Asian Attractions Expo 2018 Marks Successful Event in Hong Kong, China

Asian Attractions Expo 2018 Marks Successful Event in Hong Kong, China

IAAPA Continues Year-Long Centennial Anniversary with Expansive Trade Show Floor, DiverseEducation Conference, and Unique Special Events

HONG KONG, China (8 June 2018) – Hosted by the International Association of AmusementParks and Attractions (IAAPA), Asian Attractions Expo 2018 took place 5-8 June 2018, at theHong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong, China. Preliminary estimatesindicate the Expo attracted more than 9,000 participants, including 6,500 qualified buyers and393 exhibiting companies. Increases in participants, buyers and exhibiting companies from2017’s event in Singapore reflect the strength and the energy of the global attractions industry.The event featured a full trade show floor at 10,224 net square meters


The total number of buyers in attendance from all facets of the attractions and leisure industryrepresents a 27 percent increase from Asian Attractions Expo 2017 in Singapore, and a 7percent increase from 2015 when the Expo was last held in Hong Kong.


“We were excited to bring Asian Attractions Expo 2018 back to Hong Kong. This is the onlyshow IAAPA hosts in Asia and the international representation from exhibiting companies andattendees demonstrated the appeal of the destination, and the strength of the global attractionsindustry,” said Hal McEvoy, interim president and CEO, IAAPA. “It’s been a great Expo andwe’ve enjoyed celebrating IAAPA’s 100 th anniversary with our members and colleagues fromaround the world.


”Michael Wong, JR, Secretary for Development of the Hong Kong KSAR Government addressedExpo participants during the event’s Opening Ceremony, which also included high-energyentertainment and a traditional Chinese mask-changing performance from Chimelong Park,Guangdong, China.


Asian Attractions Expo 2018 by the Numbers

  • 393 companies showcased new and innovative products across 10,224 net squaremeters of space on the trade show floor.
  • Attendance for the education conference was almost 1,600, including 61 participants inthe sold-out IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers and 95 attendees at the sold-outIAAPA Safety Institute.
  • 826 people celebrated IAAPA’s 100 th anniversary at the Opening Night Reception atOcean Park Hong Kong.
  • 341 people attended the sold-out Leadership Breakfast, featuring keynote speaker Dr.Allan Zeman, Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group.
  • 178 people attended the Lunch and Learn event on developing successful ride and showentertainment with virtual reality (VR) and projection mapping technology.
  • 105 people participated in the EDUTour to Ocean Park Hong Kong and 105 peopleparticipated in the EDUTour to Hong Kong Disneyland.


Asian Attractions Expo 2018 sponsors included: accesso, APES Apex Parks & EntertainmentServices, Cartoon Network (Turner International), Cumming Corporation,FODEGRAF, Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc., International Play Company, Jack RouseAssociates, Kraftwerk Living Technologies GmbH, KristallTurm, Meetings & Exhibitions HongKong, PGAV Destinations, Pictureworks Pte Ltd., Polin, ProSlide, San Diego Zoo Global,VAHLE, Vekoma Rides Manufacturing BV, Wartsila and WhiteWater.


Asian Attractions Expo 2019 will be held in Shanghai, China, at the Shanghai New InternationalExpo Centre, 11-14 June 2019, and advance exhibit sales are strong as more than 271companies have already reserved over 10,600 net square meters of space. Exhibitorinformation for the 2019 event is available on the IAAPA website. More detailed information onAAE 2019 will be available in late 2018.



Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the International Association of Amusement Parksand Attractions (IAAPA) began as an advocacy office in 1918. Since that time, IAAPA hasbecome the largest international trade association for permanently located attractions dedicatedto the preservation and prosperity of the global attractions industry. As a non-profit organization,IAAPA represents more than 5,300 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than100 countries. Members include professionals from amusement parks, theme parks, attractions;water parks, resorts; family entertainment centers; zoos, aquariums; science centers, museums;and industry manufacturers and suppliers.


IAAPA helps members improve their efficiency, marketing, safety, and profitability whilemaintaining the highest possible professional standards in the industry worldwide.


The association's global headquarters is in Orlando, Florida, US. The non-profit organizationmaintains offices in Brussels, Belgium; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Mexico City,Mexico; and Alexandria, Virginia, US. To learn more, visit or connect through socialmedia channels: @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA100


Asian Attractions Expo 2018 Quotes from Participants

Steve Bell, Business Solutions Architect, Gateway Ticketing Systems, U.S.

“The show is a good opportunity for us to meet clients within the region and some of our moredominant global clients. We’ve had significant traffic through the booth, so much so that we’veactually had people walk away and come back, because we were often inundated with visitorsto the booth.”


Phil Wilson, Executive Vice President, Extreme Engineering, U.S.

“Since the doors first opened, the flood of traffic that came through on the show floor is justanother testament of how the industry in this region is booming. The interest is overwhelminglyexciting for everyone. The opportunities here are just massive, and it’s great to see the growthduring IAAPA’s 100 th -year anniversary.


”Ron Kim, General Manager, Business Development Group, Sangwha, Korea (South)

“All week had a lot of people waiting to try our latest ride, the Flying Jet. We met severalpotential customers during the show. This event is a great opportunity to meet partners andcustomers, and this benefits our business.”


Leif Arne Petersen, CEO and Founder, Hologate, Germany

“We’re happy to be here. The Asian market is interesting for us. There are a lot of people herefrom Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. The Hong KongConvention and Exhibition Centre has been a great venue as well.’


Sam Wong, Director, Kidgoland, Hong Kong

“I have been an attendee for many years, and I know IAAPA is the place to introduce mycompany to the world. I joined IAAPA this year and we are exhibiting for the first time. I’ve metso many people from all around the world. I have met many potential new clients and see greatopportunity to sell my company’s game module and form partnerships.”


Paul Newman, Director, Newman Entertainment International, Australia

“What’s surprised us this week has been the varied international interest in our product. Thathas already made us think differently about ourselves and what we can do as a company. I feelIAAPA can help take us in a different direction; one we did not expect. Asian Attractions Expo2018 has also been a great networking venue. It’s great to see people collaborating openly andsharing in the excitement.”


Isabel Li, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Hong Kong

“As we prepare to open our own water park at Ocean Park Hong Kong, I was amazed to see allthe equipment available to water park operators! The variety on display is impressive.”


Gino Chan, The International Culinary, Institute, China

“The virtual reality (VR) experiences are great. I have not seen the variety and depth of VRanywhere else. I liked seeing the next generation of VR is on display and so readily available.The exhibitors give you a full experience; it’s not just a few seconds, but an entire show.”


Chris Perry, WhiteWater, Thailand

“The world is becoming smaller. Relationships everywhere are so important. This show crossesborders and helps you to recognize there are many ways to doing things.”