Hot on the heels of a similar event this summer, a new conference targeting the theme park and attractions industry is scheduled next month in Shanghai
With Asia-wide theme park attendance forecast to be as high as 290 million by the end of this year and spending up from US$6.4 billion to $8.4 billion, it’s no wonder new theme parks, resorts and casinos are scheduled to open from Singapore to Seoul – including Shanghai Disneyland – targeting Asia’s rapidly growing middle classes.
Theme Park & Resorts World Asia Congress, which takes place from October 24 to 26 at the Intercontinental Pudong hotel, comprises a pre-conference workshop and two days of seminars followed by an optional visit to the Happy Valley Shanghai theme park and Sheshan National Tourist Resort on Saturday, October 27. The event is expected to bring property developers, theme park operators, entertainment companies, designers, suppliers and consultants together to share insight into park and resort development, and explore new business opportunities.
The full conference agenda had yet to be released at the time of writing, but topics and themes include the transformation of theme parks into integrated resorts to cater to “staycation” trends; the challenges and opportunities of developing home-grown theme parks to cater to Asian idiosyncracies; waterpark design; the Disneyland experience in Asia; Universal Studios’ theme park expansion strategy; LivePark in South Korea’s achievements in pushing the limits of entertainment; simulation and virtual reality; and maximising ancillary revenues.
*Should you miss this particular confererence, you won’t have that long to wait until Noppen stages its third China Theme Park & Resort Expansion Summit at a Shanghai venue to be announced. Park World is an official media partner of both events and will endeavour to bring you some of the highlights in upcoming issues.
A visit to Happy Valley Shanghai (pictured) is scheduled after Theme Park & Resorts World Asia Congress