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“What we are experiencing now is “Historically, Las Vegas was a low-cost destination
unique. Things weren't great this and only the gambling was expensive. In more recent
year but they were holding their own. times, the price attractiveness of Las Vegas - rooms,
Then in July and August we really things other than gambling - has increased. We may
started to feel some pressure and not seem as much of a price competitive destination
the bottom started to drop out in as we were in the past.”
September.” Keith Schwer, director of the Center for
Alan Feldman, senior vice Business and Economic Research at the
president for MGM Mirage University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Second Gaming
Awards looking to
build on success
January will see the second International Gaming Awards being
held in London. Organiser Colin Thompson of Empire Casino
Recruitment explains that the strength of the awards lie in the
quality of the independent judging panel that vote for its winners.
strengthindepth disaster relief agency) and Chil- chasing items at the charity
FIRSTPERSON dren with Leukaemia (the UK’s auction - items going under the
biggest leukaemia charity, a hammer include memorabilia
Over the last few years, the non-government funded from the latest James Bond
gaming industry has come in organisation sponsoring movie, Quantum of Solace.
for a fair amount of negative research worldwide into this The evening will begin with
attention from the press - and devastating form of cancer). a champagne reception, fol-
the criticisms levelled have Funds will be generated lowed by a gala dinner. Speaker
been quite often unjustified through donation and by pur- at the event this year is Tobias
and based on inaccurate Ellwood, MP, Shadow
assumptions. Spokesperson for Culture, Outstanding Achievement Casinos Austria International, sponsors of the event.
Now in its second year, The Media and Sport - he will be Award will recognise the figure Storm, Clermont, Isle of Capri, A full list of judges and final-
International Gaming Awards giving us an insight into what a who has contributed most to Atronic, Bally Technologies ists is available on the website,
is all about changing percep- future Conservative govern- the industry over the last year. and TCS John Huxley. The on
tions of what we as an indus- ment would have in store for In 2008, this was won by panel are made up of 23 indi- We hope that the future will
try are like by celebrating the gaming industry in the UK. Michael Boettcher, the Presi- viduals, and the results of their bring more operators and sup-
achievement that are not Awards include Social dent of Storm International BV. voting will not be announced pliers to the awards; already
directly related to profit and Responsible Operator, giving a Our judges are drawn from until January 26 at the IGA the quality of nominations this
raising money for main- well deserved pat on the back within the industry, the press ceremony at London’s Millen- year has outstripped those of
stream charities. to the operator who has done and the legal industry and nium Gloucester Hotel. The last year, and the money gener-
The IGA this year supports the most over the last year to include the chief executives judges impartiality is assured, ated for charity is set to exceed
Care International (the major combat problem gambling. An from companies such as with no preference given to the amount gathered in 2008.
GSA University introduces the
Executive Overview Program
February 9-11, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The goal of the GSA University Executive Awareness Program is to raise the awareness
and understanding of GSA standards throughout the gaming industry.
Contact for course details.
GSA in Europe:
Introduction to GSA
February 2, 2009, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Hosted by GLI Europe
The Netherlands
for additional details
January 2009 • comment 55
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