IAAPA Expo 2023 Singapore Opening

The Global Attractions Industry congregated in Singapore for IAAPA Expo Asia 2023 in June

IAAPA Expo Asia welcomed 5,300 registered attendees from 75 different countries and regions to Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore for the premier event for the attractions industry held from 13 to 16 June 2023. This included 3,764 qualified buyers from 2,145 buying companies.

This is IAAPA’s first major gathering in the Asia Pacific region since 2019, showcasing the resilience and determination of the global attractions community. After a challenging period of global uncertainty, the Expo represents a symbolic milestone, signifying the industry’s comeback and renewed commitment to delivering unparalleled entertainment experiences to visitors worldwide. 

Opening of IAAPA Expo 2023 at Sands Expo in Singapore on 14 June 2023.
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  “This year’s event allowed our industry to gather in the Asia Pacific region for an important expo event.Our Singapore show will serve as marker in our industry as we continue regional recovery efforts and is our new baseline for how we grow in the future.” 

Jakob Wahl, IAAPA’s president and chief executive officer

The exhibition at IAAPA Expo Asia 2023 featured more than 7,000 square net meters and 287 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services. There were 64 first-time exhibitors. Additionally, the event offered a comprehensive lineup of educational sessions covering various topics, such as industry trends, guest experience, operations, and sustainability. 

Sponsors for this year’s event include 11 Skies, accesso, Brogent Technologies Inc., Cosm Inc., DOF Robotics, Gateway Ticketing Systems, Kraftwerk Living Technologies, Leisure Development Partners LLP, Outdoor Factory, PGAV Destinations, Polin Waterparks, Sanderson Global, Simtec Systems, Storibox, Storyland Studios, Inc., TAIT, Vekoma Rides Manufacturing B.V., and Water Technology Inc. (WTI). 

IAAPA Expo Asia 2024 will occur in Bangkok, Thailand from 27 to 30 May 2024. 115 exhibitors have confirmed with 4,600 net square metres of space booked.

Singapore Represents: Restaurant Absurdities

ABSURDITIES: The World’s Most Absurd Restaurant was one of the exhibitors. The immersive dining experience involves engaging all the senses in a truly tactile immersive atmosphere with an actual set building without using flat surface projections. Guests are transported through time, space and fiction.

Restaurant Absurdities Vol 1 by AndsoForth was awarded the 2022 THEA Awards for Outstanding Achievement by the Themed Entertainment Association.

We visited Absurdities in February last year for a birthday celebration. Check out our video below.

Brass Ring Best Exhibit Awards for IAAPA Expo Asia 2023

Winners for the IAAPA Brass Ring Best Exhibit Awards at IAAPA Expo Asia 2023 were announced on the second day the trade show floor was open. The Brass Ring is synonymous with spectacular achievement and dates to the 1800s when rings were hung on carousels to pose a fun challenge for riders. Those who successfully grabbed a ring while riding the carousel earned a prize which included an additional free ride.

The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards honour this tradition by celebrating achievements of excellence throughout the global attractions industry. Applicants were judged on their booth design, branding, staffing, product in booth, and overall appeal.

“With more than 75 entries, IAAPA is thrilled to have selected the top six winners for IAAPA Expo Asia’s Brass Ring Award programme. Marking the return of our premier event with exhibit winners is a tremendous way to elevate the excitement that’s been building around our Singapore event.”

Jakob Wahl, IAAPA president and chief executive officer

Winners from IAAPA Expo Asia 2023 are as follows:

  • 9-27 square meters, First Place, Mascot Enterprise Pte Ltd, Booth L2028
  • 9-27 square meters, Second Place, Shiji Group, Booth L306
  • 36-54 square meters, First Place, FULL DOME PRO. Co., Ltd., Booth L512
  • 36-54 square meters, Second Place, DEI, Booth L329
  • 63 square meters and larger, First Place, WhiteWater, Booth L1535
  • 63 square meters and larger, Second Place, DOF Robotics, Booth L1513


IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located attractions representing leading industry attractions, supplier companies, consultants, and individual members from over 100 countries. It unifies the attractions community, connects people to learn and grow together, and strives to promote the highest professional standards for excellence and safety worldwide. Its members include professionals from amusement parks, theme parks, attractions, water parks, resorts, family entertainment centres, zoos, aquariums, science centres, museums, cruise lines, manufacturers and suppliers.

Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, US, IAAPA also maintains offices in Brussels, Belgium; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; and, Mexico City, Mexico 

All photos and videos shot with the Xiaomi 13 Pro

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