The organisers of London’s EAG International have confirmed that they will be teaming up with a new Visitor Attraction Expo (VAE) for the 2015 event. This is the first time EAG will be twinning their show with another.
The VAE was going to simply launch to coincide with EAG, however the international event has taken on the BALPPA-backed show and visitors will be able to gain access to both shows with a single badge.
The 2014 edition of the show was considered to be among the most successful in the event’s five-year history, so the expectation for the 2015 show is very high. The edition of another expo to the three day event means there will be even more to see and do for visitors and buyers at next year’s show, which will be held at ExCeL on January 13-15. A single visitor badge will provide access to both shows.
“In addition to representing the interests of owners, managers and developers, the BALPPA membership includes a large number of trade suppliers who have for some time been requesting our own expo,” said BALPPA chief executive Paul Kelly. “We believe that such a show sits well within our strategy of supporting members through seminars, education programmes and the provision of networking opportunities.”
EAG International chairman Martin Burlin welcomed the announcement, stating that the new expo will give the leisure parks, piers, zoos and static attractions sector “an annual event which it can call its own, right here in the UK.”
“We are experiencing increased crossover between the amusements and attractions sectors so this move reflects what’s happening out there in the market,” he said. I understand that there is strong interest from potential exhibitors and believe that EAG International’s 5,000-plus visitors will help in delivering a robust start for this exciting new event.”
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