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RAAPA Expo Autumn 2021 - Seeking New Opportunities Under Adversity!

RAAPA Expo Autumn 2021 - Seeking New Opportunities Under Adversity!

Jasmin Zhuang/Sophia Liang

The 15th Moscow International Exhibition "Amusement Rides and Entertainment Equipment RAAPA EXPO AUTUMN-2021" was held from October 11 to October 13, 2021 in Pavilion 55 at VDNH. About 70 companies representing Russia, Belarus, Italy and China was attended. And 1,850 specialists attended to this three-day expo including heads and top managers of amusement parks, family entertainment centers, water parks, representatives of city and regional administrations, developers and investors, owners and directors of recreation houses, hotels, resorts, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of entertainment equipment, individual entrepreneurs, media representatives and other parties of concern. Among the special guests of the exhibition should be noted Dmitry Svishchev - Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture and Sports.

To prevent the risk of the spread of coronavirus, all the necessary safety conditions and requirements of Rospotrebnadzor were observed in the exhibition pavilion. According to the reviews of the majority of participants, the effect of the RAAPA EXPO AUTUMN-2021 exceeded all expectations, especially taking into consideration the pandemic conditions in which it was held. This year’s Expo covered all the main directions of the amusement industry such as: park rides, amusement machines and simulators, VR-attractions, kiddie and sports grounds, shooting galleries, rope parks, access control devices, automation systems, water parks, vending equipment, thematic design and decoration of entertainment facilities, vending and prize machines, park design services, etc. Among the novelties of the last exhibition, one can note a curling complex with full automation, like in a bowling alley, presented by CURLING LITE company. This game complex is designed for installation in arcades, restaurants and recreation houses. Another trend of RAAPA EXPO AUTUMN has become the water sports simulators "Artificial Wave for Surfing", towing equipment for water skiing, and swimming pools and ponds, presented by WORLDEX SPORT company. It is also worth noting the JB GROUP company, specializing in the design of interiors of public spaces, presented stylish small architectural forms, pots of various shapes and textures made of composite materials and artificial stone and other products.

As usual, manufacturers of virtual and augmented reality equipment stood out at the exhibition including FORPOST, TOP-VR, HELLO IO, VR-WARTA and other companies. One of the features of this year is the emphasis on rides with full immersion in the virtual space for team games. One of the most frequently attended was the booth of the Universal Terminal Systems company from Tomsk, a manufacturer of entertainment and educational interactive equipment for children and adults, which presented its flagship products at the exhibition including augmented reality air hockey, an interactive sandbox, an interactive floor, among others. Attractions, kiddie playgrounds and inflatable play equipment were presented by permanent RAAPA EXPO exhibitors such as Antonio Zamperla SPA, RIF, ATTRAPLAST, AeroMir, Volgograd attractions, Vostok, Air Palace Factory, ITALPARK, the Carousel Group of Companies, Pax-Design, SPARTA, Factory of Attractions and other companies.

Traditionally the exhibition has been accompanied by a rich business program. More than 150 specialists from Russia and the CIS countries took part in various events. Trainings and master classes were conducted by leading Russian and foreign experts. The main attention was paid to the issues of increasing sales, financial security, as well as new directions of work of amusement industry enterprises. Among the events there were several seminars: “How to keep and increase consumer’s interest to the entertainment center” (conducted by Lyudmila Kiseleva - business consultant, an expert in the creation and management of family entertainment centers), “Automation systems and financial security of parks. Legislative requirements for the formation of cash register receipts (From a Strict Accountability) when using automated systems" (conducted by Ivan Assmus - General Director of the Game-Keeper company), and "Problems of legislative regulation of supervision over trampolines, rope parks and attractions" (conducted by V.A. Gnezdilov - Chairman of TK-427 "Safety of Amusement Rides" of Rosstandart). Several business trainings were also held: "Secrets of the highly profitable operation of prize arcade and shooting gallery attractions" (conducted by Nikolay Dolzhansky - head of the BOLID group of companies) and "Radical increase in ticket sales of an amusement park" (conducted by Sergey Kalmykov - international expert, executive director of the "Enterto" company). A large number of participants were gathered at the conference titled, "Entertainment business in a changing economic environment: new areas of work and tools for development" and a round table titled, "New models of buying / selling amusement rides and entertainment equipment". Also, within the framework of the autumn exhibition, the classes of the RAAPA Education Center were resumed under the program "Safety and efficiency of amusement rides operation" (October 11 - 15).

The coronavirus pandemic has had an extremely negative influence on the development of the amusement industry around the world, but gradually the industry is returning to normal. Of course, the working conditions have changed, but the active interest of specialists shown in the RAAPA EXPO AUTUMN 2021 suggests that the entertainment business is striving to overcome difficulties. The RAAPA autumn exhibition and the events held within its framework have shown their relevance and demand among representatives of the amusement industry, helping them to get out of the current crisis and find new solutions for work. For many years, the RAAPA EXPO has remained the main business platform where the exchange of experience between the amusement industry experts takes place, the latest achievements in the production of entertainment equipment are presented, and new ideas and projects are born that contribute to the improvement of the leisure sector in our country. We are looking forward to seeing you at the 24th International Exhibition "RAAPA EXPO-2022" (March 16-18, 2022, Moscow, VDNH, Pavilion 57).

※The article is published in the GTI Magazine Issue No. 203 in December2021

 
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