GE2 Las Vegas, organized by Reed Exhibitions and presented by the American Gaming Association, scheduled to open on the 5thth October is doubtful.
Given the increasing security measures in the US gambling capital and the continuing increase in infections with COVID-19, one of the largest exhibitions in the gaming industry could be at risk of failure.
IGaming Post has spoken to several providers and operators who are concerned that the pandemic continues to affect industry, particularly the leisure and hospitality industries, and that demand for new equipment and services is low, affecting both operators and also affects the suppliers.
An international supplier said: “We have not yet made a final decision, but it is unlikely that we will attend trade fairs this year. The industry is struggling to get back on its feet, so fairs will not be high on the agenda, in addition to the ongoing restrictions on travel and crowds. "
Another company owner who delivers to operators in Las Vegas said, “We want to take the trip to G2E this year to connect with our customers. However, given possible travel restrictions to the U.S. for the foreseeable future, it's hard to see how we can do this. ”
A large operator, who did not want to be named, said: “Our company has an international presence and uses the G2E as an opportunity to network with our colleagues and purchasing managers to see what new innovations there are, unfortunately with the devastating effects of COVID-19 travel will almost certainly be localized (only for U.S. colleagues), and buying new equipment will be suspended well into 2021 until we hopefully recover. "
Currently mass meetings in many states of The United States is not allowed and there is no deadline for lifting it. Reed published information about this event:
Reed Exhibitions actively and continuously monitors the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in accordance with local, state, and federal agencies and health advisors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Our position regarding the COVID-19 virus remains unchanged: The health and well-being of our exhibitors, visitors and employees are our top priorities. Given the rapidly evolving situation, we strongly recommend that our exhibitors and visitors adhere to the guidelines and protocols suggested by your local or national health authorities regarding the virus.
Reed Exhibitions has set up a Health and Safety Task Force to develop and implement guidelines and best practices for responding and preventing COVID-19. We closely follow local, state and federal health advice and our policies and best practices will be updated and adjusted as more information and guidance becomes available. We have also contacted and are working closely with our event partners to ensure that they act in accordance with the recommendations of the health authorities and that our customers have information about the precautions the venue takes regarding COVID-19 virus. Statements / information from the venues will be added to our event websites as they become available. Around the world, we have improved hygiene, disinfection, and availability of disinfectants at our events, and ensure that we have adequate medical support and protocols based on instructions from local and national health authorities.
Our event attendees are asked to review the latest travel information and entry requirements for their home country and the country they wish to visit. Travel restrictions and local quarantine requirements apply in many countries around the world, including the United States.
An event specialist, who works with many companies to ensure the success of the exhibition, said: “I can't honestly see G2E working this year. Given the remaining time frame of 96 days, many companies have to decide early whether I want to participate and book. This time, many companies are not implementing these plans. Will the operator's demand be there again this time? As the effects of the virus and the operator are just beginning to open, the demand for new products will be extremely low. At best, I see the G2E as a localized event in the USA and as an international presence at zero. "