from 80 countries attended. This represented a 25% increase in buyers from last year’s expo in Hong Kong.