The 2015 Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is underway, with attendance reflecting the interest in the hospitality gaming sector and hospitality innovation.

The AGE threw open the doors yesterday to an eager crowd. Operators of the big show, the Gaming Technologies Association, report an 18 per cent increase on last years’ first day attendance.

Visitors to Glebe Island came by taxi and bus, but most by ferry across the glittering Sydney Harbour, to see what was anticipated as the biggest year in gaming and hospitality development for some time.

Several of the biggest names in gaming were unveiling major announcements and industry initiatives, and organisers praised the overall high standard of exhibitions amongst the 174 stands this year – the 26th AGE, and second at the new Glebe Island location.

The “Best Stand Award” was announced at the traditional exhibitor party at the end of day one, and the judges report the decision was tough amongst the high standard and set criteria.

Stands are assessed in terms of: creative execution of brand identity and key messages; innovative and efficient use of space; simplicity of form and aesthetics; imaginative use of materials, colour and lighting; with particular importance placed on visitor engagement and interaction.

The competition saw judges give a nod to Plantscaping Solutions – 26-year veteran of the AGE, and another long-term exhibitor, The Bright Group, but 2015 top honours went to Riva Ice Cream.

Riva Ice Cream Dispensing Systems are designed to be simple install, load with product, use, clean, and maintain, and require virtually no training to operate.

The GTA also gives away a trip for two to Las Vegas each day of the three-day-long Expo. Yesterday’s giveaway went to Liz Jacobs from the Hellenic Club at Woden ACT.

The three-day-long AGE will wrap up for 2015 tomorrow. Tickets are free for hospitality professionals. There is still time to register here.

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L-R: Ross Ferrar, GTA CEO; Jeff Ganter, Riva Ice Cream; Adrian Halpenny, Scientific Games (Bally); Judy Rayner, Rayner Sales and Marketing; Karen Ganger, Riva Ice Cream.





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