Clarion Gaming reported last week that industry buyers have already ordered a record number of entry badges for its 2009 International Gaming Expo. According to a company press release, pre-registration is up 34.1 percent from this time last year (11 weeks from the event).
“Our pre-registration data confirms the value of creating an event which embraces land-based casinos, remote gaming, low-stakes gaming, iVTs and ancillary products,” IGE marketing manager Charlotte Skinner said. “Visitors to IGE will have access to a universe of gaming equipment systems and platforms all in a single location. The spike in our pre-registration figures reflects IGE’s status as the most complete gaming exhibition on the calendar.”
Among the highlights that may be attracting such large crowds is the expo’s new format. A combination of both the International Casino Expo and the ICEi, the IGE will open with an International Casino Conference organized by Clarion and the European Casino Association. On deck for discussion at the conference will be topics ranging from current EU regulatory rulings to a “Player Loyalty” seminar.
Additionally, the ICC will include a “Networking Party” to be held at G Casino’s Piccadilly location.
ECA chairman Ronald Goudsmit said, “We’re delighted to announce the conference as part of our exciting ongoing plans with Clarion Gaming. We believe that the time is right for a high-level conference tailored specifically to the needs of the casino industry and hope that both our members who will attend IGE and the broader international casino community will join us for this important forum for discussion and networking.”
The ICC will kick off the festivities on Jan. 26, followed a day later by the IGE, which will run from Jan. 27 to the 29. Clarion requests that all interested parties visit the expo’s …