The annual Global Gaming Expo gets in full swing Tuesday with 413 companies representing 65 countries expected to attend.
The count, according to American Gaming Association and Reed Exhibitions figures, is an increase of more than 4 percent compared to last year and the most since 2009.
“This is the first time we’ve seen significant growth year-over-year since 2007, and we are extremely encouraged by the sales numbers and what they mean for the casino gaming industry,” said Courtney Muller, senior vice president at Reed. “Additionally, G2E’s attendance numbers are tracking ahead of last year’s event, indicating a strong interest by industry buyers to discover new products and services that will contribute to the success of their businesses.”
The G2E, which runs through Thursday, is the premier trade show and conference event for the international gaming entertainment industry. The Expo provides gaming professionals with access to cutting-edge products and technologies, valuable networking opportunities, and unmatched educational programming.
This year 120 exhibitors from 16 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Taiwan, the U.K. and the U.S., will make their debut.
“We are excited to welcome all of the new exhibitors to G2E 2012,” said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. “The G2E show floor is poised to be the event’s largest since 2008 and once again will allow attendees to experience the latest technologies, products and services that will shape the gaming industry for years to come.”
Other attractions at G2E will be appearances by NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer, Rick and son Corey Harrison of the smash TV show Pawn Stars based in downtown Las Vegas, along with 2012 Playboy Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg. The celebs will be part of Bally exhibits and new games located at booth #1127 on the convention floor.
Bowyer is scheduled to be at the Bally booth Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until noon.
The Harrisons are there Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Swedberg will appear Wednesday from 2-4 p.m.