Last November, our entertainment experts joined thousands of fellow professionals from across the entertainment industry at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo. The expo is the largest gathering of theme park owners, vendors and industry professionals and an opportunity to gather and exchange knowledge on the latest in guest experience, sustainability and technology. “IAAPA is all about spending time with friends, meeting new people and getting together with groups of like-minded individuals that would not have the opportunity to visit with one another in person outside of this industries’ largest tradeshow,” said Principal, Building and Industry Garrick Hansen.
EXP hosted an offsite industry party at Mango’s Tropical Café along the International Drive corridor. Industry leaders gathered to celebrate a year’s worth of entertainment industry accomplishments. “Hosting the party on the Tuesday evening before IAAPA, the industry is fresh and buzzing with excitement about the week ahead and our party provides the opportunity to discuss business and to also enjoy each other’s company,” said Vice President Dan Christman. This year, the new location offered guests a party atmosphere with a poker tournament and other interesting sights. “At the venue, the upstairs observation deck offered a view of NASA’s latest moon rocket launch. As we jokingly told our guests the most expensive part of the party was getting NASA to launch the Artemis mission for us on time,” said Garrick.
For EXP, the night was especially important, to celebrate 30 years in the entertainment industry and EXP’s extensive portfolio of amusement and theme parks, aquariums, tourist attractions, hotels and resorts, and to look towards a future of even more great projects. “IAPPA continues to be a perfect opportunity to see fellow industry professionals, many who we call close friends and clients. We are grateful to have many long-term relationships and work alongside an incredible group of people to create experiences for millions of people to enjoy every year,” said Dan.
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