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IAAPA Cancels Orlando Expo Amid COVID-19 Concerns

ORLANDO, Fla. – IAAPA, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, has canceled this year’s expo in Orlando due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

What You Need To Know

  • IAAPA Expo 2020 canceled due to COVID-19
  • The event was originally set for November
  • A virtual conference will be held instead
  • Companies often showcase products and rides at the event

The expo, which is one of the largest yearly gatherings for the attractions industry, typically attracts companies and vendors from across the country and around the world. Amid ongoing concerns about the pandemic, officials decided to not hold an in-person event.

“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,” IAAPA president and CEO Hal McEvoy said in a news release.

The IAAPA Expo was scheduled to take place November 16-18 at the Orange County Convention Center. In place of the in-person event, there will be a virtual conference, with 25 informational sessions and two keynote presentations participants can access online.

In the past, attractions companies have used the expo to showcase their latest products, technologies and even rides. Last year, SeaWorld unveiled the ride vehicle for its Ice Breaker coaster, which will now debut in 2021 instead of this year due to the pandemic. Busch Gardens also revealed the vehicle for its Iron Gwazi coaster.

 “While we are disappointed we are unable to meet in-person this year, we are already looking ahead to IAAPA Expo 2021 in Orlando,” McEvoy said.

The cancellation of the IAAPA Expo is the latest blow to the convention center, which has had dozens of events canceled this year, resulting in an estimated economic impact of $1.22 billion, according to the center’s website.

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