In Industry events by Clyde Mooney

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Four months out from its 30th birthday, the GTA notes 92 per cent of exhibitors at the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) offering every other thing in hospitality except gaming.

Back for another milestone, the annual AGE is indisputably the best place in the southern hemisphere to see all the latest in hospitality gaming machinery, systems and equipment.

But it is also true that in 2018, 218 out of the 236 exhibitors (92 per cent) were there to display their hospitality products and services, in the arenas of Food & Beverage, Cash Handling, POS, Construction and Design, Furniture, Entertainment, Signage, Security, ATMs, Heating and Flooring.

Many of the most in-demand sectors offer multiple suppliers, allowing side-by-side comparison.

A lot of exhibitors return year after year, citing the Expo as their best contact with hotel owners. To date 119 companies from last year will be back in 2019.

“More leads than we would normally expect, and expect a significant number to convert,” reports Jeff Ganter, operations manager for Riva Ice Cream, which has been running a stand at the AGE for 15 years.

“Definitely Australia’s premier gaming show. Significant increase in hoteliers this year. More hoteliers this year than last year,” he noted of 2018.

Organisers, the Gaming Technologies Association (GTA), say there will be special celebrations for both visitors and exhibitors this year, being the 30th anniversary of the AGE.

The 2019 Australasian Gaming Expo will take place at ICC Sydney 13 – 15 August.

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