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The 14th International Exhibition "Amusement rides and Entertainment Equipment RAAPA Expo-2012" was held from March 21 to 23, 2012 at Pavilion 75 of VVTs, Moscow.
The exhibition was organized by the Russian Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (RAAPA), and supported by the Moscow Government, the International Association of Amusement Parks (IAAPA), and the company TSI Ltd (the UK).
Mikhail Shvydkoi, the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation in International Cultural Cooperation Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Ambassador for special affairs, sent his greetings to the participants and guests of RAAPA Expo. The exhibition was opened by RAAPA President Vladimir Gnezdilov, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation State Duma Committee on Industry Pavel Dorokhin, deputy chairman of the Russian Federation State Duma expert committee on innovations and modernization Andrey Tvorogov, deputy director of the VNIINMASH Rosstandard institute Pavel Filippov.
This year, RAAPA Expo attracted 176 exhibitors from more than twenty countries of the world: Russia, Belarus, Germany, Italy, the USA, China, Great Britain, Turkey, India, the Netherlands, Switzerland and others, including more than 40 new companies, among them - such well-known foreign manufacturers as Swiss Rides (Switzerland), BN Performance Rides (Italy), Elaut Germany (Germany), Liben Industrial Corporation (China), Visual Sports Systems (Canada), as well as a number of Russian companies, such as HIPPO kids, Rainbrook Projects, Papa Carlo, Technika+, Technologii Kino, etc.
There were showcased different amusement rides and entertainment equipment for the amusement parks, water parks and family entertainment centers, playgrounds and sports grounds, as well as 5D-movie theaters, laser shooting galleries, simulators and gaming machines, bumper cars and bicycles, bowling equipment; vending companies presented their products, as well.
Business contacts were established and contracts signed for the purchase and supply of the park and recreational equipment for many regions of Russia, the CIS and foreign countries.
The exhibition was visited by more than 5,000 amusement industry professionals, directors of amusement parks and family entertainment centers, mass media representatives, and other parties of concern.
The work of the exhibition was complemented by saturated business program and interesting events. The Conference "Prospects of amusement industry development in Russia" took place on March 19-23; within its frames, seminars, business trainings, and round tables on various actual issues were held. They were attended by over 270 professionals of amusement industry. The speakers addressed in their speeches such vital topics as: prospects of kiddie entertainment and leisure development; safety of kiddie playgrounds and rides; increasing of the amusement parks’ profitability under modern conditions; organizing mass events; the effectiveness of advertising in the amusement parks; zoning of the amusement park areas, and organization of food court space.
Much was said about the economic efficiency of indoor family entertainment centers and indoor amusement parks. The attendees got some practical advice regarding management of the bowling clubs; the system of personnel motivation and encouragement; they also learned about ways to increase the profitability of amusement parks and FECs. Well-known experts spoke about the legal support of business in the Russian amusement industry, about ways to organize an interesting festive event in the amusement park or at the FEC, and of ways to improve the safety of water parks.
On March 21, at the reception organized by RAAPA for the exhibitors and guests of the show, the International Awarding Ceremony "Golden Pony Moscow-2012" took place, in order to honor the achievements in the amusement industry.
The award nominees were: Amusement Park, Kemerovo; Kiddie park "Skazka", Lipetsk; Shcherbakov park, Donetsk; «Game City» company; Belgorod; "Planeta Razvlecheniy" company, Voronezh; Bausaa ( Italy); Funky Town (Kazakhstan); Funtura, Donetsk; Happylon-Vegas, Moscow; Mr. Gerry Robinson (TSI, Ltd company). Sponsors of the ceremony were: "Pax" company (Moscow); "Nizhniy Park" (Lipetsk); "Sarmat" company (Ukraine); "Italpark" (Moscow Region); «KCC Entertainment Design» company (Belgium); «Game City» company, Belgorod.
Companies, who presented the best expositions at the exhibition, were awarded with RAAPA golden medals. Those were: Brunswick/KidsPlay, Elaut Germany GmbH, QubicaAMF, “RIF” group of companies, Shinin group, Total Interactive Technologies, "Air Palace" Factory, DO "Tekhnologii Kino", World of Amusement, Razvlekatelnye Apparaty, Technika+.
The results of RAAPA Expo-2012 showed that, firstly, the exhibition has acquired a stable popularity among amusement industry professionals from around the world, and secondly, the growing interest in the format of the exhibition attracts more and more exhibitors, visitors, and mass media representatives.
Next exhibition "Amusement rides and Entertainment Equipment RAAPA Expo Autumn-2012" will be held on October 24-26, 2012 at the VVTs, Pavilion 55.
In the spring of 2013, on March 20-22, there will be held the 15th Anniversary International Exhibition "Amusement rides and Entertainment Equipment RAAPA Expo-2013".
We are looking forward to welcome you at the RAAPA Expo shows!
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