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This year's AGE was visited by 6,813
people over the three days, establishing
a new record for attendance since the
show first started 27 years ago.
The success of the show reflects the strength
and dynamism of the hospitality and gaming
industry in Australia, and its continued growth.
This year's show also marked the end of
an era, as it was the last one to take place at
the temporary site at Glebe Island, which has
housed the expo since 2014 while the new
International Convention Centre (ICC) was
being built at Darling Harbour.
Exhibitors, who took up 25 per cent more
space than last year, shared some fantastic new
products and innovations with a massive crowd
of engaged hoteliers, operations managers and
other industry decision makers.
Russell Gartner, vice president - sales and
marketing for Scientific Games, was very
impressed with this year's show.
"Without question AGE is the leading
gaming tradeshow in Australasia and this year
provided an exciting showcase of new gaming
products for the hotel gaming section.
"This year's show was particularly
momentous for Scientific Games being the first
time that all our three core business divisions
- Gaming, Lottery and Interactive -- exhibited
together as a single company on one stand. This
presented a great opportunity to demonstrate
to our local gaming operators the breadth and
strength of our diverse product portfolios, our
innovation leadership and growing investment
into the Australian gaming market."
There were plenty of newcomers to the AGE,
with over 20 per cent of all stands taken by
new exhibitors, creating even greater variety for
attendees. One newcomer was Cummins Allison,
whose cash and ticket scanners were a popular
and topical hit at the show.
A spokesperson for the banknote solutions
company stated that they spoke to many
hoteliers about the impacts of the new five-dollar
banknote that was introduced this month.
"Cummins Allison's presence at AGE 2016
proved to be a highly successful endeavour,
highlighted by both an interest in gaming ticket
imaging and the ability to process the next
generation $5 banknote on our JetScan iFX®
series of note scanners.
"Cummins Allison was thrilled to host the
RBA in our booth to run a sample new $5 on
our machines to demonstrate our capabilities."
Various aspects of gaming and hospitality
operations were represented, including
superannuation. Industry heavyweights Hostplus
and Intrust Super both exhibited, explaining to
visitors how their products could help both their
businesses and employees.
Intrust Super even brought in a sporting
hero to help spruik their products, with retired
Wallaby Matt Cooper chatting to attendees.
"This year's expo was another great success
for us. Our team of experts spoke with many
HR managers, general managers and even
CEOs about our award winning products and
services. AGE visitors were very impressed
with the big difference our four-time Money
magazine awarded 'Best Value Insurance in
Superannuation' offering could make for them
and their staff. Visitors were also impressed
with our SCH Online service which pays all
employees' super with one simple payment.
Best of all the service is now free of charge,
so businesses now have no excuse not to
streamline their super obligations."
Hostplus were also very happy with their
experience at the show, with Paul Watson, group
executive -- business growth, client relationships
and advice, stating: "Our commitment to this
important event over recent years has continued
to provide us with an excellent opportunity to
engage with the industry and enables the Hostplus
team to speak with, assist and service many
metropolitan and regional clients, face-to-face in
the one location. Over the years we have been
involved in AGE we have found it has provided
us with a great opportunity to strengthen existing
relationships, and develop new ones."
AGE 2017 will move to its more permanent
home at the ICC, with 100 exhbitors already
committed. It will run 15-17 August 2017.
BIGGER AND BETTER
THIS YEAR'S AUSTRALASIAN GAMING EXPO (AGE), ATTRACTED RECORD NUMBERS OF EXHIBITORS AND
ATTENDEES, WITH BOTH GROUPS VERY HAPPY WITH WHAT THE EVENT HAD TO OFFER.
The Scientific Games stand
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