An organiser of Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia, a casino industry conference and trade exhibition that has been held annually in Macau since its inception in 2007, says that this year there is to be a Philippines edition on December 3 and 4 at the Manila Marriott Hotel at the Resorts World Manila casino resort.
That was according to a brief announcement on Monday from Reed Exhibitions China. The other co-organiser of G2E Asia is the American Gaming Association.
GGRAsia approached an executive of Reed Exhibitions to ask for more information on the thinking behind the addition this year of a Manila event, but had not received a reply by the time this story went online.
The announcement said “G2E Asia @ Philippines” is to feature an expo hall and serve as a networking occasion for gaming operators from the Philippines and neighbouring countries, as well as other industry decision makers. The event is also set to see the attendance of over “3,500 visitors” and “more than 50 exhibitors and sponsors”, added the promoter.
The Philippine casino market has been growing in gross gaming revenue (GGR) terms. The sector produced PHP52.52 billion (US$1 billion) in GGR in the first quarter, according to data released in May by the country’s casino regulator.
The Philippine market is also seeing a raft of new venues. A May research report from Union Gaming Securities Asia Ltd said four new large-scale, international-standard projects – with a combined investment flagged at US$2.8 billion – were confirmed as in the pipeline from 2020 onward.
The first edition of “G2E Asia @ Philippines” is also to feature a programme called “G2E Asia Philippines Forum”, according to the organisers.
Resorts World Manila, the venue for the Philippines edition, is close to the city’s main international airport, and the complex is a venture between Hong Kong-listed casino cruise ship operator Genting Hong Kong Ltd, and local conglomerate Alliance Global Group Inc.
The 2019 edition of G2E Asia, held at Venetian Macao casino resort on May 21 to 23, saw a total of “13,500” trade visitors during the first two days of the event, according to a post-show release. The overall exhibition floor at the trade show spanned a total of 14,000 square metres (151,000 sq feet), and featured “nearly 200 exhibitors”.
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