IAAPA Expo 2022: a brilliant success15 December 2022
/ Educational sessions, in-person networking, and an expansive exhibit space dedicated to the global attractions industry and its future /
Held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from Nov. 14 to 18, IAAPA Expo 2022 concluded with 36,882 registered attendees, including 25,561 qualified buyers representing 11,689 buying companies, and 1,077 exhibiting companies. IAAPA Expo attendees represented 104 different countries.
“We set out this year to bring a fresh and innovative Expo experience to showcase the best of the attractions industry and we certainly accomplished that,” said Michael Shelton, executive director and vice president for IAAPA North America. “We proudly welcomed more than 36,000 attendees, filled more than 48,000 square meters of exhibit space and presented more than 100 on-site educational sessions. The incredible speakers and content presented along with the largest trade show in the industry surely inspired all who attended.”
This year’s attendance was some 30% more than 2021, confirming that the one in Orlando is the global attraction industry’s leading international event for industry experts across a range of businesses, from amusement and theme parks, zoos and aquariums, FECs, historic and cultural tourist attractions, museums and science centers to shopping malls, cruise lines, hotels, and retailers.
The size of this year’s show versus 2021 also confirms the strength of the industry. “I can say the attractions industry continues to build on its recovery and IAAPA Expo 2022 is the place to share news, meet new potential business partners, and connect in a way that can only happen at an IAAPA event,” said Shelton.
Although the doors just closed on this year’s event, plans for IAAPA Expo 2023 are underway already. IAAPA Expo 2023 will take place in Orlando Nov. 13-17. Advance exhibit sales are strong with 227 exhibitors reserving 11,800 square meters of contracted booth space so far.
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