Driving Media Coverage of IAAPA Expo 2019

IAAPA Expo 2019


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Curley & Pynn was chosen to manage media relations for IAAPA Expo 2019, specifically focusing on consumer outlets. The IAAPA communications team’s long-term goal for the event was to build national media relationships that positioned the Expo as the “event of the year” for the global attractions industry.


IAAPA clearly stated one primary objective: generate more than 10 million positive consumer media impressions before, during and immediately after the Expo through Orlando, regional and national outlets, including multiday coverage from local broadcast, radio and print media.


IAAPA created event news releases, so we focused on media lists and developing targeted pitch materials backed by aggressive outreach and follow up. Research into 2019 Expo exhibitors, educational programming and press conferences revealed clear story angles for the media pitch strategy, as technology and food exhibits stood out as drivers of media interest.

Our team was first able to tour the show the day prior to opening, scouting exhibits and press conference locations that would provide strong visuals. Two team members staffed the press office throughout the week, with additional support for the Expo’s busiest days. We provided each broadcast reporter with a suggested shot list and accompanied them while on-site.

Throughout the week, we worked with IAAPA to share top Expo news announcements to further interest and coverage. After the Expo, we worked with IAAPA on an end-of-week news release and sent recap emails, photography and b-roll to outlets unable to attend. We then developed recommendations to guide planning for IAAPA Expo 2020.


We secured more than 1 billion consumer media impressions, surpassing the primary objective by 10,000% and supporting IAAPA’s goal of positioning the Expo as the industry event of the year. As a continuation of the positive partnership built, we were asked to support IAAPA on an ongoing basis through news monitoring and strategic communications counsel, as well as managing consumer media relations for IAAPA Expo 2020.