The number of confirmed exhibitors for this year’s Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) was up 30 percent year-on-year as of last week, said the organiser in a press release. Additionally, online registrations of visitors are up by 20 percent in comparison to the equivalent run-up period in 2016.
The event is due to take place at the recently opened International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney at Darling Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, from August 15 to 17.
“We see these two statistics as a big vote of confidence in both the value of the event itself, combined with the interest in the move to the new ICC Sydney, which is more conveniently located at Darling Harbour,” said Ross Ferrar, the chief executive of the organiser, the Gaming Technologies Association, as quoted in the release. He was referring to the transfer of the event from a previous venue at Glebe Island in the city.
AGE is an annual regional trade exhibition for the gaming and amusement industries, and was launched 28 years ago.
This year the event will have a conference component. More than 800 complimentary seminar places are available for attendees according to the GTA. Booking is required in order to guarantee access. Session topics include: discussion of gaming venues; industry research; casinos; technology; use of cash in the sector; and investment. A highlight of the conference segment is a panel featuring chief executives of some global companies that supply gaming equipment.
In June, the promoters had mentioned that more than 50 first-time exhibitors were expected among the circa 250 firms to be represented at the 2017 edition.
The AGE 2017 exhibitors will represent a range of product areas, including suppliers of: audiovisual equipment; automated teller machines; building services; cash handling and related equipment; financial services; food and drink; furniture; information technology; interior design and fit-out; marketing services; membership management services; paging and communication; point of sale systems; retail services; security; signs and displays; and staff uniforms.
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