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#1185 – Amazing Attractions Extravaganza! Part 1

The need to gain an idea of the impact on the industry that new trends and investments are having can be best achieved on the show floor of the big conventions. And nothing is bigger than this November trade event. We evaluate the highs and lows with a detailed six-part report. Show of Shows! The amazing 105th anniversary of the International Association of Amusement Park and Attractions European Expo (IAAPA’23), saw the Orlando County Convention Center (OCCC) play host to some 1,147 exhibitors – representing what some reported as over nine miles of aisles to traverse. All this, as well as a record number of conference sessions. The event was in support of the IAAPA trade association of some 6,000 memberships of executives, designers, consultants, and operators across the international parks, resort, attraction, amusement, and entertainment facility landscape. It was […]

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#1184 – Consuming New Entertainment!

Just before we are inundated by exclusive coverage of the trends and developments from the Orlando show floor with IAAPA 2023 – and we turn to developments in the consumer VR and IP scene with serious ramifications to the amusement and attraction scene.  Consumer VR Reality While we ready for IAAPA’23, and a show floor populated with successful commercial VR, we consider the following question: what about home VR, and its possible impact?  It has been reported by numerous sources that expectations for sales of consumer VR headsets have not been met. The reality of the high expectations of millions upon millions of sales of the current phase of VR headsets have not materialized – many are now feeling they were overly optimistic, if not delusional.  The highest selling consumer VR headset has been seen as the Meta Quest 2 […]

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#1183 – Momentum in Entertainment Landscape

Leading up to the momentous 105th anniversary of IAAPA Expo in Orlando, in a matter of days, there are some developments and new trends to squeeze into our coverage before the mammoth task of reporting from the vast Orlando show floor and gathered exhibitors. This Report looks at the key operator-based trends and developments seen in the market.  Competition and eSports In the month of October, which saw the holding of the Global Game Expo (G2E) in Vegas, developments emanated from the event that mirrored other reporting.  G2E attracted some 25,000 attendees to see over 350 exhibitors, with the impact of changing conditions in the eSports sector being felt with more developments. Thanks to the news-site Sharpr, a rundown of the vibrations rocking the market was able to be obtained.  Lunchbox, (the subsidiary of Real Luck Group) announced the suspension […]

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