ow have you prepared for this year’s event?
SAGSE Panama 2010 will be an edition to remember. The exhibition will have much color and movement. We have been preparing this event for nine months and the moment to see the results is close. We have attended even the minimum details for this edition to be unique. We must not forget that the main actors of this show are the exhibitors. SAGSE Panama is the heart of the gaming business.
What does it represent for you, as organizers, to have achieved the authorization by the Gambling Control Committee for the import of cabinets and gaming software to exhibit in the event without the need of homologation?
It shows, once more, that Panama supports indiscriminately the organization of SAGSE international exhibition. There is an intention to place the country as a permanent venue for a regional event. This support make us feel very proud of our labour and make us fell that we are doing the things properly, with a long-term projection. Panama is an excellent venue for an international event and the local will is demonstrated in facts. We are very grateful for this support.
How many companies will exhibit this year and how many visitors have already registered to the event?
This year we have a record number of visitors already registrated, more than 1,200. However, beyond the record number, we want to remark the quality. SAGSE as an event gathers all the region in just one place. Visitors will come from all the Caribbean islands, as well as operators from the Andean zone and Mexico, too. SAGSE Gaming Panama is already part of the schedule of all businessmen of the sector.
With regards to the exhibitors, we have grown a 50% compared to the previous year. The most varied and innovative products, as well as inputs and equipment for games of chance, electronic roulettes, slots, spare parts and components, architecture and design, carpets, security equipments, signage and lights, table games, chairs, layouts, cards, chips, coins, payment systems, clothes and furniture, among other products, will be presented.
Which are the companies that will be sponsors of this year’s event?
As official sponsor this year, we have the brand-new Argentine manufacturer of clothes for the games of chance sector, Goody Group, which has chosen to wellcome all the visitors that assist to the show through their sponsorship.
Those firms are: Mei Group, Intercard Inc., Cirsa Panamá, Gold Club D.O.O., Gemaco, Pokertek, CAIJA, Asap Argentina / Panamá, El Espartano, Ed Roberts S.A., Molina International / Gaming And Amusement Suppliers, Princess Casino International, Goody Group, Casino International Americano, Gaming Partners International – GPI, Revista Casino Perú, Security Solutions Distributors S.A. – Compsis, Solo Azar, Ci Praktic Sas Comercializadora Internacional - Textiles Konfort, Crown Casino Seating Llc, Stream 2 Play, Revista Sector - Excellence Group Srl, Arrow International, Inc, Bally Technologies, Industrias Cattan – Coecsa, Aristocrat Technologies, Junta De Control De Juegos De Panamá, Digideal, ATP Autoridad De Turismo Panamá, Belatra Company Limited, LNB - Lotería Nacional De Beneficencia, Electrochance Gaming Suppliers, SAGSE Buenos Aires, Casino Enterprise Management (Cem), Global Gaming Business, Casino Journal, Casino Life, Hot Games, GTI, Journal Casino, Yogonet.Com, Operador del Recreativo and 24vivo, among others.
What other activities will be held within the event?
Panama will be the center of attraction for the international gaming industry. Within SAGSE, a series of meetings and talks will be held between operators and manufacturers. The agenda of local operators will be full this week. A remarkable event that will take place within SAGSE is the draw that the National Lottery of Charity performs on Wednesdays, and it will be held live. This event is broadcast by all the local channels live; it has a radio coverage of more than 25 radio stations in the whole country. Besides, it be organized an exclusive summit among international manufacturers and the Gambling Control Committee, who will explain the new regulations on games of chance. We have planned a big celebration at the end of the first day, co-hosted with the Lottery of Charity, where a party will be offered to all our top-level visitors and exhibitors.