he most important innovation of FADJA 2017 is its change of location. How did you receive this news? What are the benefits of this new venue, both for you as exhibitors and for visitors?
Firstly, we are very pleased FADJA is going ahead despite the change of location. The new venue at City Hall seems to be a legitimate international venue and one well-suited for this type of event.We hope exhibitors and visitors alike will enjoy the 2017 edition as has always been the case at Corferias.
FADJA has been a highlight on our exhibition calendar each year and we are excited about this year’s event.
It will be the first Gold Club exhibition in FADJA after being acquired by Win Systems. What are the company's expectations?
The integration of Gold Club into Win Systems is almost complete and we have enjoyed a strong Q1 exhibiting our gaming machines and electronic roulette products at various events in Europe. We are now looking forward to showcasing a wider product range to one of our key markets in Latin America, and I’m sure delegates will notice how this will add to ouralready premium products and services.
What products will they exhibit?
Gold Club will showcase its unique, innovative gaming range including state-of-the-art gaming cabinets and electronic roulette systems. Both ranges are developed with the 3E principle of ‘efficiency, ergonomics and effectiveness’ at the design forefront. With premium sound and immersive graphics, they can provide a leading casino offering for all estates.
How would you describe this last year, from FADJA 2016 to date, for the Colombian gambling industry? What are the expectations for the short and medium term?
The Coljuegos has been forward thinking in its approach to regulation over the last few years, particularly in the land-based casino market. Provided they operate with strong leadership in place and work with current suppliers,while keeping an open mind to new ideas and legal frameworks, I believe the Colombian casino industry can have a bright future.
I also look forward to seeing more action on regulation and legalisation across other sectors over the next few years, particularly online where regulation could arguably be fairer for new operators against the incumbent monopoly. We have seen lawmakers around the world develop a healthy online gaming sector by introducing fair taxation and strong regulative frameworks. I believe this should be the way forward for Colombia too.
What impact do you think the investigation of some former officials and officials of Coljuegos for irregularities in casino contracts will have on the industry?
It is important that we wait and see the outcome of these investigations before commenting. If there have been irregularities then it is important to have a full, deep-level investigation by a neutral body to ensure the country maintains its reputation as a safe, secure gambling jurisdiction.
Image is so important in the gaming industry and we must act transparently so we keep our customers trust, but also convince less-regulated territories that what we can offer society is a strong product and one that is beneficial for all.