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VISITORS DOWN, EXHITORS UP IN RUSSIA

Visitor numbers were down at this year’s world of poker games expo in Moscow, but despite the potential of crippling legislation in future months, 152 exhibitors from Russia and abroad proved that they’re prepared to take a chance.  Amusement equipment was delivered by about 30 companies.  In total, 43  companies provided equipment and accessories for casinos poker game. Over 72 companies demonstrated gambling equipment and components.  Several companies exhibited their entertaining online services, park and billiard equipment and some other products associated with the entertainment industry.
      This year the exhibition was attended by about 5,000 visitors –slightly less than the previous year.  However, the organizers believe that this is evidence of the fact that the development of the gambling industry is slowing down, which is caused by some legislative regulation complexities.  The organizers noted that many Russian companies have reduced their advertising effort to a minimum and the increase in the number of exhibition participants – up to 152 – was basically explained by proliferation of foreign companies.

      This year, 53 foreign companies from 25 countries worldwide took part in the exhibition, which is almost twice as much compared to the previous year when 29 companies from 14 countries were represented.  This year, most of the foreign companies were manufacturers.  The exposition was accommodated in two halls, and its floor space was 15,500sq.m rather than 2005’s figure of 11,000sq.m.  Exhibition manager Victoria Barannikova confirmed that in the light of the existing legal situation regarding the poker gaming industry in russia, the exhibition was successful, proving that companies are continuing to manufacture gaming and entertainment equipment.  Barannikova told Integrate: “By the last day of the event, most of the companies had reserved exhibition areas for 2007.”

DUBAI VENDING EXHIBIOTN ENJOYS INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

The Middle East Vending and Kiosks Expo attracted 52 exhibitors from around the world.  Held at the Joharah Ballroom, Madinat Jumeirah Hotel, this trade expo was patronized by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and supported by international associations for the first time ever in Dubai – NAMA (National Automatc Merchandising Association), EVA (European Vending Association), WVA (Worldwide Vending Association) and JVMA (Japan Vending Manufacturing Association).


      The expo brought  together  52 exhibitors featuring vending and kiosk solutions in cashless vending, cash dispensers,, hardware, magnetic and chip card readers, POS systems, software, technical support, ticketing solutions and turnkey solutions.  The exhibition was an insight into how to increase revenue, decrease expenses and improve the customer experience.  Exhibitors came from the UK, India, Malaysia, Italy, Kuwait, US, UAE, Taiwan, Canada, China, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Ireland and more.

      With increased marketing focus, the show attracted 1,246 trade and professional visitors, inciting over 80 percent of the exhibitors to repeat their participation for the 2007 edition of the event.  Visitors were enthused by the quality of exhibitors and captivated by the wide array of products on display.  Innovative new launches poker games generated special interest among the visitors.  A spate of interests ranging from distributorship, agency, entering into joint ventures, alliances, contract manufacturing etc. were discussed at the show.  Visitors came from all over the Middle East, the pan-Arab region, the Indiana sub continent, the Levant region, North Africa and the CIS counties.  The expo is set to grow further year-on-year, with next year’s event scheduled for February 20-21.

INWARD MISSION TO BUILD AWARENESS OF NEW LOOK ATEI SHOW

Organizer of the ATEI, Clarion ATE has announced details of an Inward Mission of Journalists designed to help promote the 2007 exhibition visitor sell-in.  The event, which will take place in September, will see up to 20 editors of coin-opponent trade publications, including Integrate, based in 13 countries around the globe convene in London for the three-day programme.  The initiative is the fourth of its kind undertaken to help promote ATEI, the three previous occasions having taken place in the 1990s. 

            Clarion ATE CEO Peter Rusbridge commented: “The Inward Missions we staged more than a decade ago were invaluable in helping the show reach the extraordinary heights it enjoys heights it enjoys today.  The significant changes being made to the floorplan in 2007 means that we have a new proposition to put to international poker coin-opponent professionals and we look forward to working with well respected and high profile industry writers to get our messages across.”
      In addition to meeting with key Clarion ATE senior staff and learning about the latest show developments, journalists attending the Inward Mission will be provided with an insight to the UK coin-opponent and gambling sectors, covering areas including changes in legislation, patterns of retailing and operations and economic data/forecasts.

BILLIARDS EXPO READY TO BREAK OFF
      The Baltimore Center in Maryland, US, will host the Billiards Expo from August 10-12.  In addition to 20 hours of Expo floor time, the Ultimate Pool Party is scheduled to take place on August 12 from 1-8pm in Hall D of the Baltimore Convention Center.  The event will feature:

  • Enjoy Pool.com Battle of the BCA Champions hosted by Ewa and Mitch Laurance.  Top Billiard  pros Jeanette Lee, Allison Fisher, Karen Corr, Vivian Villarreal, Juli Kelly, Gerda Hofstatter, Tony Robles, Thorsten Hohmann, Charlie Williams, Johnny Archer, Cory Deuel and Ralf Souquet will compete in a single elimination 8 – ball format, with matches taped for broadcast on ESPN.
  • Guinness World Record attempt, where visitors can see world class poker record holder Dave Pearson perform an exhibition leading up to a speed event where he will try to break his own record of potting 15 balls on two adjacent tables.
  • Pro challenges, autographs and photos, where visitors can get up close and personal with some of billiards’ best.
  • Speed break contest
  • Trick shot exhibitions and more online poker games.

 

 

 

 

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