One of the gambling industry’s largest and most famous events, the Global Gaming Expo, will return in Las Vegas this week after a year’s hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
G2E back once again
Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is one of the international gambling industry’s most renowned events. The convention has served as a place for professionals in the commercial and tribal gaming sectors to discover the latest in gaming technology for more than two decades. Now, it’s back once again after a year hiatus due to COVID-19.
The event will take place between October 4 and 7 at the Venetian Convention and Expo Center – formerly the Sands Expo and Convention Center – in Las Vegas. On Sunday, G2E organizers took to Twitter to confirm the show’s imminent launch:
As usual, Reed Exhibitions and the American Gaming Association (AGA) have worked together to produce G2E. Although it will take place as an in-person event, the show will also feature virtual components to accommodate those who can not attend themselves. The AGA expects around 27,000 industry professionals to visit the show.
Health and safety prioritized
Last year, Reed Exhibitions and AGA decided to cancel the live G2E because of health risks surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Though they decided to go ahead with the event this year, organizers have described health and safety as a “top priority.”
must provide proof of coronavirus vaccination
Exhibitors, attendees, media, speakers, and staff must all comply with rigorous requirements to gain access to the event. Most notably, individuals must provide proof of coronavirus vaccination. All participants will have to complete a two-step process to receive a vaccination-verified wristband.
In addition to this, the event’s website details other health and safety requirements. In line with Nevada’s mandatory mask policy, all individuals at the event must wear a face covering while inside the venue. The show will also feature directional and distance markers to ensure management of physical distancing, and an enhanced cleaning system.
G2E organizers completed some research into public attitudes towards the event earlier this year. In a survey, more than eight in ten respondents described themselves as very likely or somewhat likely to attend the show if it went ahead in Vegas. Meanwhile, an overwhelming majority of 93% said they had a strong or moderate need to attend G2E in person for the sake of their business.
Vegas on the rebound
Speaking earlier this year, Meredith Pallante, AGA vice president of global events, described the plan to go ahead with G2E as “a great milestone” in the strong recovery of the industry. That’s something particularly true for the US gambling hub of Las Vegas, which has now seen an end to almost all of its coronavirus restrictions.
casinos took revenue of $625.6m for the month of August
Nevada Gaming Control Board senior analyst Michael Lawton has attributed much of Las Vegas’s recent strong recovery to the return of special events and entertainment. Last week, the regulator revealed that Las Vegas Strip casinos generated revenue of $625.6m for the month of August. That represents a rise of 97% year-on-year and an increase of 20% from pre-pandemic levels in August 2019.