[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt from a press release. -J]
During the last 10 years, the IAAPA Attractions Expo has been hosted by Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans and Orlando. The announcement to take the show to Las Vegas for the first time marks IAAPA’s new, long-term plan for a two-city, East Coast/West Coast rotation for the event. The mid-November show will be held in Orlando in 2007 and 2008.
“Our members, who represent theme parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, miniature golf courses, family entertainment centers, and manufacturers and suppliers, expressed interest in an East Coast/West Coast show rotation cycle several years ago,” said IAAPA President and CEO Charlie Bray. “We looked at Vegas in the past, but the convention center space simply wasn’t available. Fortunately, that changed and made this exciting new plan possible.”
Orlando and Las Vegas were selected as the two cities in the rotation because they have the convention center facilities large enough to host the show in November and because of their stature as worldwide entertainment mecca.