The 15th Anniversary International exhibition «Amusement Rides and Entertainment Equipment RAAPA EXPO-2013» has taken place on March 20-22, 2013, at Pavilion 75 of All-Russian Exhibition Center (VVTs).
The exhibition was organized by Russian Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (RAAPA), with the support of International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). Group of companies «PAX» became the General Sponsor of RAAPA EXPO-2013. The Gold Sponsor was «Brunswick/KidsPlay». Exhibition Sponsors were the following companies: Group of companies «Game City» (Russia), «PlaySpace/Vesta Company» (Russia), «YUGIS» (Russia), «Concept 1900» (France). The General Information Sponsor - «KIR» magazine.
In spite of winter’s returning to Moscow in the end of March, which caused some visitors’ and exhibitors’ delay on their way to the exhibition, RAAPA EXPO-2013 became the greatest edition in the history of the exhibition, and, undoubtedly, has celebrated its anniversary with the flying colors.
The official opening ceremony of RAAPA EXPO-2013 was preceded by a squad of drummer girls, who attracted the participants’ and visitors’ attention to the scene. The exhibition was opened by RAAPA President - Vladimir A. Gnezdilov, Director of Technical Regulation Department of the Russian Federation Ministry of Industry and Trade – Konstantin V. Leonidov, Chief of a Section of the Moscow region Ministry of Culture – Oleg N. Dyad’kov, Executive Director of «Brunswick/KidsPlay» – Roman Khramov. Besides them, the following honored guests took part in the ceremony: Gerry Robinson – the managing partner of TSI, Ltd. (the UK), Yuriy G. Kuznetsov – RAAPA Vice-President, administration representative of the city of Yaroslavl.
Greetings to RAAPA EXPO-2013 exhibitors and guests were received from Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cultural Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Mikhail Shvydkoy.
More than 230 companies – manufacturers and suppliers of amusement rides, entertainment equipment and services for amusement industry - exhibited at RAAPA EXPO-2013.
Compared to the past year, a number of foreign exhibitors has significantly increased, and reached the mark of 90 companies, representing 24 countries of the world: China, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Germany, the UK, Argentina, the Ukraine, Belarus, Hong Kong, Belgium, the USA, Turkey, Slovakia, France, India, Poland, etc. Among these companies there were such famous companies as «Zamperla», «Polin Waterparks and Pool Systems», «White Water», «Prime Play», «Proslide Technology», «Mondial World of Rides», «Jora Vision», «Wahlap», «Tecway», «Liben», «Walltopia», «Sacoa Playcard System», «Sega», «KCC Entertainment Design», «Bertazzon», «Sarner», «Elaut», «Wattman Europe», «Vekoma Rides», «Moser’s Rides», «Preston&Barbieri», «Fabbri», «C&S», etc.
Besides them, RAAPA EXPO-2013 welcomed its new foreign exhibitors: «Electrosonic» (the UK), «Semnox Solutions» (India), «Play Installation» (Slovakia), and some others.
Among the Russian companies, there could be seen both the long-term exhibitors of RAAPA EXPO: Group of companies «RIF», «O.D.A.», «PlaySpace/Vesta Company», Group of companies «PAX», «KSIL», Group of companies «Game City», «AirPalace» factory, «New Horizons», etc., and first-time participants, like «Atrix 63», «Kinokreative», «Funtorg», «Tvoy Velik», etc.
At the event, there were presented the brand new products and achievements in the modern amusement industry: amusement rides, entertainment equipment and machines, 5D-cinemas and interactive simulators, video and interactive games, access control devices and devices for managing a family entertainment center, sports and play equipment, kiddie playgrounds, shooting galleries, laser tags, lighting equipment and acoustic systems, trampolines and inflatable attractions, animatronics, water park equipment, bumper cars and velomobiles, karting and dodgem fields, bowling, billiards equipment, vending equipment, redemption machines, services in design of amusement parks, water parks and FECs, as well as services in organizing festive events, landscape design, food courts in amusement parks and FECs.
One of the novelties introduced at the exhibition of 2013 was creation of a green relaxation zone – the Lounge zone, which was organized with assistance of the Guild of Landscape Industry Professionals. The Lounge zone decoration – live flowers, a bright green lawn, and an atmosphere of rest in the park - brought delight both to visitors and exhibitors.
Many visiting specialists noticed another innovation – the Novelties Center, where they could get acquainted with information about new products presented by the companies at the exhibition.
Speaking of the novelties themselves, we can highlight the wide range of equipment for moving around amusement parks and FECs provided by «Tvoy Velik» company; besides bicycles, there were also showcased different sorts of amusement park transportation devices. «World of Amusements»’s booth was decorated in a rather original style, and the company itself was one of few presenting the dark ride trend. The number of companies offering food services has grown: now we have «PIR Technology», «Technika+», «Business Russia», etc. «Zamperla»’s booth with colorful seesaws also made an impression. A great interest was shown to a new cinema theatre named «Abyss», manufactured by «Total Interactive Teсhnologies». «PlaySpace/Vesta Company»’s booth became one of the brightest spots, with its resemblance of a true luna park with amusement rides.
During the three days of RAAPA EXPO-2013, the business life was in full swing. The exhibition was visited by over 5000 specialists: directors and top managers of parks, entertainment centers, water parks, representatives of cities’ and regions’ administrations, developers and investors, owners and managers of resorts and hotels, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of entertainment equipment, individual entrepreneurs, mass media representatives and other parties of concern.
Many exhibitors noted the increasing number of visitors from abroad at RAAPA EXPO-2013.
The business program was the most interesting and intensive as compared with the past years. The conference and business events were attended by about 300 participants from 53 cities of Russia and foreign countries.
During the five days (March, 18-22) more than 10 professional events were held: conference, thematic seminars, business trainings, round tables, workshops, etc., in which the most topical issues and problems of entertainment business organization and management were discussed: catering in parks and FECs; personnel management; the secrets of establishing a successful family entertainment center; technology of festive events organization; income determination and management of a bowling club; safe operation of water parks; application of automation systems; successful experience of parks and FECs operation; brand formation of an entertainment center in the online environment, and others.
With great success was held the training workshop «Establishing a successful family entertainment center: all aspects of the business» in the entertainment center «Volshebnaya Strana» in the TEC «Europeisky». This event not only became one of the most popular, but also was given the status of «the most stylish» training. The participants not only were able to hear the opinion of leading experts and get acquainted with authoritative specialists of amusement industry, but also in practice to see the work of a new entertainment complex in Moscow.
The unique event was the contest «The practice of successful operation of parks and entertainment centers in Russia and the CIS countries». During the event, directors of parks and entertainment centers presented their facilities, shared their experience and answered questions from concerned fellow professionals. At the end of presentations, participants chose the best of the presented entertainment complexes, which won a prize – amusement machine «KEY Master», provided by the sponsor of the exhibition – «YUGIS» company. The winner of the contest became a family entertainment center «BEGOPARK» (Karaganda, Kazakhstan).
Within the frames of the Anniversary RAAPA EXPO not only business, but also other spectacular events were held.
On March 20, after the first working day, a solemn ceremony of the international award in amusement industry «Golden Pony Awards Moscow-2013» was held at RAAPA reception in «Cosmos» hotel. This is the third joint event of RAAPA and a publishing house Facto Edizioni (Italy).
The awardees of 2013 are: City Parks of Saransk, chain of family entertainment centers «Fun City», R.K.R. SKIF, Gorky Central Park – Perm, Hawaii Aqua Park (Almaty, Kazakhstan), entertainment center «Star Play» (Astana, Kazakhstan), Theme Builders Russia, Amusement Park Gelendzhik, Central Park Kharkov (Ukraine).
Russian Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (RAAPA) was also awarded «Golden Pony Moscow-2013» for «being the driving force of the leisure industry growth in Russia and CIS and the major 'architect' of its internationalization as for both safety standards and business approach».
The sponsors of the ceremony were: Group of companies «PAX», «Italpark», «SELA Cars» and Gorky Central Park – Perm.
On March 21, in honor of the 15th Anniversary of RAAPA EXPO, long-standing partners of the exhibition were awarded. More than 30 companies participating during almost all of 15 years were awarded special commemorative signs from the organizers.
On the last day of RAAPA EXPO-2013 all exhibitors were awarded commemorative diplomas. Booths with the best design were awarded gold medals. Among them: Group of companies «RIF», «YUGIS», «Antonio Zamperla SPA» (Italy), Design department «Technologii Kino», the Guild of Landscape Industry Professionals, «O.D.A.», «World of Amusements», «Brunswick / KidsPlay», «PlaySpace/Vesta Company», «Total Interactive Tehnologies».
Many exhibitors and visitors noted that the Anniversary exhibition «RAAPA EXPO-2013» has become not only the largest and most interesting in its history, but it has shown a new international level of organizing and holding business events of such scale. Today it is the most dynamic entertainment industry exhibition in the world, as the number of exhibitors and visitors is quickly and steadily growing.
For 15 years, RAAPA EXPO has become one of the world's leading exhibition brands of amusement industry, the center, where a policy of entertainment business development in Russia is formed. Having gained a significant credibility among professionals, RAAPA EXPO has become a unique business platform, which not only demonstrates the modern entertainment equipment and amusement rides, but also provides an opportunity to assess the future development of amusement industry in Russia.
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