Thank you for visiting our booth at IAAPI 21st Amusement Expo Mumbai

DP Leisure had a great week in Mumbai at the IAAPI expo which saw up to 3,500 visitors a day walking the show floor meeting suppliers and other operators in the first show since 2020.  Taking front stage the 360 play booth had a record amount of enquiries showing how strong the growth in the FEC sector is across India.

“We were literally overwhelmed with the volume of enquiries we received on the booth during the three day show demonstrating the strength in growth of FEC’s in India particularly from western brand and operational models.  I would like to personally congratulate all at IAAPI for putting on such a great show in 2023. Founder and Managing Director DP Group and 360 Play Ltd

DPA are looking forward to following up all enquiries at the show as 360 continues to look at ways to deliver its unique brand of FEC to new families in new territories.

DP Associates Group are Proud to be Back at IAAPI 21st Amusement Expo Mumbai

With just under one week till the opening of the 2023 IAAPI Amusement Expo DPA are excited to be back in India with 360 Play as Proud Show Sponsors but also taking space on the show floor for the first time.  The Expo is to be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre Mumbai from the 1st of March to the 3rd of March.

“This is the first show back since 2020 and we are so pleased to be going back out to meet with industry friends and make new contacts at this exciting time for the amusement industry in India.  This show is the ideal platform for us to launch Partnership opportunities for 360 play sites across India as the sector is rebuilding strongly after the global Pandemic. “ Quoted Duncan Phillips, Founder and managing Director of the DP Group.

360 play will be taking front row space on the show floor at booth B1 as we relaunch 360 play Partnership opportunities to the Indian market post the Pandemic.  During the show Founder of the group Duncan Phillips will be speaking at the IAC Discussion Panel Event about the Future of the Indoor Amusement Centres in India to providing a global perspective on this fast growing FEC sector.  360 Play are also this year’s proud event sponsors for the National Award of Excellence event and Gala Dinner.  A keystone event in the sector calendar where success is rewarded and best in class shared for both operators and suppliers.


“The three day exhibition will provide a platform to share and learn new ideas. Big players from the Indian industry will share their learning, innovative ideas, schemes and experience. Many important issues related to the amusement industry will also be discussed in depth. IAAPI Amusement Expo brings a comprehensive range of products and services offered by the industry under one roof. It provides an opportunity to interact with the end users. “ IAAPI 

Duncan Phillips gives thanks for the support through his term as BALPPA Chairman

The BALPPA Annual Dinner on the 9th January marked the handing over of the BALPPA Chair role from Duncan Phillips to Terry Monkton of Simworx.  The annual event hosted at the Sea life London marked the end of Duncan’s two years as Chairman following two years as Vice Chairman.  

Joined by his wife Sarah Duncan spoke of his time as Chairman giving thanks to the support he has received;

I would like to start by thanking to all the BALPPA Management committee who volunteer their time to push forward the industry while supporting it in times of need.  

The BALPPA executive team of Paul, Lisa and Kim, who work behind the scenes to make events like this happen, but most impotently give us the operations of an industry association we all shelter under at times of need.  

My past Chairman Richard, and incoming Chairman Terry, thank you for your continued commitment to the association and skills you willing share every day. 

But finally I want to thank you the industry for allowing me to serve as your chairman through what has been the most turbulent, challenging, scary, but most of all rewarding time for me.  My first opportunity to serve the industry was at a BALPPA visit to our Family theme Park in 1984, helping serve food and drinks to members during the visit.  Now slightly older but still young at heart you have given me the opportunity to serve you as Chairman, thank you.  

Over the past 18 months I have had the opportunity to get round many member attractions and organisations,  thank you all for the warm welcome I have experienced in every location. At each visit I have been reminded how diverse yet how similar we all are, the common passion to deliver great experiences and products to our guests unifies our industry at every level.  I continue to be inspired by these visits and hope to continue to visit more over the coming years thank you.

Duncan remains on the board to continue to support the industry as it recovers from the impacts of the Pandemic, serving as past Chairman for a further two years.  He remains committed to the organisation and his personal passion to increase a diverse membership of individuals as well as organisations in BALPPA to help support career pathways in the industry he loves.

2023 Sees DPA Launch Partnership Opportunities in India

2023 sees the launch of new partnership opportunities for the 360 Play Brand of FECs outside of the traditional UK market.  Following the Global Pandemic at DPA we have been concentrating on the positive outcomes from this most challenging of times for the Leisure and Hospitality Sector.  One of those positive outcomes has been the transformation of how we run our face to face operations from a central head office.  We have re-developed our standard operating procedures, remote management tools and operational frameworks for governance and compliance remotely. 

Following these advances in operational support systems we can now support the business model in new territories not before viable for us to enter.

“Due to changes in the way we had to operate through the pandemic we have developed new efficient ways to deliver management operations remotely.  Pre the Pandemic most of our processes relied on in person management, this all had to change in 2020 but the up side was new ways of working which would mean we can support a management team in Mumbai India as easily as Basildon in the UK from our HO here in Milton Keynes.”  Serena Lawrence, Head of Operations at DPL 

The DPA team are now looking for partners in the following regions who want to share in the successful business model and customer experience that is 360 play. DPL will be attending the upcoming IAAPI 2023 Expo on March the 1st where the partnership packages will be officially launched.

Contact a member of the team on

IAAPA Expo Runners Leave Footprints From the Heart

The 16th annual 5K run/1-mile walk benefits Give Kids The World

As the sun rose on Thursday, Nov. 17, attractions professionals from around the world began affixing their race numbers and stretching their legs in anticipation of the 16th Annual IAAPA Footprints From the Heart 5K Run/1-Mile Walk Benefitting Give Kids The World Village.

Held on-site at Give Kids The World Village, the event attracted individual IAAPA Expo attendees, as well as groups of employees from exhibiting companies.

Runners warming up

Sophie Masse, marketing specialist at Falcon’s Creative Group, attended the run with several of her colleagues. “At Falcon’s, we’ve been doing the race here every single year for a very long time, so it’s a cause that’s close to our hearts,” she shares. “This is my second year personally doing it, and last year we had such a fun time … it’s just great to get together with your coworkers to do it and help motivate yourself.”

Runners at the start

The event drew in many international participants as well, with 35 individuals from the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) opting to run. Duncan Phillips, United Kingdom-based theme park and family entertainment center (FEC) operator and chairman of BALPPA, detailed his long relationship with Footprints From the Heart.

Duncan Phillips Duncan Phillips

“I came here ten or eleven years ago, saying, ‘Well, I’ve never run in my life, but I’m just going to run it,’ and I’ve not missed one since,” he reflects. “I just think [Give Kids The World] is an amazing organization, and for me, it rounds off what we do in the industry. It puts a smile on everyone’s faces, and nobody needs it more than those here.”

Give Kids The World provides cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families. The week-long vacation includes visits to beloved Orlando area attractions and theme parks.

Before the start of the race, 2022 IAAPA Chairman of the Board, Ken Whiting, welcomed the crowd and thanked sponsors for supporting the event. Pamela Landwirth, president and CEO of Give Kids The World, also took the stage.

“I know you’re getting ready to walk the show floor. From what I understand, that’s 11 miles, so this is going to seem like a piece of cake for you this morning,” she joked. Landwirth then took a more sentimental turn, noting the impact that the attractions industry has had on the Village. “And when you look at the Village, every single inch of this village has been touched by IAAPA, a member, a partner, a manufacturer, a supplier. We couldn’t have this incredible village without all of you.”

After the speech concluded, IAAPA Expo attendees took off running with their attractions industry family—kicking off a new day of IAAPA Expo on a joyful and charitable note.