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Published on : Thursday, June 15, 2017
Yesterday, the Asian Attractions Expo 2017 hosted by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) was inaugurated by Ms Low Yen Ling, the senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Trade and Industry.
This would be the third time that Singapore would be hosting the event. It gives an opportunity of bringing together attraction operators from more than 50 countries. Also, it’s expected to attract over 8,000 delegates all around the world.
Spread across more than 9,000 square meters at the Marina Bay Sands, the Asian Attractions Expo this year will witness over 300 global companies showcasing their innovations and attractions to others.
The theme of the event – ‘Explore a World of New Ideas’. It includes high-tech rides, virtual reality attractions, motion simulators, water park attractions, and the newest innovation in terms of technology.
Ms Low at the opening of the three-day trade fair said that with growing numbers of rich, middle-class travelers in Asia, visitors are “becoming more discerning”, they will look for more “quality and unique experiences”.
The attractions in Asia must go up to the challenge to create new attractions and experiences in order to meet the requirements and preferences of this expanding segment of the population. To quote Ms Low, ‘to ensure that Singapore remains a destination of choice for visitors, we continuously seek to develop new attractions, and rejuvenate our existing attractions. One major example is our plan to develop Mandai into a world-class nature-themed precinct and wildlife destination. This will include a new home in Mandai for the Bird Park that is currently located in Jurong, a new Rainforest Park, a nature-themed indoor attraction, landscaped public spaces for recreation and eco-accommodation.’