A total of 90 percent of the total exhibition space for the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) 2018, a trade show for casino equipment manufacturers and related industries. due to be held next month, had already been sold as of Friday, said a statement sent to GGRAsia on behalf of the organiser.
“This year at seven weeks out from the show the exhibitor uptake has been strong with 215 exhibitors registering… and only 10 percent of the total exhibition space remaining for late registrations,” noted the release in the name of the Gaming Technologies Association (GTA).
It added that nearly 95 percent of the 2018 exhibitors registered so far were returning customers of the event.
The trade show – scheduled to take place from August 14 to 16 – will occupy a total of 19,000 square metres (204,514 sq feet) of exhibition space at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney (pictured), in New South Wales, a venue located on the western edge of Sydney’s central business district.
“In terms of visitor registrations, this year looks like eclipsing last year’s record visitor count of 6,000, with a substantial increase in visitor registrations at seven weeks out from the Expo, versus the same time last year,” noted the statement.
The 2018 edition will be the second consecutive year that AGE has run a seminar programme – with places available on an advanced booking basis – for delegates.
“This year we have upgraded the programme, with more seminars covering more topics related to new technologies, gaming, regulation, hospitality, customer service and millennials,” said the release.
It added: “Not surprisingly we are already seeing high levels of demand for registrations for the seminar programme.”
A survey of last year’s visitors indicated 24 percent were at director level; 21 percent managers; 15 percent at chief executive level; 13 percent operations managers; and 13 percent gaming managers, said the statement.
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