IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has decided to shift its annual exposition and conference to the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, from August 10 to 13, 2021.
The IAAPA Expo Asia 2021 was initially planned for Macau in June.
IAAPA explained that the relocation and date change were in response to the continued impact of the global pandemic.
Hal McEvoy, president and CEO, IAAPA, said: “IAAPA’s role has always been to help members meet, do business, and learn from each other. It is more important than ever we provide such opportunities in a safe manner, at the right time, in the right location.
“After careful review and with significant input from our team, members, exhibitors, and the IAAPA Board of Directors, the decision has been made to relocate IAAPA Expo Asia 2021 to Shanghai, China. Given the continued uncertainties impacting travel – international and domestic – we believe the relocation and event date change will provide more opportunity for exhibitors and attendees to participate.”
Plans are underway to ensure a smooth transition to the new venue.
This year’s event will kick off with a conference day followed by three days of tradeshow, additional education programmes, exclusive special events and more.
McEvoy said the event would abide by safety guidelines and operational procedures recommended by global and health authorities as well as event industry experts.