Despite experiencing a drop in the number of companies serving the global theme park industry in all its forms, ATEI, the historic amusement trade exhibition held annually in London, UK, benefited from a positive atmosphere brought about by a year-on-year increase in visitor numbers.

The show, which took place alongside the casino and soft gaming-led IGE and online gaming expo ICEi at Earls Court on January 26-29, offered a clear indication that the UK and other key economies have started to pull themselves out of recession.

Amusement companies had been hit hard by the global economic downturn, which served to exacerbate pressures that were being felt by an already struggling UK industry.

Now, despite the fact that the inaugural European Amusement and Gaming Expo – a breakaway event held at the ExCeL centre in London’s east end this week – seems to have found a footing in the domestic market, the general consensus is that ATEI will continue to remain relevant to the world theme park and amusements industry.

A full show report will appear in the next issue of InterPark.