Macao Gaming Show 2015 Wrap Up
The Macao Gaming Show 2015 attracted an international audience of gaming professionals to the Venetian Macao on 17-19 November, and has been declared a major success with all Key Performance Indicators (KPI) utilised by the organisers showing a positive year-on-year trend.
MGS opened in usual ceremonial fashion, with an address by Jay Chun, Chairman of Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association and the organiser of the show. The international gaming community and members of the world’s media were in attendance for a formal opening ceremony which heralded the start of the most successful MGS trade show and summit to date.
Besides MGEMA, officiating guests from show co-organisers, supporting organisations, and diamond sponsors attended the opening ceremony, including Macao Foundation, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), the Cultural Affairs Bureau (ICM), General Association of Administrators and Promoters for Macau Gaming Industry, Associao de Mediadores de Jogos e Entretenimento de Macau, Macau Jockey Club, Macau Slot, Macao (Yat Yuen) Canidrome Company Limited and representatives from all six gaming concessionaires of Macao.
Releasing the headline figures, this year’s attendance numbers jumped from 11,987 in 2014 to 13,186 - an increase of 10 percent. The number of exhibiting companies rose to 168 and the number of exhibiting countries represented at MGS increased from 20 to 22.
Also, the headline statistics from the exit survey conducted at last month’s exhibition revealed an overwhelming level of enthusiasm and support for both MGS and its aspirations. According to the preliminary figures, as many as 96 percent of attendees questioned said they were likely to return to MGS in 2016, while 94 percent said they would recommend MGS to their colleagues and peers.
MGEMA Chairman Jay Chun believes that the success of MGS has sent out a clear message to the international gaming community. He stated: “Gaming professionals from throughout the world as well as from the domestic industry here in Macau have taken the opportunity to support our show, to network with industry colleagues, and to listen to the key note speakers we assembled debate major topics impacting gaming in Asia and across the globe. The show floor is truly diverse this year going beyond just gaming and broadening its horizons into entertainment and the key areas that support a broad based tourism and culture economy.
“Our international guests have witnessed the tremendously exciting projects that are taking place here and also discuss with our growing visitor base opportunities in the emerging markets around the Asia Pacific region. They saw at first hand the economic development of our city and, through the OBOR presentation at the summit, gain a valuable insight into the aspirations of the PRC to develop infrastructure throughout the region."
Fatima Nunes, General Secretary of the MGEMA, owners and organisers of MGS, commented: “The latest survey and show statistics indicate that MGS has continued to build on the momentum generated from its first two years. We have managed to grow year on year – not just on the showfloor, but also in our appeal to the broader hospitality and entertainment sector. This is an encouraging response as we prepare for the next three years and put in place an ambitious but deliverable strategy to take Asia’s number one gaming exhibition to the next level in the future.”
Thank you to all supporters of the 2015 Macao Gaming Show, and we look forward to another year of success and growth in 2016.