ue to the uncertainty that still prevails around the world about the normalization of commercial activities and following suggestions from exhibitors and authorities, the organization of Gaming & Technology Week has made the decision to hold GAT Expo next year, across April 26-29 at the Cartagena de Indias Convention Center in Colombia. Organizers also announced a virtual version to be held this year on July 28-30.
As for the traditional exhibition, it will take place on April 28-29, 2021, and the academic content will be held from Monday, April 26, 2021, together with Totally Gaming Academy, which is part of Clarion Gaming.
José Aníbal Aguirre, founder and CEO of the event, stated in a release: “In addition to the announcement of the obligatory postponement of the fair to 2021, the novelty is that we are working on an action plan that incorporates digital and virtual as a business showcase through a 3D technological platform, with avatar experience, specialized in virtual fairs. This modern technology allows visitors to interact in real-time as if it were a face-to-face fair, walking pavilions, stands and choosing the products of their interest; they will be able to engage in direct conversation with representatives of each brand, generating qualified contacts between buyers and investors.”
And he continued: “The face-to-face and virtual formats of Gaming & Technology Expo have the support of the gambling associations Asojuegos, entity chaired by Juan Carlos Restrepo; Fecoljuegos, headed by Evert Montero; and Cornazar, chaired by Elizabeth Maya, who will actively participate with their affiliated operators in the digital event 2020 and face-to-face 2021, in Cartagena de Indias in April, to whom I especially thank for their unrestricted support.”
GAT Expo Virtual 2020 will be held on July 28-30, and will also offer academic content in alliance with Team Seven, a consulting company specialized in the gaming industry, led by Ana María Padrós, a recognized professional with more than 25 years of experience in marketing and operations in Latin America.
Coljuegos and the Ministry of Finance have issued regulations responding to specific requests from concessionaires and investors, making regulations and terms more flexible to allow temporary relief for entrepreneurs. Likewise, the regulator works to expand the offering of innovative games operated online, allowing authorized platforms to refresh their portfolio of betting options, after the crisis generated by the paralysis of sports events in real time. The Colombian government has given clear messages about its decision to protect the interests of the gaming industry, which, precisely, contributes with the payment of exploitation rights to the health sector.
On this matter, Aguirre said: "In addition to the state measures to reopen the casinos and gambling halls as soon as possible, it is important to read the analysis of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in relation to the slowdown of the economy in Latin America, since Colombia is the country that presents the greatest possibility of economic recovery for next year, a situation understood by exhibitors and sponsors, who continue to be interested in accessing the Colombian and Latin American markets. ”
The quarantine decreed by President Iván Duque Márquez has been extended until May 11. After that date, the organizing company said it will continue to be vigilant and complying the provisions of the national government related to the organization of fairs and congresses. Organizers also noted that the measures taken by the Colombian government officials have been highlighted by epidemiologists and experts at an international level, since they have allowed to control the exponential spread of the Covid-19 outbreak among the Colombian population.