Reed Exhibitions Greater China, organiser of Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia @ the Philippines, says it is “actively considering” hosting a second edition of the trade show in 2020.
The inaugural edition of G2E Asia @ the Philippines (pictured) – which also featured a conference segment – ended on Wednesday. The two-day event took place at the Resorts World Manila casino resort in the Philippine capital. It was supported by the local casino regulator, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
“We are actively considering on the next edition next year,” Josephine Lee, chief operating officer of Reed Exhibitions Greater China, told GGRAsia in an email reply.
She added: “We received … positive feedback from partners, visitors and exhibitors, encouraging our consideration for the next edition.”
Ms Lee stated that G2E Asia @ the Philippines had attracted exhibitors and visitors from all over the world, especially from Southeast Asian countries.
“We heard from different exhibitors and visitors that they found our show provided unparalleled networking opportunities and great learning opportunities that they could not find in other events in the Philippines,” she said.
The G2E-branded casino trade show and conference – there are already Las Vegas and Macau editions under the G2E name – attracted an aggregate of 50 exhibitors and covered a total exhibition area of 8,000 square metres (86,111 sq feet), according to Ms Lee.
No final figures for overall event attendance – including number of qualified buyers taking part in the trade show – were available by the time this story went online.
The Philippines is a growing market for gaming equipment such as slot machines and other electronic gaming machines as the country’s casino sector has expanded in recent years in terms of number of venues and amount of gross gaming revenue.
There is currently a pause on the issuing of any new casino licences in the country, although recently a new project was allowed in the special economic zone of Clark on Luzon island, as confirmed by Pagcor head Andrea Domingo in her keynote speech on the first day of G2E Asia @ the Philippines.
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"In light of the ongoing Covid-19 disruption and continued travel restrictions across Asia Pacific, G2E Asia has shifted its focus to 2022 to ensure we meet the show’s high expectations, which we share with our valued exhibitors and attendees”
Project director at Reed Exhibitions, one of the organisers of the G2E Asia trade event