Leisure sector to play a pivotal role with the second edition of LeisurUp hosted by MAPIC

Major leisure trends in retail property available in exclusive MAPIC research

Paris, October 5–Hundreds of the most exciting and innovative leisure concepts shaping the industry globally will attend this year’s LeisurUp – the home of the leisure industry community – hosted by MAPIC. LeisurUp features a complete programme including an exhibition area and conference sessions. It is held in a dedicated 3,000 sqm exhibition area at the heart of MAPIC in Cannes, at the world-renowned Palais des Festivals, and will host over 50 industry exhibitors and 200 leisure operators. 

Bringing together leisure operators, landlords’ representatives, city representatives, and retailers under one roof, MAPIC 2022 is an unmissable opportunity for industry stakeholders to explore the potential of ‘retailtainment’. 

MAPIC will take place on November 29, 30 and December 1st at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

Featuring exclusive research

Consumer insights show that transforming retail centres into entertainment destinations is a trend that will remain constant in an ever-changing retail environment. Large, multi-activity, family entertainment, retail-leisure concepts, which combine sports, immersive experiences, social games, and food and beverages are the fastest-growing formats in retail destinations today.

A study by LDP (Leisure Development Partners) for MAPIC found that “operators can keep pace by using entertainment concepts to fill vacancies, drive footfall and increase guest spending, especially as the online retail industry continues to evolve”.

To read the full insights of this research, click here.

Key industry players attending LeisurUp at MAPIC include QubicaAMF, Walltopia, ECA 2, Speedpark, KCC, Mycotoo, White Water, Experience UK, Intamin, Attraktion, La tête dans les nuages, Lane 7, and Aerophile Group.

Bowling alley specialists, QubicaAMF recently worked on the largest indoor amusement and leisure park in Rouen, Normandy: Espace 360. This centre provides intergenerational entertainment that is accessible to all, with a broad and engaging offering as well as a unique social space. Espace 360, alongside QubicaAMF Ambassador Center, are some of the largest Hyper Bowling centres in France.

Guillaume Chene, Country Manager at QubicaAMF commented:”Retailtainment is continuing to gain popularity, and this is evident in the numerous development projects undertaken by French investors—and the continually growing popularity of leisure in commercial areas.”

In 2020 KCC Entertainment Design designed and created the TEKZONE FEC in Kuwait. This concept gamifies the consumer experience; visitors collect points by participating in activities, which can then be redeemed at a Starbucks or a gift shop onsite. This unique and novel approach to cross-sales and upselling works to benefit all parties involved.

Reinhart Viane, Business Development Director at KCC Entertainment Design, explained: “In order to create meaningful memories, people look for places that stimulate all their senses. Retail destinations already hold the key to providing them with this. Destinations can retake their position as places where people meet, enjoy, and stay by offering a wide range of physical and community-based activities, a strong F&B offering—and a perfect mix of entertainment and retail.”

A dedicated conference programme

Leisure’s refreshed, central role at this year’s MAPIC is also reflected in the dedicated conference track. This year’s educational partners are TEA (Themed Entertainment Association), LDP and Licensing International.

Marie Marks, Senior Vice President of Themed Entertainment at Paramount, who is responsible for overseeing the licensing for all brands within the Paramount Global portfolio, will open the speaking programme with a keynote.

The programme will also cover topics including new business models to integrate leisure in retail destinations; brand activations in physical places; the power of IP (trademark license); and how to enrich the consumer experience with art and culture.

On Wednesday, November 30th, a dedicated closed-door “Leisure Workshop” will gather a selection of landlords, asset and property managers, alongside leisure operators and manufacturers.  This exclusive networking event will focus on new business models, the latest location-based entertainment trends—and how these projects can shape lifestyle destinations.

See the full conference programme here with a detailed description of all the leisure sessions. 

Leisure at the MAPIC Awards

The MAPIC Awards 2022 will include a special category dedicated to the Best Leisure Concept, creating a new benchmark for the largest, global leisure projects. The awards have already seen a record number of submissions, with more than 30 successful projects launched within the leisure sector—all of which will be present at MAPIC 2022. Submissions span concepts that combine sports (such as urban surfing, bowling, and bouldering), with culture (immersive shows or digital art), and educational parks, showcasing how leisure activities can be integrated within retail destinations. 


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