The first ever Connections event was originally scheduled to take place on February 24-26 at the exclusive Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

"While prospects for the year are uncertain, we know that our members are evaluating their businesses and adjusting their operations to address the current economic environment," commented IAAPA chairman Darrell Metzger.

The organisation has also decided not to hold its board and other committee meetings that were scheduled to take place at Atlantis in conjunction with the Connections event, although it said the three key IAAPA trade shows for 2009 – Asian Attractions Expo, Euro Attractions Show and IAAPA Attractions Expo – would go ahead as planned.