ECA Team

Ed Shaw

Hong Kong | Los Angeles
[email protected]

Edward Shaw is an ECA Principal with broad and extensive experience delivering strategic positioning, business planning, and project feasibility analyses for public and private clients in the destination and entertainment development industry.

Ed advises on land use options and overall project feasibility while delivering customized market demand, program, financial and economic impact assessments. His clients have included entertainment and attraction companies, major and minor league professional sports franchises, resort developers, stadium and venue developers, and municipalities throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Prior to ECA, Ed was a Senior Associate with AECOM where he was a leading member of the Sports + Venues economics practice. Mr. Shaw joined AECOM as part of its acquisition of Economics Research Associates (ERA) where he was a member of the Entertainment and Recreation Practice Group. Project work included assessments of major destination attractions, theme parks, stadiums, arenas, multi-sport venues, golf courses, resorts, waterparks, entertainment anchored retail, and museums.

Selected global projects/clients: Warner Bros. Discovery; Universal Parks & Resorts including US Beijing Resort; Cirque du Soleil; Lionsgate; MGM Studios; National Basketball Association including China attraction development; Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Malaysia); LEGOLAND and Merlin Entertainments Group; Saudi Entertainment Ventures; Olympia Development/Ilitch Holdings – The District Detroit; HGS Falls Tourism Strategy (Guizhou, China); Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego); KidZania; Providence Park (Portland, Oregon, USA); Los Angeles NFL Stadium and Surrounding Development (City of Industry, California, USA); 2018/2022 United States FIFA World Cup Bid; Camelback Ranch Los Angeles Dodgers/Chicago White Sox Spring Training Stadium (Glendale, Arizona, USA); Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, Utah, USA); College Football Hall of Fame (Atlanta, Georgia, USA).

Ed has conducted on-site project work in the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica, Turkey, Russia, Czech Republic, India, KSA, Bahrain, and U.A.E.

Mr. Shaw holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale University where he was a member of the Men’s Varsity Golf Team, and an M.S. in Finance and Development from the New York University (NYU) Tisch Center for Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Management.

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)
Themed Entertainment Association (TEA)

Industry Presentations

ECA/Blooloop Global Attraction Landscape Launch Webinar, 2022

Blooloop Live! V-Expo Presentation – Attraction Industry Trends: Middle East, 2021

Entertainment Experience Evolution Conference Panel – Hard Facts and Data, 2018

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Program for Los Angeles Convention Center, 2013

Economic Insights Across Markets and Products, Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Summit, 2012-2013

Large Scale Entertainment Development, Guest Lectures for Analysis of Urban Real Estate Markets Class at University of Southern California, 2010-2013

The Impact of Professional Sports Stadium & Arena Facilities on Local Economies, Testimony provided to California State Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Oversight Hearing, 2010

Industry Publications

Europe, the Middle East, and Africa: the evolving regional attractions industry,  InPark Magazine, 2022

IP, staycations, giga projects & more: attractions trends 2022, Blooloop InDepth, 2022

Observation wheels: a history (and a new lease of life for the 21st century), Blooloop InDepth interview, 2021

Update on Asia: International IP development trends across Asia, InPark, 2017

Asia Parks Snapshot: Key players and projects in the expanding Asian leisure markets, InPark Magazine, 2015

ECA Attraction Market Profile: Singapore/Southern Malaysia Multi-Theme Park Hub, Blooloop, 2013