he event opened its doors after 15.00 a.m. yesterday, when Giorgio Genari Litta, main organizer of the show, together with Raúl Cortizo, head of the Panamanian Gambling Control Committee, Antonio Alfaro, president of ASAJA, and Alan Burak, show manager of SAGSE, wellcomed the first visitors.
Many of them were executives of manufacturing companies and operators that, probably due to the scenario of international crisis, decided not to hire a booth in the event, but walked through the hall and had contact with operators and colleagues. A proof of that were the big number of business meetings that took place yesterday afternoon, in a pub inside the show.
Besides, two of the most important international firms in slots manufacturing, such as Bally and Aristocrat, were present in the show, supporting the organizing company Monografie and offering its latest regional releases. In the case of Aristocrat, the company with a wide booth, and the big star of the show was its product JAWS, which attracted the attention of operators and visitors.
Belatra, Alfastreet, GPI and Konami also joined the wide offer of novelties and shared the hall with firms as MEI, Gold Club, ID Interactive, ASAP, Coecsa, Gemaco, Arrow Internacional, Goody Group and Casinfo, among others.
“We feel very satisfied with the positive reaction of exhibitors, operators and visitors,” assured Burak at the closing of the first day, and added: “We have met people from all the Caribbean region and a high number of Mexican operators, which confirm us once more that SAGSE Gaming Panama is the necessary, solid and undisputed regional business center.
At night, organizers gave a welcome cocktail in honor of exhibitors and assistants in Veneto Hotel, which also turned into a kind of business meeting point for businessmen and executives of the sector. This way, the hotel casino was a sort of second business center, because in its installations, its restaurants and even in the casino, it was very usual to see gaming operators and manufacturers having conversations.
Today, at 15.00 p.m., it starts the second day of SAGSE Gaming Panama, that already confirmed its dates for the following year (Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th May, 2010), looking to maintain its place of importance in the region under the slogan “The heart of the Americas.”
The organizers showed its satisfaction with the first results, and announced the dates of its 2010 edition for May 19 and 20.