IAAPA Expo Asia 2019 Returns to Shanghai, China, 11-14 June
May 14, 2019

SHANGHAI, China (9 May 2019) --( ASIA TODAY )-- IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, hosted a press conference today of IAAPA Expo Asia 2019 (formerly Asian Attractions Expo), as IAAPA executive, attractions industry leaders, and industry media gather to preview the Expo. Scheduled to take place 11-14 June 2019 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, IAAPA Expo Asia is returning to Shanghai, China for the first time since 2016.

More than 8,500 global amusement park and attractions industry professionals from more than 60 countries and regions will gather to buy, learn, and network at the largest international conference and trade show for the multibillion-dollar attractions industry in Asia. The 13,000-net-square-meter trade show floor will feature innovations from more than 400 exhibiting companies displaying the latest products and services designed to help attractions and leisure industry professionals make new connections and grow their businesses.

“We are excited to return to Shanghai for IAAPA Expo Asia,” said June Ko, executive director and vice president of IAAPA Asia Pacific Operations. “Attendees will experience the largest trade show floor in this event’s history. We’ve expanded the conference with more networking events, a robust education conference, and developed new opportunities for students and young professionals to learn more about the attractions industry. IAAPA Expo Asia is the place where the global attractions industry comes together to connect, learn, and grow.”

During a preview of IAAPA Expo Asia, attractions industry leaders shared market insights and the latest culture and tourism developments in Shanghai. Speakers included:
• Joe Schott, president and general manager, Shanghai Disney Resort
• Luke Riley, chairman, IAAPA Asia Pacific Advisory Committee; IAAPA Board Member; and senior vice president, International Development, Village Roadshow
• June Ko, executive director and vice president of IAAPA Asia Pacific Operations

Education Conference Program
The Education program at IAAPA Expo Asia takes place over four days of the conference, where attendees can take part in more than 10 general education sessions on a wide range of topics including facility operations, marketing, public relations and communications, entertainment, government relations, security and safety, information technology, food and beverage, merchandise and games, human resources, and more.

Special Events and Networking Opportunities
Attendees can take part in exclusive special events during IAAPA Expo Asia:
• Opening Ceremony at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (12 June)
• Opening Night Reception at Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park (12 June)
• Leadership Breakfast Featuring Joe Schott, president and general manager, Shanghai Disney Resort (13 June)
• Lunch and Learn: Building A Successful Global Entertainment Business Featuring Michael Croaker, head of entertainment, Village Roadshow Theme Parks (13 June)

• Operators’ Reception (13 June)
• Young Professionals Reception at The Shanghai Dungeon (13 June)
• (4) exclusive EDUTours to Hello Kitty Shanghai Times; Shanghai Natural History Museum; Safety and Environmental Affairs at Shanghai Disney Resort; and Food and Beverage, Safety, and Service at Shanghai Disney Resort.

Registration Now Open for Press and Attendees
Press registration to attend and cover IAAPA Expo Asia is now open. Members of the press can apply for credentials online at:www.IAAPA.org/expos/iaapa-expo-asia/press
To register for IAAPA Expo Asia, visit www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAExpoAsia.

About IAAPA Expo Asia
Since 1997, IAAPA Expo Asia (formerly Asian Attractions Expo) has been the premier international event for the multibillion-dollar leisure and attractions industry in the Asia Pacific region. IAAPA Expo Asia takes place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China 11-14 June, and includes an 13,000-net-square-meter trade show floor, a comprehensive industry education program, networking events, and visits to some of the region's premier attractions. More than 8,500 attractions industry professionals from more than 60 countries and regions will participate in the 2019 event. @IAAPAHQ #IAAPAShanghai

IAAPA is a diverse and dynamic community of global attractions professionals. As the largest international trade association for permanently located attractions, IAAPA unifies the attractions community, connects people to learn and grow together, and strives to promote the highest professional standards for excellence and safety around the world.

Founded in 1918, IAAPA represents more than 6,000 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 100 countries and regions. Members include professionals from amusement parks, theme parks, attractions, water parks, resorts, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, museums, manufacturers, and suppliers.

The association's global headquarters and North America office are located in Orlando, Florida, US. IAAPA also maintains offices in Brussels, Belgium; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Mexico City, Mexico; and Alexandria, Virginia, US. To learn more, visitwww.IAAPA.org or connect through social media channels: @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA.

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Media Contacts:
PressOffice@IAAPA.org or +1 703/299-5127
Susan Storey: SStorey@IAAPA.org or +1 321/319-7615
Lesley Harris: LHarris@IAAPA.org or +1 321/319-7616
Vivian Yu: vivian.yu@baobab-tree-event.com

In Chinese:
Hailey Mo: hailey.mo@baobab-tree-event.com

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