(eap) IAAPA Expo Europe, Europe’s leading trade fair for the leisure industry, kicks off today at the Vienna Exhibition & Congress Center, where industry professionals and executives will gather until Thursday (Sept 28) this week to present innovations, launch new projects and exchange ideas. According to IAAPA, the organizer of the annual trade show, which is held at different locations throughout Europe, a total of 638 exhibitors are registered, while on the visitor side, some 15,000 industry professionals are expected to attend this year’s event. Away from the show floor, trade show participants will have the opportunity to take part in keynotes, panel discussions and seminars on important industry topics.
Also, an exclusive industry auction will take place on Wednesday, September 26 at 11 a.m. in the press conference room, where unique experiences and items will be auctioned off, such as a guided tour of the Mack Rides factory including a visit to Franz Mack’s (†) private house, a stay at Liseberg’s new Grand Curiosa Hotel, and a retired “Eurosat” coaster car from Europa-Park. After the end of the event, there will also be an online auction where fans from all over the world can bid. With the proceeds, the IAAPA Foundation aims at supporting young industry talents, e.g. with scholarships.
“IAAPA Expo Europe is full of innovation and creativity. This is what the leisure and amusement industry is all about. This year’s show highlights are sure to set a new standard for the amusement industry and inspire future developments in Europe,” says Peter van der Schans, Vice President and Executive Director of the IAAPA EMEA office, with anticipation of the show days in Vienna.
“As the best meeting destination in the world, we are delighted to welcome this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe to Vienna. Vienna is the ideal venue because tradition and culture meet future-oriented thinking here. Forecasts for the coming years show that people’s willingness to spend a significant portion of their income on leisure activities is increasing. The leisure industry continues to grow and has a major impact on the local economy. To ensure this success, it is important to learn from each other – IAAPA Expo Europe, with its nearly 640 exhibitors, is therefore the best opportunity to be inspired by the latest trends and innovations in the industry,” says Austria’s State Secretary for Tourism, Susanne Kraus-Winkler.
For a preview of what new developments and projects you can discover on the show floor, see our latest EAP issue. Also read the tips from your industry colleagues on what not to miss in Vienna!
We look forward to seeing you at our EAP booth #A-2600! ■