IAAPA presented EAS 2017 in Berlin late September, bringing together over 12,000 attendees for what many deemed an exceptionally successful show. Since the show’s last visit to Berlin in 2012, the show floor expanded from four to six halls and consisted of an extended education program.
“EAS 2017 has been a great experience for the attendees, exhibitors, and IAAPA,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland. “The attractions industry is strong and growing in the EMEA region. That growth combined with the opportunity to see the latest innovations, learn from industry leaders, and experience all Berlin has to offer worked together to create these great results.”
The event was somewhat bittersweet for IAAPA’s Vice President of the EMEA region, Karen Staley, as she prepares to transition to a new role overseeing the organization’s North American operations. Jakob Wahl, who in recent years has worked for both IAAPA and Europa-Park, is assuming her role in Europe.
“We are pleasantly overwhelmed by the success of EAS 2017 in Berlin. The buyers were serious about finding products, services, and new ideas to grow their business in the future. They discovered them on the trade fair floor and in the extensive conference program. It’s been a great week,” said Karen Staley. “The exciting news is that the innovations they saw at EAS 2017 will make amusement parks and attractions even more spectacular in the future.”