IAAPA cancels 2020 expo in Orlando as travel restrictions limit attendance

Participants can now attend virtual conference

ORLANDO, Fla. – The global association for the attractions industry has canceled its 2020 expo set to take place in Orlando and will move sessions online.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions or IAAPA is the leading global conference and trade show for the attractions industry.

Organizers say they decided to cancel the in-person convention because travel limitations in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

”The continuing barriers to international and domestic travel helped lead to this decision,” IAAPA said in a tweet.

Instead, the association is launching a new virtual conference for global attractions industry professionals. Attendees can take part in many of the education sessions originally planned to take place at IAAPA Expo.

“IAAPA Expo serves as the global marketplace for the attractions industry. We recognize this year there are many challenges facing our members from around the world,” said Hal McEvoy, president and CEO of IAAPA. “Together with input from members, exhibitors, the IAAPA Board of Directors and our team, we have decided to cancel this year’s Expo due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. 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.”

The IAAPA Expo Virtual Education Conference will take place from Nov. 16 through the 18, the same week that the IAAPA Expo was originally planned.

According to a news release, participants can virtually attend 25 sessions and two keynote presentations.