Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

Networking and park visits announced for Asian Expo

Several familiar IAAPA faces and a number of leading local attractions will be taking part in the education programme, social events and park visits planned during July’s Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) in Kuala Lumpur.

Invited speakers at the IAAPA Safety Institute (July 13) include Greg Hale of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Jim Seay from Premier Rides, alongside George Ling from the Hong Kong Electrical and Mechanical Services Department. The day-long series of sessions is free to AAE participants.

Two Leadership Breakfasts are planned, at US$25 each. On July 15, IAAPA chairman Chip Cleary, also senior vice-president of waterpark operations for Palace Entertainment, will address leadership and its role in operating a successful attraction. Meanwhile on July 16, Malaysia’s minister of tourism, Ng Yen Yen, will speak on the attractions industry’s contribution to the region.

Throughout the week, other roundtable discussions and seminars will address subjects including live entertainment, marketing, environment/conservation and designing an attraction for optimum guest capacity, efficiency and safety.

Wednesday evening’s Opening Reception (July 14) takes place at Aquaria, a 60,000-square-foot underground aquarium located within the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The event is supported by Arihant Industrial Corporation. Later that same night, a Young Professional’s Reception will be hosted at 7atenine restaurant. Both functions are free to AAE participants.

The following evening, Expo participants are invited to experience Kuala Lumpur’s own Sunway Lagoon. For US$50, guests will enjoy a tropical-themed dinner and waterpark reception. The 88-acre facility also includes a theme park, wildlife park, extreme park and scream park.

To wrap up the week’s proceedings, IAAPA will host a post-show visit to Genting Highlands Resort, 45 minutes outside the city. A behind-the-scenes tour will be offered together with dinner and transportation for US$55. Accommodation packages are also available for those wishing to stay over at the First World Hotel. The resort’s signature attractions include the Genting Skyway, Flying Coaster, Snow World and a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! outlet.

Asian Attractions Expo takes place from Wednesday to Friday, July 14 to 16, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event is co-hosted by IAAPA alongside the Malaysian Association of Amusement Themepark & Family Attractions (MAATFA) and the Australian Amusement Leisure and Recreation Association (AALARA). More than 150 exhibitors from 25 countries are promised.

Pictured below: Genting Highlands Resort

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