AmEx 2009 – Celebrating 30 Years Of Ireland’s Gaming & Amusement Trade Exhibition

AmEx 2009 – The 30th Irish Gaming & Amusement Trade Exhibition, will be held at the Green Isle Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 March 2009. Opening hours will be from noon to 6 pm both days and admission is free to those involved in the industry!

Pre-Registrations for the event are up on last year. In order to register in advance and avoid queuing to register at the exhibition go to and register free online.

Activity in Ireland (North & South) over the past year has been considerable, with investment in new equipment at a high level. Many of those already involved in the trade are expanding their businesses and new people are entering the trade at an unprecedented rate.

In addition to the exhibition there will be a seminar and a programme of meetings, business presentations and social gatherings, continuing the show’s reputation for bringing together Irish and international manufacturers, distributors and operators in a businesslike atmosphere.

The Seminar

AmEx 2009 will present the Irish Gaming Industry Seminar – a fact filled seminar that will update delegates on recent happenings in the Irish Gaming Industry, presented by the organisers of the Irish Gaming Conference.

From arcades to casinos and from bookmakers to single site operators, this session will update visitors and exhibitors at the AmEx 2009 show on all market influences that are impacting on the industry.

With legislative review, political influences and a shift in consumer spending on gaming, the Irish industry is on the cusp of substantial change. Find out where the industry is and where it is forecast to be by the end of 2009 and beyond.

The seminar will be presented by John Purcell, Director, Hannibal Purcell & Associates – Gaming Industry Management & Technology Consultants in the Green Isle Hotel, Dublin at 10am on Wednesday 4 March 2009. Admission to the seminar is free to all registered visitors and exhibitors at AmEx 2009.

The Accommodation & Airfares

Accommodation for AmEx 2009 is now available at the Green Isle Hotel for EUR 59 per room per night (single or twin occupancy) – room only. They will also offer this rate to anyone who has previously booked at a higher rate.

The hotel has complimentary WiFi and broadband internet access and also offers free leisure centre access and parking. Please phone the hotel reservations department at +353 1 4593406 or email or go to

Airfares for that period are available at competitive rates. AmEx 2009 exhibitors and visitors travelling to Dublin by air have over 30 airlines to choose from! For full list go to

The Exhibitors

Exhibitors at AmEx 2009 will include Almotech Ltd, Amusement Sales & Service, AtariExpo & Paytec, Automatic Amusements, Brent Sales, Cash Automation, Cosmic Video Amusements, Crown Direct, Donegal Leisure, ECM Systems Ltd, Elaut Sales, Electrocoin Sales Ltd, Future Gaming Europe, FX Simulation UK, Game Concepts, Gaming Machine Supplies Ltd, Genesis Games & Amatic, Hannibal Purcell & Associates, Hazel Electronics, Infinitygames, Innovative Technology, Intergames, ITM Leisure, JC Gaming, Kimble Gaming, Laser Electronic Systems, Leisure Electronics, Noraut, NSM Music, Olympic Sales, Playtrix, Q Leisure, SAM Leisure, SB Machines, Scan Coin Ireland, Sega Amusements Europe Ltd, Sound Leisure, Superleague (Ireland), The Novelty Toy Company, Tobyco Ltd, Towergate Risk Solutions, Turbo Leisure Ltd, UDC, Vegas Ltd and Wexford Amusements Ltd.

The Visitors

Visitors from all over Ireland and further afield will converge on Dublin for the two most important days in the Irish Gaming & Amusement Trade Calendar, combining business activity and social events, making it an occasion not to be missed.

The number of international visitors and exhibitors has increased considerably in recent years, to include companies from Britain, USA, Spain, Germany, Austria, France, Russia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Belgium, Japan, Italy, Latvia, Serbia and Slovenia.

In order to register in advance and avoid queuing to register at the exhibition go to and register FREE online. For directions to the Green Isle Hotel go to

The New Layout

Further renovations to the hotel by the new owners, Brennan Hotels, have resulted in the enlargement of the main exhibition area and the removal of permanent dividing walls, giving the exhibition area a new open-plan layout.

A second bar has been added at the opposite end of the halls to the existing bar and the new layout will make it easier for visitors to navigate their way through the exhibition and also introduces larger stands, capable of accommodating larger pieces of equipment.

The hotel foyer area has been redesigned, resulting in the relocation of the hotel reception, and the extension of the cafe / restaurant and bar / lounge into the foyer area. This means that exhibition stands will no longer be located in this area.

The Annual Award

The Mary Openshaw Memorial Award For Excellence was inaugurated at AmEx 2004 in memory of the late Mary Openshaw, the renowned journalist who served the international amusement industry for over 35 years.

The first recipient was Eduardo Antoja, President of Euromat – The European Gaming & Amusement Federation. The second recipient was Mike Nevin, Managing Director of Namco Europe. The third recipient was Hans Rosenzweig, former President of Euromat.

The fourth recipient was industry personality Shane Breaks. The fifth recipient was Jon Sander, Secretary of NIACTA – Northern Ireland Amusement Caterer’s Trade Association. The sixth recipient will be announced at this year’s show.

The Contacts

AmEx is organised by MD Associates, supported by IGAA – Irish Gaming & Amusement Association (Member Of Euromat), sponsored by Coin-Op News and promoted by many international gaming and amusement trade publications and exhibitions.

For further information contact MD Associates, Enterprise Centre, Melitta Road, Kildare, Ireland. Phone + 353 (0)45 521 190. Fax + 353 45 521198. Email Website