The 2010 gaming spectacular hosted 100 regulators and government officials who travelled to Earls Court from a total of 29 nations stretching from Sweden to Slovenia, Portugal to the Philippines, Montenegro to Malta and France to Finland.
Kate Chambers, who at the beginning of the year was appointed to the post of Show Director responsible for IGE, believes that the attendance of such a number of regulators is an important but often overlooked benefit of attending the exhibition. She explained: “As part of my review of the show and from speaking with exhibitors it is clear that being able to attract regulators to the exhibition is very important to the industry.
“This year we hosted tax officials from Estonia, gaming administrators from Finland, the French Remote Gambling Authority, legal advisers to the Basque Country Government, the Belgian Gaming Commission and the Limpopo Gambling Board – to name but a few.
“Being able to listen to the industry, to witness it in action and to see the calibre of companies that are involved delivers a potentially huge benefit to the business particularly as more jurisdictions look to a liberalisation of gaming as one method of helping to fund budget deficits.”