We wanted to find out from both the exhibitors and organizers what was the impression left by this year’s Entertainment Arena Expo. Were the exhibitors pleased with the visitors flow? Did the exhibition rise to the level of the expectations? What are the business prospects on our gaming market for the end of 2012, early 2013 viewed through the perspective of the fair that just ended?
Anton Vlad, General Manager Expo 24: “This year edition was a good one, most of the companies expressed positive words in regard to the quality and the number of visitors. There were almost 1000 visitors, and for the general content. The 2013 edition will take place on 3 – 5 September within Romexpo exhibition centre.”
Martin Ivanov, General Manager of Casino Technology Romania: “E-Arena was as usual, an event where the companies of this field (producers and organizers) could exchange information on products, concepts and new possibilities. The exhibition made a good impression from this point of view. Of course, there are some improvements to be made, but they always are.
The participating companies showed high standards. The stands were very well designed. Some showed progress and others remained at least at the last year’s level. They were not many visitors, but among them were present the persons with power of decision of this field of activity. Business prospective is good – at least for the company I represent it is.
Our display of new types of cabinets and multigames immediately caught the eye of the operators of Slots. We also gain new clients, enhancing the number of our already existing ones.”
Marius Stoi, General Manager DGL PRO: “This was a smaller exposition than the one that took place last year, but I believe that is why the exhibitors were more visible this year. I am very content. It was a selective fair from both exhibitors and visitors points of view. According to the statistics of the Ministry of Finances, the number of machines is increasing. The power of the purchaser decreased though. Also, there is a relatively large demand for machine upgrades, these upgrades being so much cheaper than new equipments. ”
David Coldea, Sales Manager Baum Games: “I think there were fewer exhibitors. Also, there were fewer interested operators. The next year will be even fewer, but larger. In the end of this year nothing is happening but, in the beginning of the next year some law modifications are due, I am thinking of a tax quantum modification or one in regard to the number of games. We will adapt and continue to do our work.
Our most interesting products this time of year are the cheaper ones. In our country prices are affordable. The people buying from us, do not need to make a great effort in order to purchase machines, hence they benefit from the optimum price/quality rate. As for the rest…we will see you in London.”
Gyula Csortan, Sales Manager Alfa Street: “This year exhibit was a great opportunity to meet up with our former and present clients and to exchange ideas about the future. We succeeded to do some selling in the exhibit and we also had interesting conversation that could result in business. The exhibit organization was good, but I believe this type of exhibits should take place in Romexpo.
In regard to the next year, I hope for a small economic increase and automatically for our increase…”
Franz Plasser, Apex Gaming: “Although the exhibition was small is size, this did not correlate to its success. In other words, the Expo was very pleasing for APEX. The reason being is that the Romanian market remains one of the most interesting gaming markets in Europe. The market size at approx. 49,000 machines is strong and players are demanding excellent quality machines. Here we are very well positioned to provide the operators the right solutions. All the main operators came to our stand, even existing customers from Turkey, Slovakia and England. Thus, even though the visitor numbers may not have reached the organizer expectations, it was the correct decision to exhibit at the Expo. This is an extremely important exhibition for the Romanian market. Together with our local distributor, Innogate, we are making important steps forwards as operators truly show confidence in our proven products. We will intensify our sales & marketing activities in the forthcoming months in order to have a very promising start into 2013.”