New Zealand's Gaming Future Vibrant and Relevant

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Despite a number of "challenges and onslaughts," New Zealand's gaming industry has a vibrant and harmonious future, according to industry leaders presenting at the New Zealand Gaming Expo, held March 21, 2007.

Despite a number of "challenges and onslaughts", New Zealand's gaming industry has a vibrant and harmonious future, according to industry leaders presenting at the New Zealand Gaming Expo http://www.nzgamingexpo.com, held March 21, 2007.

In opening the event, Minister of Internal Affairs Rick Barker MP noted that the industry "is responsible for its own future" -- a theme expounded in further detail by Hospitality Association CEO Bruce Robertson.

Acknowledging the Minister's message, Mr Robertson explained that increasing levels of collaboration and higher overall standards had already signalled the gaming industry's willingness to create a dynamic and relevant industry for the future.

The NZ Gaming Expo Conference heard from a range of highly qualified presenters including Professor Max Abbott and Dr Philip Townshend, who provided up-to-the-minute summaries of the latest trends, analysis and observations on responsible gambling. Memorable, entertaining, and thought-provoking sessions were provided by famous New Zealanders John Anderson (the founder of Contiki Holidays), political commentator Gary McCormick, and former Olympic runner Dick Tayler.

"The exhibition results were very impressive and there was a really great atmosphere for networking and doing business," remarked one exhibitor. "A wide range of gaming equipment was on show and there was something of interest for everyone" said a visitor.

As organiser of the NZ Gaming Expo, AGMMA indicated that it was another successful trade display and conference.

"Visitor numbers were up 40% over last year and the venue at SKYCITY Auckland was particularly suitable for this type of event," said AGMMA's Executive Officer, Mr Ross Ferrar.

"Exhibitors and delegates alike gave very positive responses and are very keen to participate again next year."

Next year's New Zealand Gaming Expo is tentatively scheduled for March 4-5, 2008 at SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre.

AGMMA is a not-for-profit industry association representing the interests of its members, which provide technology and equipment to hospitality venues in over 250 jurisdictions around the world.

AGMMA's members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Global Gaming Industries, IGT (Australia), Konami Australia, and Stargames Corporation.

AGMMA hosts and operates the Australasian Gaming Expo and the New Zealand Gaming Expo.

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