LAS VEGAS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — G2E 2007, the Global Gaming Expo, launched today with a markedly increased presence by the live entertainment touring industry.
Presented by the American Gaming Association and Reed Exhibitions, G2E is the world's largest conference and trade show for the casino entertainment and gaming industry — last year attracting more than 28,000 attendees.
This year's event features conference sessions targeted at casino entertainment, marketing and special events decision-makers, plus the EventPro Forum Entertainment & Event Production Pavilion, which features exhibits by dozens of attractions, agencies, promoters and other vendors serving the casino entertainment industry.
More than 1,500 early arrivals schmoozed at the G2E Welcome Reception on Monday evening at The Rio, which featured a performance by Eagles tribute band Hotel California.
Television's "Sopranos" stars James Gandolfini and Steve Schirippa, along with Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and other dignitaries, will officially open the G2E trade show on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 12:00 Noon, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
With more than 1,000 casinos now operating in North America, the gaming industry has become a significant source of revenue for the touring entertainment industry. Last year, consumers spent more than $61-billion at U. S. casinos — almost five times what they spent on concert and movie tickets combined. Of the 56.2 million consumers who made 371 million trips to casinos in 2006, 58% saw a concert, show or other live entertainment option during their casino visit, according to the American Gaming Association. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers