IAAPA begins in Las Vegas with around 25,000 attendees

Posted Monday, November 16, 2009 11:23 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Big rides, new technology, and selling more tickets in today's economic times are just three elements of interest at IAAPA Attractions Expo in Las Vegas today through Nov. 20.

As the largest annual gathering of the $24 billion amusement park and attractions industry, the Expo takes center stage in Las Vegas for the first time in the event's 90-year history.

The Expo brings a $40 million boost to Las Vegas' economy, temporarily transforming the Las Vegas Convention Center into a marketplace reminiscent of a theme park midway complete with rides, games, food, and fun showcased by 1,065 exhibitors. Industry service companies specializing in theming, design, ticketing, and information technology also fill 1 million square feet of convention center space.

Approximately 25,000 professionals from the world's top theme and amusement parks, waterparks, zoos, aquariums, museums, family entertainment centers, casinos, and resorts are on site to network and learn about new trends and innovations for 2010 and beyond.

Read the entire press release on PR Newswire.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 7:09 AM
ridemcoaster's avatar

Thanks for rubbing the fact im not there in Jeff. :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 10:55 AM
Jeff's avatar

Hey, neither am I, and this year I could've talked to the Blue Man Group founder doing the breakfast. Silly new job getting in the way.

Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 4:35 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

Yes I would have held a slightly heavier grudge had I found out you did that.. I feel slightly better now :)

Course now im enduring the Busch peeps who made it out there and able to brag about the things they are doing there..

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 8:18 PM

There is a few websites covering the show and you can see pics of the new Timberline trains.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009 1:22 AM
Jeff's avatar

Mike Graham couldn't be there either, even though the trains are his baby. That's because, well, his wife may have an actual baby this week. :)

Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 6:44 AM

Is that a fully automated Cotton Candy vending machine I see????
That's huge cost savings, no more stands that wheel around with an operator!
I guess the next question is does it take $10 bills for Cedar Fair! 
None the less, it's a good evolution!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 7:23 AM
kpjb's avatar

Kennywood has had that cotton candy machine for a year now. It's a novelty and nothing more. It could never keep up production numbers for an amusement park. Better suited for an FEC.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009 11:42 AM

Agreed on the machine. They had it last year. Its more like the one in your house compared to the 16 Tornados we own.

This is, in all aspects, a pretty good show. Even have Gaming people coming from next door checking us out.

Saturday, November 28, 2009 5:56 PM
99er's avatar

^Did you make it next door to the gaming expo though? They had way better food over there...drinks too;)



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