The Indian Association of Amusement Parks & Industries (IAAPI) will stage its eighth annual trade show this February in Mumbai. Nick Towle looks ahead to the three-day event.
The IAAPI Trade Show is the largest event of its kind in India and is getting bigger and better by the year. The respective 30 per cent and 100 per cent increase in exhibitors and visitors at last year’s event was yet more evidence of India’s burgeoning amusement and leisure industries, which are thought to be on the cusp of another explosive period of growth – greater even than in China.
Thousands of visitors are expected at this year show and exhibitors from as many as 60 different countries will participate, including Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and USA.
Now in its eighth successive year, the event also provides a chance for industry leaders to discuss critical issues such as a possible exemption from entertainment tax. IAAPI is striving to get the industry acknowledged as a vital part of social infrastructure, and continues to act as a united voice for all those involved in amusement and leisure.
On the event’s opening day (Wednesday), IAAPI will also present its annual awards in recognition of various groups’ outstanding contributions to the industry. The ceremony will take place at the Hotel Princess in Juhu.
The IAAPI Trade Show will take place from February 14 to 16 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon East, Mumbai. www.iaapi.org