IAAPA Attractions Expo Sticks with Orlando thru 2025
Orlando is the place to be for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions’ Attractions Expo, with the organization signing on thru 2025 in the sunny Florida destination.
The weeklong event is the largest conference and trade show for the worldwide attractions industry, and it generates approximately $51.3 million for the Orlando-area economy.
“IAAPA Attractions Expo continues to grow year after year and that’s a testament to the power of Orlando as the ideal location for our global conference and trade show,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland.
He added, “The Orange County Convention Center is a best-in-class venue that’s well-suited for our event and our members love coming to Orlando to see what’s new in the industry and in the area’s world-renowned attractions.”
The new contract represents an extension of IAAPA’s previous agreement to host the show in Orlando from 2010 through 2019.
IAAPA officials cited a number of reasons for hosting the Expo in Orlando through 2025:
Proven Track Record – IAAPA Attractions Expo has continued to grow since it returned to Orlando in 2010.
Preferred Location – According to research the association has conducted with both buyers and exhibitors, Orlando is their preferred location for IAAPA Attractions Expo.
Theme Park and Attractions Capital – Orlando is the unofficial capital of the theme park industry, and Expo participants enjoy visiting the region to see what’s new in the parks and attractions in the area.
Ideal Convention Center – The North/South Hall of the Orange County Convention Center has worked well for IAAPA Attractions Expo. The building effectively accommodates the large, tall, and heavy exhibits on a single, ground-level trade show floor. Although the indoor exhibit space sold out in 2013, the floor layout was adjusted to make room for more booths in 2014 and can be fine-tuned further for subsequent years. The OCCC has plenty of meeting rooms to accommodate the more than 100 education sessions, social gatherings, presentations, and other events that take place throughout Expo week.
“The Orange County Convention Center is honored to be chosen as a long-term partner for the prestigious IAAPA Attractions Expo,” said Kathie Canning, executive director of the Orange County Convention Center.
She added, “We have enjoyed an outstanding relationship with IAAPA and are excited to continue to provide their leadership, exhibitors, and attendees with all of the amenities that our convention center and community have to offer.”
The terms of the agreements between IAAPA and Orlando were not disclosed.