2003 'PARKS' SHOW IS SECOND LARGEST IN IAAPA HISTORY
ORLANDO, FL - The second largest show in the history of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions drew an estimated 30,062 visitors and exhibitors from 87 countries for the Nov. 17-22 event held here at the Orange County Convention Center. The breakdown was roughly 80% U.S. visitors and 20% foreign visitors. IAAPA's 85th show featured 1,253 exhibitors in well over half a million square feet of exhibit floor space. "I must say, we went into this year's show with some optimism," said outgoing IAAPA chairman John Collins. "But we couldn't have predicted this would be one of our greatest shows ever." Exhibitors agreed. Benchmark's Richard Long said the show pulled buyers, not "tire-kickers." "This is our ninth year and we'll definitely be back."
IAAPA, EUROPEAN PARKS ASSOCIATION PLAN NEW EURO EXPO
ALEXANDRIA, VA , The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, based here, and the European Association Amusement Supplier Industry (http://www.eaasi.org), headquartered in Brussels, have signed a letter of intent to form a new company, of equal shareholding, to own and manage what they say will be Europe's largest parks industry show. The new event will represent all amusement parks, fairs, manufacturers, carnivals and attractions throughout Europe. Organizers said the show and its educational programs would enhance relationships within the industry by providing one voice towards future improvement. "The strength of the partnership is combining IAAPA's role for the industry worldwide and EAASI's expertise in the European market," said IAAPA president Clark Robinson. "It will offer a single meeting point for the European amusement industry," added EAASI president Wieland Schwarzkopf. The two organizations expect to finalize an agreement by Dec. 10.
SAN ANTONIO POLICE SEIZE 133 EIGHT-LINERS, ARREST FIVE
SAN ANTONIO, TX , Police here removed 133 eight-liner video game machines from two locations on opposite ends of town on Nov. 21, hauling the equipment away in a tractor-trailer according to the San Antonio Express-News. One location was a food market, the other an entertainment spot. In related news, police in Vernon, TX, have begun warning operators of eight-liner parlors to award only merchandise, not gift certificates. The Texas Supreme Court ruled in April that awarding gift certificates was no different from awarding cash and, accordingly, is illegal under state gambling statutes. By the way, the number of people arrested in connection with recent "redemption video" gambling raids in Volusia and St. Johns counties in Florida has risen to six; local sources say another person is being sought for arrest.
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