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The 17th International exhibition “Amusement Rides and Entertainment Equipment RAAPA EXPO-2015” was successfully held on March 5-7, 2015, at Pavilion 75 of VDNH. 

The exhibition was organized by Russian Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (RAAPA), with the support of International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). The General Sponsor of the exhibition was PAX Group of companies, the General Information Sponsor – Amusement Industry Catalogue, magazine. Official web partner of the exhibition was internet portal VTORIO.COM.

About 200 companies from 23 countries of the world (Australia, China, the USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, the UK, Latvia, Ukraine, Turkey, Poland, Belarus, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain etc.) participated in the exhibition. There were 24 new participating companies, which speaks for the opportunities and development of the amusement market in Russia. 

During three days of the exhibition it was visited by about 4000 specialists: managers and top-managers of amusement parks, family entertainment centers, water parks, representatives of cities’ and regions’ administrations, developers and investors, owners and directors of leisure complexes, hotels, resorts, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of amusement equipment, individual entrepreneurs, mass media representatives and other parties concerned.

The exhibition RAAPA EXPO-2015 demonstrated current trends of the international amusement market, modern technologies and forms of leisure which will make the visitors of parks, water parks and family entertainment centers happy before long.

The guests duly appreciated the newest high tech solutions of the industry: amusement rides, amusement machines, 5D-cinemas and interactive simulators, video and interactive games, access control and operation devices of FECs, sports and play equipment, kiddie playgrounds, shooting galleries, laser tags, light and sound equipment, trampolines, animatronics, water park equipment, electro- and velomobiles, go-karts, bowling, billiards equipment, vending machines, prize machines, services on design of amusement parks, water parks and family entertainment centers, landscape design, F&B services for parks and FECs and many others.

Let’s emphasize some interesting trends and novelties which made the exhibition of 2015 distinguished.

One of the obvious trends of the past exhibition is the reversion to visual reality attractions. The XD-technologies having been in shade for the past few years are getting more popular at present.  Firstly it was expressed in strengthening the dynamics of the amusement rides – the new cyber platforms rotating in all planes. The plot of computer games has become more interactive, there is now an opportunity to play in a team. Yotto Technologies company expressed itself most vividly in this segment by presenting its new project – EXO-Parks.

 Outdoor and indoor kiddie playgrounds were represented significantly more noticeable this year. company represented the fragment of a playground of original ship-shaped design, and Playmake company built a whole edutainment complex at the exhibition for the smallest ones.

The segment of water parks was represented by the key players of the international market of this area – Polin Waterparks (Turkey), Wiegand.Maelzer (Germany), WhiteWater (Canada) and others.

O.D.A, Brunswick-Kidsplay, Sports Attractions, RAZAP, Game City and other companies demonstrated the novelties and the updated versions of the amusement machines.  

As the classics is always in trend, family and kiddie amusement rides were traditionally widely represented at RAAPA EXPO. Italpark, PlaySpace, Antonio Zamperla SPA, Attraktsion factory, Carrousel and Pax Group of Companies, as well as other brands, demonstrated a wide range of equipment.

This year the exhibition could boast of the outdoor exhibition space placed at the entrance of the exhibition pavilion with kiddie train surrounded by finely colored samovars as well as inflatable matrioshkas near which almost every guest of the exhibition made a picture. 

Key suppliers of fast food for parks and family entertainment centers, Business Russia, Technika Plus, Food Service companies and others, participated at RAAPA EXPO-2015.

The new separately standing section of the exhibition is “Event-services”, where the leading events organizing agencies, subcontractors and suppliers of related services (stage equipment, decorations etc.) represented themselves.

The two alma maters of physicists and lyricists – the Moscow State Institute of Culture and the Moscow State University by Lomonosov – also attended the exhibition.   The former invited the specialists to become its students, whereas the Moscow State University demonstrated technical innovations elaborated by its young specialists, in particular, own-produced 3D-helmets for simulators and virtual reality attractions.

 The best expositions of the exhibition were awarded with RAAPA golden medals. The companies awarded for the best booth expositions are:  Brunswick-KidsPlay, Polin Waterparks and Pool Systems (Turkey), Italpark, Eastern-European Company (Belarus), O.D.A., Playmake, BOLID, Business Russia, Technika Plus and Yotto Technologies.

The program of the Business Forum of RAAPA EXPO-2015 was especially highly topical. 400 specialists from all parts of Russia, as well as from the CIS countries, Spain, Finland, Germany, Canada and Turkey participated at the events of the Business Forum. Most of the participants reported, the Business Forum 2015 was more than usually outstanding for its strong panel of speakers. All reports and presentations aroused genuine interest of the audience. The participants got overall answers for their questions, could share experience with Russian and foreign colleagues and gain new knowledge from the leading experts of the world.

The leading masters of the amusement industry held several relevant business trainings and seminars for the professionals of family entertainment centers. One of the most original seminars was the practical seminar “How to turn a kitchen into a profit center of your entertainment complex” held on the premises of a specialized training center of the German company RATIONAL. The participants of the seminar had a chance to gain not only theoretical knowledge on secrets of managing a restaurant in a family entertainment center, but to try themselves as chefs. Ludmila Kiseleva, the expert with 20-year experience of work in the amusement industry, became the author of this training as well as of “Sales management of kiddie entertainment center” training. Besides, one of the most attended trainings was “Birthday celebration as a key service of a family entertainment center” held by Park Management company specialists.

This year, after a little break, in the framework of the exhibition a massive conference on water parks operation took place. The managers of the biggest water parks of the country as well as the specialists in the sphere of safety, design, automation and theming of water parks made their reports at the conference. 

The conference on trends of development of leisure parks was even of a bigger scale, covering the following topics: analysis of the market of amusement parks in Russia, difficulties of municipal parks operation, kiddie edutainment programs in parks, modern technologies of landscape lighting and theming, kiddie playgrounds and show programs rollout and other.

During the days of the exhibition several free events open to all persons concerned were held. Exhibiting companies participating at the exhibition RAAPA EXPO-2015 for the first time demonstrated their current offers in the frames of the round table “First-time exhibitor”. Having become generally familiar with the new appealing trends of the amusement market, the participants continued their communication at the booths of the companies.

The leading Russian event specialists made their reports at the round table “Events in parks”.  In the frames of the round table the most exciting amusement programs held in parks in 2014 were also pointed out. “Battle sledge” of Sokolniki park of Moscow was chosen the best event of 2014, according to the authoritative panel.

Apart from the expositions and the Business Forum, the exhibition is remembered for other exciting events.

The grand awarding of the international amusement industry prize “Golden Pony Awards Moscow 2015” took place on March, 5 at the gala dinner devoted to the opening of the exhibition – the joint event held by RAAPA and Facto Edizioni publishing house (Italy). The awardees of 2015 became: Tulskyie parki, GRINN Megacomplex (Belgorod), Poteshny dvor amusement park (Arkhangelsk), Zolotaya Bukhta water park (Gelendzhik), Stolichny park (Dushanbe, Tadzhikistan), Chicken Land entertainment center (Tver), Druzhba amusement center (Makhachkala), World of Attractions amusement park (Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan), Mir Razvlecheniy entertainment network (Khabarovsk), Sochi-park, Viking land amusement center (Pavlodar, Kazakhstan).

The jubilee of RAAPA couldn’t stay unnoticed, this year the Association is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To celebrate this event the organizers gathered all guests and partners for a friendly ceremony on the second day of the exhibition. On the last day of the exhibition, on the threshold of the International Women’s Day of the 8th of March the organizers prepared “million red roses” for beautiful ladies from exhibiting companies.

The exhibition, being the platform for communication of the industry key players, has vividly expressed the state of the amusement industry. The main point reflected by RAAPA EXPO-2015 is that the amusement industry in our country is alive and continues to develop. It is obvious to face certain kinds of problems though, and the crisis effects negatively, but the amusement business in Russia is still functioning, and RAAPA EXPO-2015 has given a good impulse to the specialists of the attractions and parks industry to “wake up” from the crisis stagnation and continue searching for the new solutions to move forward.  

We look forward to welcoming you at the forthcoming exhibitions 


The 9th International Exhibition “RAAPA EXPO Autumn-2015” 

October, 19 – 21, 2015, Moscow, VDNH, pav. 69

The 18th International Exhibition “Amusement Rides and Entertainment Equipment RAAPA EXPO-2016” 

March, 3 – 5, 2016, Moscow, VDNH, pav. 75