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IAAPA Expo Asia to offer expanded learning opportunities

IAAPA Expo Asia to offer expanded learning opportunities
June 23, 2021

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has announced that its IAAPA Expo Asia 2021 will feature an education conference with expert speakers and sessions on a wide range of topics.

Being held from 10th to 13th August at China’s Shanghai New International Expo Centre will not only feature a large trade show but will also offer a complete education conference, with sessions on a variety of topics such as industry trends in the region, the market outlook, IP, planning, food and beverage trends and more.

These will also be simultaneously translated in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Ivan Chak, Regional Director, Operations, Harves Global Entertainment
  • Natalie Chan, Director, Branded Experience and Promotion Partnerships, Hasbro APAC
  • Christopher Chan, Assistant Vice President, Food and Beverage and Retail Services, Hengqin Laisun Creative Culture City Co. Ltd.
  • Qu Chao, Operation Director, Yinji Snow and Ice Kingdom
  • Yael Coifman ICAE, Senior Partner, Leisure Development Partners
  • Linda Dong, President, China Leisure
  • Adam Lajoie, General Manager, Thinkwell Asia
  • Michiel Illy, Chief Executive, Beau Village Tourism Development Company Limited
  • Yipeng Ma, Managing Director Asia, Entertainment Development SL
  • Selena Magill, Executive General Manager, Asia Business, Village Roadshow Theme Parks Asia
  • Alan Mahony, Vice President, Marine & Waterpark Operations, Atlantis Resort Sanya, China
  • Eric J. O’Rourke, Senior Director -Theme Parks, FORREC
  • Evi Sari, Vice President, Nickelodeon Experiences Asia
  • Chris Yoshii, Vice President and the Global Director of Economics, AECOM
  • Yuyi Zhao, Associate Project Manager, Universal Beijing Resort

General education sessions are included with registration for IAAPA member attendees but non-members require an additional fee.

This year, IAAPA Expo Asia (formerly the Asian Attractions Expo) begins will a full-day event on 10th August, called 2021 Insights, where attractions industry executives from global and local theme parks, FECs, indoor ski parks and entertainment productions, sharing their experiences and expertise with attendees.

An IAAPA spokesperson advised “this will allow participants to learn from stories of business recovery and innovative thinking, as well as to gain insights into new concepts and ideas for the future of the attractions industry.”

Registration for the 2021 Insights Program includes admission to all keynote presentations and panel discussions, a networking luncheon, and park admission and dinner reception at Shanghai Disneyland.

IAAPA also recently announced that the IAAPA EMEA Spring Summit will now take place from 29th June to 1st July 2021.

Click here for more information in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

Image: Delegates at the 2016 Asian Attractions Expo, now rebranded as the IAAPA Expo Asia.

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