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TAIWAN PREPARES FOR 13TH GTI EXPO

The 12th GTI Expo in the summer of 2005 saw thousands of products displayed at over 800 booths, but this year’s will see even more as the number of first –time exhibitors has dramatically risen.  Though based in Taiwan, GTI Expo, the annual tradeshow for the electronic poker gaming /amusement industry, has become an event of international scale in recent past years with the participation of overseas exhibitors from China. Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and many international buyers from over 60 countries. GTI Expo 2006 will run from July 7-9.  Show organizers claim that ‘the show in Taiwan has already become the most representative one for the industry in Asia.’

      Organizers have confirmed that GTI Expo 2006 is expanding its venue for more exhibitors.  The original  B and C Zones of Hall 1 at the Gaming World Trade Center were not enough to meet the demand, so the organizer has negotiated with other show organizers to have some additional space at the D Zone.  So far, there have been over 110 exhibitors enlisted to have their presentation this year, nearly 30 of which are newcomers to this annual event.  Among the first-time exhibitors, most of them are from China and Korea.
      International buyers from Argentina, Bangladesh, Canada, Cyprus, Ecuador, France,  Greece, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Bebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, the US, and the UK have confirmed  their attendance.  Delegation groups of over 100 representatives from China and Korea will also be there.  For free tickets and more information, contact Game Time International, the show organizer, on email: gametime@taiwanslot.com.tw, tel: +886 227607407 ext 207 or fax: +886 227623873

TRADE SHOWS INTERNATIONAL GETS SUREXPO CONTRACT

An agreement  has now been completed for the involvement of TSI Ltd in a consultancy capacity in the production and marketing of Surexpo, held in Warsaw, Poland, which is now in its fifth year.  Surexpo has proved itself as the major event for the gaming and non-gaming amusement industry in Central Europe.  Over 130 national and international exhibitors and over 5,000 visitors participated in 2005.  ]

            The role of TSI’s director, Gerry Robinson, (whose company co-presented the very first amusement industry tradeshow in Poland in 1991), is to encourage the participation of more non-gaming amusement equipment and service providers, assist with a targeted marketing campaign, and recommend appropriate poker gaming education seminars and workshops for this sector.
      He stated: “Having closely followed the continuing developments in central Europe since the early ‘90s and presented a seminar at the 2005 event it is very evident that there is a growing demand for non-gaming amusement equipment for FECs and similar location-based entertainment facilities in the region.”  Companies wishing to learn more about the new Business Opportunities in central Europe may contact TSI Ltd on tsi_ltd@hotmail.com

CFA 2006 OFFERS FREE BENEFITS FOR VISITORS TO EGYPT

CFA EXPO 2006, the second Egyptian Fun and Amusement Trade Exhibition, will be held at Cairo, Egypt, from September 16-19, 2006.  Opening hours will be from 10am-6pm.  Admission to CFA EXPO  2006 will be free of charge to celebrate the second anniversary of the Cairo fun and amusement trade show. 

For free registration for new visitors, visit www.cfa-expo.com/addcomment.asp., or for new exhibitors, visit www.cfa-expo.com/JoinRequest.asp.


      Visitors from all over Egypt, the Middle East and further a field will converge on Cairo for the three most important days in the Egyptian trade calendar, combining business activity and social events, making it an ‘occasion not to be missed’ says the organizer. 
      CFA’s organizers hope that visitors and exhibitors will be able to expand their business in Egypt and all over the world.  “We could still see the streams of visitors on all aisles and the products displayed.  If you seized the change to be at the show, you must have been surprised by the sight of such a magnificent event taking place,” they claimed.
     
PERU GEARS UP FOR FOURTH EDITION
      For the fourth consecutive year, Peru’s capital, Lima, will hold the Peru Gaming Show.  Scheduled for August 3-4, the Event will take place at the Jockey Plaza Convention Center. 
      Using the motto Peru: South American Gaming Industry Gateway, his year’s edition expects to attract over 2,000 people from the international gaming industry, who will be able to make important business deals, demonstrate new market trends and spread the word about Peru’s role in the international poker gaming industry, in a 13,500sq.ft trade show.

NEW LOGOS FOR LONDON SHOW
      The public face of ATEI, ICE and ICEi has undergone something of a makeover with the introduction of three new logos.  The designs, according to organizer Clarion ATE, have been developed to complement each other and reflect the changing dynamic of the London showcase.  Nikki Lazen by, Clarion ATE’s marketing manager responsible for the initiative, explained: “The show logos had not been significantly altered for nearly a decade and in that time attendance has grown by over 75 per cent, the proportion of international visitors increased to 45.4 per cent of the total and the number of represented countries is consistently in excess of 100.  We should also bear in mind the launch of ICEi and its rapid development into one of the most exciting game and talked about features of the exhibition.
      “The show is currently undergoing an important period of development, in particular the introduction of ATEI Level 1, and it is fitting that the new identities dovetail with what is the most important ATE/ICE  since the Earls Court residency began in 1992.”  ATEI, ICE  and  ICEi take place at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre on January 23-25, 2007.

 

RUSSIS AWAITS CLARIFICATION

There were signs at the World of Games exhibition in Moscow that the uncertainty surrounding Russia’s gaming industry is having a knock-on effect on the coin-op amusements business there.  The show, in its second year, was quiet, particularly on the third day.  The Russian gaming industry is still anxiously awaiting a new law designed to apply some control to what the authorities see as overly-rampant expansion.  The problem is that no one knows when it will be published or what form it will take.
      Everyone, of course, has an opinion.  At the pessimistic end of the scale, there were those who thought there would be nothing for maybe a couple of years or even that the Government would close the industry down altogether.  Those who prefer to see their beer glass as half full forecast a sensible law that would be good for the long-term future of the industry coming in later this year. The outcome of all this is that operators are sitting on their hands and not spending any until the situation becomes clearer.  This state of limbo means that the suppliers are having to hand on in there amid declining sales, hoping that the Russian Government will get its act together sooner rather than later.


      If this by itself were not enough to explain the poor attendance at World of Game, we also have the ridiculous situation whereby there are two shows in the same venue within three months of each other.  Following World of Games’ debut last year, the long-established EELEX  event decided to move December to September and from the unsatisfactory Expo Centre to the modern Crocus-Expo.  The legal situation is unlikely to be resolved  by September and so EELEX may well be in the same boat attendance-wise.  Add to that the fact that several World of Games exhibitors were planning to cancel their EELEX  participation and things do not bode well for the forthcoming show. 
      Hopefully, the law will be clear by next year and either the organizers of both shows will get their heads together or the industry will vote with its feet and we will have just one Russian show.  There certainly isn’t room for two.  Regulations already introduced designed to take high-stakes gaming machines out of street locations have already led to the closure of many gaming locations.  These sites made their money from high jackpot machines but also accommodated coin-op games, so that is another factor to have a detrimental effect on the coin-op business.
      “The show is less busy that last year, but that is because of the law,” said Merkur Gaming’s Rolf Klug.  “Maybe people are waiting for the second show in the hope that there will have been some clarification by then.”  Despite the current problems, Merkur is continuing to build its Russian empire.  The manufacturer is in the process of building up its own operating arm in Russia.  “We now have our own gaming halls and our own support team here in Russia,” added Klug.  “This is confirmation of our long-term commitment to this market.  We have to have our strategy in place, whatever is happing with the law.”

SHOW INFO

SHOW    :   World of Games
LOCATION   :  Crocus –Expo, Moscow, Russia
DATE :  June 7-9, 2006
ORGANISERS:
World of Games, Leninskiy Av 38, Office 1307. Moscow, Russia
Tel: + 7 495 729 3168
Fax: +7 495 930 3227
Email: info@mir-igr.ru
Website: www.mir-igr.ru

MAIN EXHIBITORS:
Aristocrat, Casino Technology, CATS, Diamond Club, EGT, Fair Play, GEM. IGT, Merkur Gaming, Novomatic, Odrex, R Franco, Smart Games

 

THE VERDICT:

World of Games is a gaming show, but there were smatterings of coin-operated amusement equipment on some of the stands of the larger distributors.  The show was flat compared to last year’s debut event.  The legal situation in Russia, with uncertainty surrounding the timing and the nature of a forthcoming new law, means that very little money is currently two-show situation, with poker EELEX following in September, needs some kind of resolution…..By Phil Clegg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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