IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has announced the cancellation of IAAPA Expo 2020 in Orlando, Florida. The decision was made due to the ongoing global pandemic.

The association is to host a new virtual conference for attractions industry professionals around the world, so the education sessions planned for the Orlando Expo can still go ahead.

The IAAPA Expo Virtual Education Conference is to take place during the same week the Expo 2020 was due to be held, on November 16 to 18.

Hal McEvoy, president and CEO of IAAPA, commented: “IAAPA Expo serves as the global marketplace for the attractions industry. We recognise this year there are many challenges facing our members from around the world.

“Together with input from members, exhibitors, the IAAPA Board of Directors and our team, we have decided to cancel this year’s Expo due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The continuing barriers to international and domestic travel coupled with the evolving guidance on mass gatherings, and members’ need to focus on their businesses helped lead to this decision.”

“While we are disappointed, we are unable to meet in-person this year, we are already looking ahead to IAAPA Expo 2021 in Orlando. We also appreciate the patience, support and commitment from our dedicated IAAPA Expo exhibitors. The IAAPA team has already pivoted to address finding new ways industry manufacturers and suppliers can connect with their customers to promote their products, discover new trends, and make plans for the future,” McEvoy continued.

IAAPA Expo 2020 exhibitors should contact the global sales team at the IAAPA on ExhibitSales@IAAPA.org to discuss the next steps.