Nearly 26,000 Attend IAAPA Event

December 25, 2011 by  

About 25,800 people from 118 countries registered for this year’s International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) expo in Orlando, Fla. This is an increase of three percent from last year’s attendance, and this year’s registered buyers jumped five percent from 2010.

According to the IAAPA, the registered buyers were executives representing 6,484 family entertainment centers, water and amusement parks, casinos, resorts and other attractions. The expo was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, featured new products and services offered by about 1,100 companies from 32 different countries and may have drawn extra participants through professional printing services, like poster and flyer printing, from Orlando printing companies.

The IAAPA said that these figures were preliminary estimates, and said that several ‘coin-op amusement operations’ were a large part of them. Despite this statement from the IAAPA, the show did not attract a large number of route operators, according to interviews between Vending Times and coin machine exhibitors. In addition, a trade magazine based in the United Kingdom suggested that fewer European visitors attributed to the ‘perception of a ‘smaller’ show with less foot traffic,’ according to Vending Times.

Still, the expo is an important show for manufacturers of arcade equipment:

“Attendance was good,” Namco’s vice president of product strategy, Frank Cosentino, said. “We had a lot of great people coming to the booth,” he added, “and hopefully we’ll get a lot of sales.”

The IAAPA is headquartered in Alexandria, Va. and represents about 4,100 firms in 90 countries. The IAAPA is scheduled to hold these events in Orlando through 2019.