merican Gaming Association (AGA) President and CEO Bill Miller delivered remarks Thursday on the future of gaming’s recovery, policy developments for gaming in Washington, DC, and AGA’s priorities for 2021.
Miller cited vaccine distribution, responsible reopening, and consumer confidence as reasons for optimism in the coming year. “There’s huge pent-up demand for gaming—and I’m upbeat about the second half of the year in particular. As vaccines roll out, people will be excited to travel, hungry for entertainment, and desperate to get out and have fun again. That’s an environment where gaming will thrive,” he said during a webinar titled "Accelerating Gaming’s Recovery: 2021 Preview".
AGA research shows one-in-three American adults plan to visit a casino in 2021—the highest rate since the AGA began tracking last March. Eighty percent of future casino visitors agree the industry has done a good job at safely reopening.
The U.S. gambling industry was included in a federal relief package last year. Miller said the trade body will fight to make sure it also is included in President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion virus aid package. He sent a letter to the Biden Administration and every member of Congress highlighting the jobs and economic activity that casinos create in local communities. Moreover, Miller said the gambling industry paid over $10 million in state taxes in 2019, and opposes efforts to increase them this year, even as states face large budget deficits related to the pandemic.
NEW: @BillMillerAGA delivered remarks today previewing gaming’s road to recovery and outlining the AGA’s 2021 priorities in Washington, DC and beyond. Find full details on the AGA’s singular 2021 agenda of accelerating the industry’s recovery. ➡️ https://t.co/PCUwCxU7sP pic.twitter.com/V2RqtDATC5— American Gaming Association (@AmericanGaming) January 28, 2021
Miller emphasized that the AGA’s singular agenda in 2021 is accelerating the gaming industry’s recovery, highlighting four areas of focus:
“We come into 2021 with a strong foundation, a clear focus, record levels of support among Americans, and a loyal customer base that wants the excitement only gaming can deliver,” Miller concluded.
On its website, the AGA released three new resources Thursday that were referenced by Miller: