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【RESULTS 】The 18th International Exhibition Amusement Rides and Entertainment Equipment RAAPA EXPO-2
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On March 3-5, 2016 the 18th International exhibition Amusement Rides and Entertainment Equipment RAAPA EXPO – 2016 was held in pavilion 75 of VDNH, Moscow. 
The exhibition Organizer is Russian Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (RAAPA), the exhibition is supported by International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). The General Sponsor of the exhibition is PAX Group of companies. The Sponsor of the exhibition is International Concept Management. The General Informational Partner is the Amusement Industry Catalogue magazine. The Official web-partner is vtorio.com. 
About 200 companies from over 20 countries of the world (including Russia, the USA, the UK, Spain, Belgium, Germany, China, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Latvia, Mexico, Australia, Belarus, Ukraine and others) took part in the exhibition. The exhibitors showcased the key trends of the modern amusement industry: amusement rides, kiddie playgrounds, entertainment equipment, 5D-cinemas and interactive simulators, sports equipment, shooting galleries, trampolines, equipment for waterparks, electric karts and velomobiles, bowling, billiards, vending and prize machines, services on park projects and design, light and sound equipment, services on organizing festive events, landscaping and theming, F&B services for outdoors and indoors, etc. 
35 first-time exhibitors participated in RAAPA EXPO, among them 13 foreign companies which have proved that the Russian market of amusement industry continues developing despite the economic challenges; new operators entering the market comprise foreign manufacturers and suppliers of entertainment equipment.
Among the novelties demonstrated at the exhibition, it is worthy to single out the line of  modern park vehicles: from gyro cycles to contemporary trackless trains. The two suppliers of karts were also outstanding – the classical gasoline karts from RIMO Germany and electric karts from OTL Karting.
RAAPA EXPO-2016 was remarkable for its great variety of equipment for active leisure, especially rope courses, climbing walls both of Russian and foreign manufacture. Sorel and FunParks mounted full-size climbing walls in the expo hall.
The regular participants of the exhibition designed new versions of amusement machines and sports simulators. A great number of companies offered their service on design and installation of waterparks (Polin Waterparks, Turkey; wiegand.maelzer GmbH, Germany; WhiteWater, Canada; Aquakita, Mexico, Daxin Water Park Construction, China and others)
The new exhibition section Amusement Industry Franchise, the turn-key business solutions, was highlighted by the organizers; operators of entertainment facilities offering their services on facility management became the exhibitors.
Following are some other interesting trends and novelties of 2016.
This year the active leisure technologies made good competition to traditional rides and play machines. New Horizons presented a series of new products from the Netherlands: interactive football gates, a musical play arch, innovative kiddie playgrounds and vandal proof DJ mixer. This year manufacturers of inflatable play equipment significantly updated their proposals which included not only trampolines, but the whole play complexes and even a mobile disco.
       Solutions for theming of parks and FECs were presented by several companies: Aira that offered concept solutions for landscaping, the booth of Aira was decorated with original interior figures and accessories for outdoors. Renaissance Group vividly demonstrated affordable means of decorating FECs – wall-painting and thematic panels.
Traditionally, classical family and kiddie rides were exhibited. Italpark, PlaySpace, Antonio Zamperla SPA, Carrousel Group of companies and PAX Group of companies and a number of other famous brands offered a wide range of products.
All key suppliers of F&B for parks and FECs, such as Business Russia, Technika+, Food Service and others while presenting their equipment and products held master classes on cooking of famous chefs.
The best expositions were awarded with RAAPA golden medals. The 10 awardees were: Brunswick-KidsPlay, Polin Waterparks (Turkey), Italpark, PlaySpace, Game City, RIF, Sparta, Aira, New Horizons and Leisure Activities (China). 
During its three days RAAPA EXPO was attended by 4000 professionals: owners and top-managers of parks, family entertainment centers, water parks, representatives of cities’ and regions’ administrations, developers and investors, owners and directors of resorts, hotels, leisure complexes, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of entertainment equipment, private entrepreneurs, representatives of mass-media and other parties of concern.
            The exhibition was accompanied by a topical business program. Around 450 specialists from Russia, the CIS countries, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Turkey, Mexico, etc. participated in various seminars, conferences, round tables. Educational sessions and master-classes were held by industry leading experts from Russia and abroad.
One of the large-scale events of the Business Forum was the conference “Strategies of development of parks of culture and leisure” that counted 120 specialists attendees. At the conference different aspects were discussed, the presentation by representatives of Regions Group of companies on the first theme park project in Moscow - Dream Island - raised the biggest interest among the participants. Besides the expositions and business program, the exhibition became memorable thanks to other bright events.
On March 3rd at the Gala Dinner devoted to the opening of the exhibition the solemn International ceremony for the amusement industry Golden Pony Awards Moscow 2016 took place, the joint event of RAAPA and the publishing house Facto Edizioni Srl, Italy. The Golden Pony Awardees 2016 became: Amusement Complex Aquapark Lebyazhy (Minsk, Belarus), Attraction-café 3 Medvedya (Samara), Belinsky Park (Penza), Bolid company (Saint-Petersburg), Fantastic Park (Almaty, Kazakhstan), FEC Focus Mocus (Tbilisi, Georgia), chain of FECs Funky Town (Uralsk, Kazakhstan), kiddie edutainment center KidBurg (Voronezh), Maza Park (Saint-Petersburg) and Park Sokolniki (Moscow).
The 10th Anniversary of the magazine Attractions & Entertainments could not go unnoticed. Especially for this occasion the expo organizers gathered its guests and partners for a friendly meeting on the second day of the exhibition. The results of the competition Park Heroes were announced, the competition was held in the anniversary issue of the magazine.
Despite the crisis, the amusement industry in Russia is developing. RAAPA EXPO-2016 showed the topical trends of world entertainment market, modern technologies and leisure formats which would bring joy to visitors of parks, waterparks and FECs in the nearest future. For  the last 17 years the exhibition has won the status of the most efficient business platform congregating  professionals of different areas of amusement industry. The exhibition assists manufacturers to sell their products and operators to choose modern equipment and find new business solutions.
RAAPA EXPO-2016 became an outstanding event of the domestic amusement industry, and made an impressive opening of the commencing park season!
Looking forward to meeting you at the forthcoming RAAPA EXPOs!
The 10th Moscow International Exhibition
RAAPA EXPO Autumn-2016
October 12 - 14, 2016, pavilion 69, VDNH, Moscow
The 19th International Exhibition
Amusement Rides and Entertainment Equipment RAAPA EXPO-2017
March 03– 04, 2017, pavilion 75, Moscow, Russia
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