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Gaming Expo expands international offerings

Sep 28, 2004 11:09 AM

Who really represents gaming interests in Brussels? How does the international gaming community view the state of the industry? Is Macau a business opportunity or a risky experiment? Is the gaming industry at its growth limit? Will Europe ever accept the American casino model?

Experts at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) will tackle these questions and more with an expansion of international offerings this year, including more speakers, conference sessions and exhibitors providing a global perspective at the industry’s leading gaming event.

G2E’s expanded conference program will feature 13 international sessions. Nineteen speakers from Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Japan, Russia, South Africa and the United Kingdom will examine such topics as money laundering, emerging markets, player tracking and EU politics.

Sessions at the G2E Training and Development Institute, set for Monday, Oct. 4, will also include a focus on international issues.

"With the globalization of our industry, we recognized the need to place even greater emphasis on this broad exchange of information," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). "G2E helps us grow as an industry by allowing us to share our knowledge about various developments around the world as well as discuss our common challenges."

Conference sessions will help attendees understand the unique issues facing these diverse global markets with insight from top gaming executives from the international community, Fahrenkopf said. Attendees will learn the ins and outs of doing business abroad, with first-hand insights into emerging trends and issues in this arena.

G2E’s exhibit floor also will include an international focus. Of the 700 total exhibitors, 100 will be companies from 23 countries outside the United States, including Ainsworth Game Technology Ltd.; AlfaStreet Gaming Instruments; Matsui Gaming Machine Co. Ltd.; Novomatic Group of Companies/Austrian Gaming Industries; Octavian International Ltd.; R. Franco; Unidesa Gaming; and ZAO Flint And Co.