uest speakers, moderators and panellists included representatives from European and national regulators and prominent executives from a great number of European casino operators.
They addressed and shared their insights on a variety of different topics ranging from where we are going in the land-based casino industry, what it will take to draw more and new customers, what lies ahead for new casino projects in Europe, the online gambling developments, the new entertainment centres, to the European regulatory and policy developments with speakers such as Mrs. Pamela Brumter-Coret, director in the European Commission in charge of the gambling dossier, MEP Creutzmann, Rapporteur for the online gambling report in the European Parliament, representatives from Arjel, the French regulator, as well as representatives from the Belgian and Danish gambling commissions.
As regards this last topic on the future of the industry and the future of the online policy developments, Ron Goudsmit, Chairman of the ECA, stated that “the more we hear about these developments, the more it becomes clear that whatever directions we take, we will have to ensure that precaution guides us. We all have to strive towards a “step-by-step” or progressive approach, based on proper knowledge of the market, complete, accurate and neutral data, so as to enable the creation of a viable and fair long term environment for our industry, and more importantly, for the consumers of our industry.”
Ron Goudsmit thanked the speakers as they all contributed beautifully into making these discussions as heated and interesting as possible. Special thanks also went to the sponsors of this conference: IGT Cloud and AGEM (Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers).
Concluding, Ron Goudsmit explained “we are juggling many balls at the same time. These are not the “business-as-usual” years. Many things are moving in our industry, in the markets, with the suppliers, with the other gambling operators, within the national regulatory scenes, not to mention all the movement at EU level”, adding that “it is therefore more than time to all invest our energy into cooperating and building a secure, fair, healthy and viable future for the whole industry.”
All segments of the industry will be discussing the best ways to shape the future gambling scene in the EU during 2012. “It will definitely be a very exciting year for us all and at ECA we look forward to being part of it!” said Ron Goudsmit.
This was the last International Casino Conference here at Earls Court (end of era). Next year’s conference will still be held in London, but in another part of the city, in ExCel, during the same time period.