Gee Whiz, G2E!

Oct 5, 2004 11:42 AM

Coming off a successful 2003 show, Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is expecting a bigger and more expansive show than ever before.

Organizers for the gaming industry’s premier trade exhibition and conference report that floor space at the Las Vegas Convention Center is already well ahead of last year.

More than 700 industry vendors, including 100 international companies from 23 countries, will showcase their product and services in 255,000 square feet of space. Last year’s G2E occupied 217,000 square feet, and the inaugural G2E in 2001 had 133,000 square feet of exhibit hall space.

"As our industry continues 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, a co-sponsor of G2E

Attendance figures for G2E have been climbing every year since its inception. Last year, about 22,700 industry professionals attended G2E. This year, the number of conventioneers could top 27,000.

More importantly, these numbers continue to include the "quality of attendee" so important to promoting long-term business growth, Fahrenkopf said.

G2E is organized by the American Gaming Association and Reed Exhibitions.

"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 a spokesman for Reed Exhibitions. "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."

The attendee profile at G2E typically includes 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," says the Reed spokesperson. "We look forward to continuing to deliver a stellar event for the industry for the fourth year in a row."

For more information on attending or exhibiting, visit the G2E website at www.globalgamingexpo.com