Thursday, March 18, 2010

Space (Allocation): The Final Deadline Is Near

Tomorrow is your last chance to submit an exhibiting contract in time for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010 Space Allocation. Any company that doesn't get in under Friday's deadline will have to wait until after the allocation meeting, March 29-30, and take remaining space on a first-come, first-served basis.

For those who may not be familiar with this whole Space Allocation thing, here's how it works: Companies who submit their contracts for Expo ahead of time are ranked according to seniority; those who have been participating in our shows the longest get first dibs at booth space for this year's trade show floor in Orlando.

Booths are assigned by the IAAPA Space Allocation Committee, which is made up of companies from all different segments of the industry—everything from ticketing systems to redemption games to themed design to roller coaster manufacture. Over the course of two days, the committee places every company who submitted a contract prior to the meeting, which this year will probably be more than 500.

If you'd like to learn more about the process, you can check out my coverage of the meeting from last year in Las Vegas. This year we'll be going live again here at In the Queue, so you can follow along and keep tabs on when your booth is due to come up.

More to come as we get close to two of the fastest-paced days of the Expo calendar. For now, check out the official Space Allocation page for all the basic info you need for the meeting.

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