IAAPA has announced that IAAPA Expo Asia 2021 will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) in Shanghai, China, from 10 -13 August. The event was scheduled to take place in Macao in June 2021, however, the association has made the decision to change the date and location in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“IAAPA’s role has always been to help members meet, do business, and learn from each other,” says Hal McEvoy, President and CEO, IAAPA.
“It is more important than ever we provide such opportunities in a safe manner, at the right time, in the right location. After careful review and with significant input from our team, members, exhibitors, and the IAAPA Board of Directors, the decision has been made to relocate IAAPA Expo Asia 2021 to Shanghai, China.”
Health and safety is a priority
“Given the continued uncertainties impacting travel – international and domestic – we believe the relocation and event date change will provide more opportunity for exhibitors and attendees to participate,” adds McEvoy.
The event will launch on Tuesday 10 August will a full conference day, which will then be followed by three days of educational sessions, special events and networking opportunities, as well as a full tradeshow floor.
“The health and safety of our members and our team remains our top priority,” says McEvoy. “While it is hard to believe we are still working through effects of the global pandemic, we are encouraged by news that the initial vaccines are being administered in locations around the world.
“We know it’s going to take time and the phases of recovery will vary by region, but we are optimistic about the outlook for our industry. During IAAPA Expo Asia we will follow safety guidelines and operational procedures recommended by global and health authorities, and event industry experts. We look forward to returning to Shanghai for IAAPA Expo Asia, and once again bringing the global attractions industry together.”
IAAPA Expo Asia has been the attractions industry’s leading event in the region. Those exhibitors currently contracted for Macao should contact the IAAPA Global Sales Team. Industry manufacturers, suppliers, and consultants can also book exhibit space for IAAPA Expo Europe 2021 in Barcelona in September and IAAPA Expo 2021 in Orlando in November. Attendee registration for these events will open in the spring.
At the IAAPA Expo: Virtual Education Conference in November 2020, the association inducted Tony Baxter, Greg Hale, and Mats Wedin into the IAAPA Hall of Fame.