Summer 2019 was rich in various events of amusement industry, but the 8th RAAPA Summer Forum of Amusement Industry Specialists in Samara was the most sought after event. Over 130 participants from 55 cities of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Italy, and Germany attended RAAPA Forum.
The forum was characterized by many guests as the “Happiest Summer Forum”. Most likely it’s true: positive emotions and good mood did not leave the industry specialists all event’s days long. It was enabled by huge efforts contributed by the city of the event, perfect weather, closeness to the Volga, and interesting programme of events prepared by the Russian Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.
The Forum was widely supported by Samara City Government, Ministry of Culture of Samara region and partner-companies. Informational partners were magazines The Amusement Industry Catalogue, Attractions and Entertainments, SportB2B; internet-portals VTORIO.COM, Banbas.ru, and Stolitsa Detstva.
For the years of holding RAAPA Summer Forum, it has become such a significant event that many cities are now willing to host it. Samara City Government has taken an active part in preparing the event. Interim Head of Samara Urban District Mr. Vladimir Vasilenko opened the Forum and noted in his speech the relevance and importance of such an event held in Samara.
RAAPA Summer Forum was widely broadcasted by local TV channels and media: Russia Samara, Gubernia TV, Samara-GIS, and other media companies.
The most topical issues of the amusement industry and experience of development of cultural and leisure sphere in Samara region were discussed in the business programme of the Forum. Deputy Head of Economic Development, Investments and Commerce Department Ms. Anna Rabinovich reported of tourist potential of Samara, and Ms. Kseniya Zvonkovskaya, Director of Samara Region Public Office “Tourist Information Center” gave of the perspectives of development of tourist-recreational cluster in Samara region.
Ms. Irina Kolesnikova, Deputy Director of Municipal Autonomous Institution “Samara Parks”, and Mr. Andrey Zakharov, Director of Gorky Park in Syzran shared their experience of managing parks of culture and leisure.
The relevant issue of development indoor entertainment complexes was highlighted in the speech of the Executive Manager of Funky Town Ekaterina Belskova and the CEO of Megapolis Group of Companies/FEC Megaland Alexander Odolskiy.
The business programme was followed by the presentations of equipment novelties and the latest achievements in the entertainment industry held by leading Russian and International companies: Avira, IOLLA, GROS, Airpalace, BOLID, Volgograd Attractions, Game-Keeper, SkyLine, Procontrain (Germany), Severstal-metiz, Air Games, RIF, Russkie Gorki, Diamet, Aeromir, Attraplast and other companies.
After lunch time, in the afternoon the first day programme was continued with the visit to the major park of Samara – Gagarin Park and amusement rides complex “Three Bears”. The park top managers held an observation tour of the park and answered numerous questions of the guests. Everyone wishing to have a ride rode the 55-meter-high Ferris Wheel, extreme amusement ride Show Time and tried other rides too.
The day was crowned with the gala reception devoted to the opening of the 8th International RAAPA Summer Forum in Samara.
The second day had quite an intense schedule. It started with the sports event – RAAPA Summer Jogging Race along the most beautiful embankment of the Volga in Samara. The most sportive specialists of the amusement industry in spite of early start (7 AM!) took part in this corporate competition. According to the results of the jogging competition the winners in the men and women scoring were announced. Men: 1) Alexey Prosandeev, Moscow; 2) Roman Khramov, Mocsow; 3) Gadzhiyasulo Gadzhiyasulov, Makhachkala. Women: 1) Ekaterina Belskova, Samara; 2-4) Ekaterina Shumilkina, Penza; Elena Zhuchkova, Bronnitsy, Svetlana Loshkareva, Rudniy. All participants unanimously expressed their wish to make sports contests traditional for RAAPA Summer Forums.
Later on the participants in full cast by then could observe the enchanting beauty of Samara during a boat ride along the Volga. On board this boat there was a practical seminar “Strategies of development of entertainment ground: how to preserve the relevance and effectiveness of the business” held by the specialists of EntenS Group.
One more educational event was held at lunch time as contingent to the topic “Tendencies of F&B for parks and entertainment centers” where Business Development Director of Russian Project Alex Rusu spoke on the latest trends in food industry in Russia and in the world.
On July 18 the participants of the Forum attended indoor entertainment centers: Funky Town in FEC Aurora, Megaland and Chadograd in FEC Gudok. The participants were most cordially welcomed by the top managers and employees of the FECs who informed them in details of their operations and answered all questions of interested visiting specialists.
The day program was continued by the evening visit to Zagorodniy Park, where everyone had an opportunity to have a ride on Roller. This visit was arranged by SkyLine company.
The excursion programme of RAAPA Summer Forum was traditionally appealing.
The first acquaintance with the sights of Samara started on July 16. On this day the group of Forum participants had a walking tour of the city center and observed a unique structure – Stalin Bunker, hidden under the surface of the ground at the depth equal to a 12-storeyed building.
On July 19 the consolidated group of amusement industry specialists observed a few more famous sights of Samara: Museum and Exhibition Center Samara Space Museum, the biggest museum of motor cycles Motorworld of Vyacheslav Sheyanov and legendary Zhiguli beer brewery, where the guests could not only observe the process of brewing but had a chance to degustate different brands of beer.
The 8th RAAPA Summer Forum received the most rave reviews from the industry specialists. Most of them have singled out the topical business programme, high quality organization, possibility to communicate with the colleagues from different regions of Russia, and, for sure, best impressions of Samara – the city that was a pleasant surprise and left everlasting emotions. If last year Summer Forum was the most SUMMERY of all the SUMMER FORUMS, then this year it was THE HAPPIEST SUMMER FORUM of RAAPA!
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