By KEN WARD
Coming off a successful 2002 show, Global Gaming Expo’s bookings are running 25 percent ahead of its 2003 edition.
Organizers for industry’s premier trade exhibition and conference report that floor space at the Las Vegas Convention Center is already 80 percent sold out.
And the show isn’t until September.
"As our industry’s regulatory issues continue to evolve, as the number of gaming and entertainment facilities worldwide continues to grow, and as gaming technology continues to advance, the need for a forum like G2E for buying, education and overall gaming industry networking is critical," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association.
"Attendance figures for G2E 2002 increased more than 50 percent over the previous year, a reflection of the overall health of gaming entertainment. More importantly, these numbers continued to include the quality of attendee so important to promoting long-term business growth."
G2E, organized by the American Gaming Association and Reed Exhibitions, said its final verified figures for last fall’s event showed a total attendance of 13,652. That included 11,071 people visiting 620 exhibitors and 2,581 attending conference sessions.
This year’s show ”” running Sept. 16-18 ”” expects to exceed those numbers.
"This show is successful because G2E organizers involve buyers and sellers, U.S. and international interests, and all parties involved in the gaming industry with the planning of the show," said Bruce Rowe, vice president, slot operations, research and development, at Harrah’s Entertainment.
"G2E is the place to network with the industry and have a chance to see, test and purchase the industry’s leading products. For manufacturers and other exhibitors, the show has delivered on its promise to attract the purchasing decision makers. If you’re only going to go to one industry show it would have to be G2E."
Lorenz Hassenstein, vice president for Reed Exhibitions, said, "Three words make a trade show a success: return on investment. The AGA and Reed are committed to delivering that return. Selling and buying at G2E is extremely active, and the exchange of ideas and best practices is boundless. We’re pleased to have provided what has turned into one of the strongest business-to-business forums for both the gaming and trade show industries alike."
The attendee profile at G2E 2002 included thousands of senior-level purchasing executives from the world’s leading gaming companies, such as Ameristar Casinos, Inc.; Argosy Gaming Company; Aztar Corporation; Boyd Gaming Corporation; Coast Casinos; Foxwoods; Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.; Horseshoe Gaming; Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.; Kerzner International Resorts, Inc.; MGM MIRAGE; Mohegan Sun, Park Place Entertainment Corporation; Penn National Gaming; Pinnacle Entertainment; and Station Casinos.
"Strong attendance, the quality of the conference, and new product availability clearly indicate the industry’s satisfaction with and support of our event," adds Hassenstein. "We look forward to continuing to deliver a stellar event for the industry for the third year in a row."
For more information on attending or exhibiting, visit the G2E website at www.globalgamingexpo.com.