Gamers set to converge on Las Vegas

Sep 28, 2004 11:08 AM

More than 25,000 gaming industry professionals are expected to pour into Las Vegas next week for the annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E) at the Convention Center.

More than 700 exhibitors are expected to participate in this year’s trade show, which is predicted to be the largest since G2E was created four years ago.

In addition to its massive exhibit hall, the G2E conference sessions will focus on topics of interest to gamers from around the world.

In addition to hot topics such as hotel security, international gaming, tribal casinos and interactive gaming, G2E has added tracts for the food and beverage aspect of hotel-casinos, and the impact of poker on gaming throughout the country.

Overall, G2E has expanded its conference program this year to include more than 100 sessions, as well as 30 intensive sessions in the G2E Training & Development Institute.

What does the future hold for international gaming expansion, Native American casinos and Âí­casino design and décor? Senior leaders from relevant sectors of the industry will focus on these issues and more as part of G2E’s new Signature Series, a trio of roundtable events providing in-depth discussion of the emerging issues impacting gaming.

"No event but G2E provides as much insight from top business leaders on the key issues facing our industry today," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. "Today’s gaming industry is diversifying so quickly, it’s sometimes difficult to keep up. The addition of the Signature Series, new conference tracks and senior-level speakers throughout the program give attendees a leg up on what’s important now and how to prepare for the future."

The Signature Series will kick off Tuesday with Design & Décor: The Shape of the Casino of the Future. Phil Satre, chairman of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., will lead a discussion of the challenges of financing, building and operating today’s destination resort casinos, as well as debut preliminary research data on the future of casino design from the G2E Future Watch Series.

On Wednesday, International Challenges and Opportunities: Exploring the Possibilities will examine major issues facing the global gaming industry and what the industry can and must do to overcome them. The discussion, moderated by Frank McFadden, CEO of Casinos Austria International, will include Peter Bacon, CEO of Sun International (South Africa); Alex Husak, chairman and managing director of SAZKA; Armin Karu, chairman of the management board of Olympic Casino Group; Antonio Martinez Segui, director of AM Corp; and Edmund So of the Stanley Ho Organization (Asia).

The Signature Series will conclude Thursday with Leading by Example: A Native American Tribal Leaders Roundtable, moderated by Ernie Stevens, chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association.

All three Signature Series events will take place from 9-9:50 a.m. in Room S219 in the G2E Conference Area on the second floor of the south halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.