F&B finds the spotlight

Sep 28, 2004 11:05 AM

Global Gaming Expo (G2E) will debut two new exhibit pavilions focusing on the hottest product and service solutions in food and beverage (F&B) and casino resort design at the Las Vegas Convention Center next week.

The two new areas of the show floor join three returning pavilions that will highlight bingo, interactive gaming, and security and surveillance. Each of the five pavilions will be supported by a full conference slate within the G2E conference, the largest educational event in the world for the gaming industry.

"Combined with the action on the main show floor, these additions make G2E the largest, most comprehensive business-to-business marketplace in the gaming industry," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). "The pavilions highlight the latest trends in emerging growth sectors, giving casino executives a first look at the products and services they need to keep pace in the increasingly diversified industry. Attendees know there is no better way to stay on top of what’s new than to attend G2E."

The new F&B Pavilion, themed A Night on the Town, will feature more than 40 top F&B vendors in 8,000 square feet of exhibit space. Arranged in a unique circular boulevard, vendors will showcase products ranging from food service equipment and supplies to technology, décor and other products. Featured exhibitors include the Coca-Cola Company, Oneida, Pepsi-Cola, Island Oasis, Ocean Spray, Classic Wines of California and Cardinal Glassware.

Also new at G2E, the Design & Décor Pavilion will feature 5,000 square feet of exhibit space created to help gaming executives keep pace with the cutting-edge products and services that will literally change the face of the industry.

Casino operators will have the opportunity to inspect products and services in areas such as interior design, themed environments, spa, architecture, land use, construction, signage, décor, landscape architecture, furniture/fixtures and golf course designers. Featured exhibitors include BCM Architectural, Gotta Have It Golf, Preserved Treescapes International and Summit Structures.

G2E will also welcome the return of three popular exhibit pavilions from last year’s show that focuses on key growth sectors in the industry.

According to the Council on Competitiveness, 88 percent of top executives rate security as a high priority for their companies. G2E’s Security & Surveillance Pavilion addresses this concern by featuring world-class suppliers of security devices and services showcasing products in the areas of facial recognition software, access control, monitoring, alarms, security vehicles and consulting services.

"The G2E show provides a great forum for our company to demonstrate the latest developments in video security and surveillance technologies to gaming professionals," said Frank Ambram, vice president of Panasonic Security Systems. "The gaming category represents an important, continually growing business category for us, and G2E delivers the audience we want to reach."

Since the 2001 introduction of the pavilion, G2E has experienced a more than 400 percent increase in registered attendees specific to bingo and charitable gaming. Featured exhibitors include Electronic Game Solutions, Fortunet, Game Tech International, Jenosys Technologies, Melange Computer Services, Planet Bingo and Rocket Games.