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EAG Expo
Coin-op dominates new London trade show
It’s some years since London had a dedicated parks and attractions trade show. So was there anything of interest at
this January at a new event called EAG Expo?
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he letters stand for European Amusement and Gaming and the ALES-UK (Amusement and Leisure Equipment Suppliers of the United
new show was held over the same dates (January 26 to 28) as Kingdom) including Tornado International, Formula K, Elton Games and
the established IGE/ATEI show across town at Earls Court, which Pan Amusements. It was, however, names such as Sega, Namco,
some coin-op professionals think has become too casino-orientated in Electrocoin, Sound Leisure and LAI Games that dominated the hall.
recent years. By the end of its three-day run, EAG Expo had
Arcades revenues still matter to some British clocked up nearly 5,000 visitors, so will be
attraction operators, particularly those at the considered a success by its backers, including the
seaside, and so a token selection of park owners BACTA trade association and InterGame
usually make it over to ATEI each year, many of magazine. It may well have an impact on
them still in town from the BALPPA dinner the IGE/ATEI in the years to come, especially now
night before. that the Earls Court site’s day are numbered.
Those that chose to make the longer journey However, the politics of the coin-op industry
from central London to EAG Expo at ExCel, part will matter little to most park professionals and
of the Docklands district of the capital, would neither show will go any way to matching ATEI’s
have found a flat show floor with wide aisles. This days as an all-encompassing amusement industry
meant the show seemed less intense than ATEI, where the high trade show (long before the likes of the Euro Attractions Show existed).
concentration of noisy gaming machines has been known to irritate the If, however, you’re around next year for the BALPPA Dinner, have an
odd BALPPA member nursing a hangover. arcade or are flying in or out of the nearby London City Airport, then
In amongst the line-up of exhibitors was a handful of members from EAG Expo might just be worth a look.
RAAPA 2010
The largest exhibition for the Russian and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) amusement industry takes
place in Moscow a month earlier than usual – in March. Park World looks ahead to 12th annual RAAPA Show
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his showcase event for the Russian Association of Amusement
Parks and Attractions (RAAPA), which is supported by IAAPA,
Conference delegates at last year’s RAAPA Show
will unite industry professionals from across Eastern Europe and
beyond. Not only will they see the latest rides and equipment, they
will also be able to discuss the state of the business in the associated
conference programme. A selection of leading world experts have
been invited to take part.
As for the exhibition, several of last year's participants noted that
the quality of contacts was high: “We were very satisfied with the
results of our participation,“ noted Markus Beyr of Kraftwerk in
Austria. “We had a lot of visitors and held some productive
negotiations, even though we didn’t bring our 6D cinema with us!”
“We participated in the RAAPA Show for the first time and were
pleasantly surprised by such a number of high quality visitors,” added
JP Lawania, managing director of Meghma Print-O-Pack from India.
“Everything was organised professionally, we didn’t have any
problems. I think we’ll become the constant participants of this
exhibition!”
RAAPA Show 2010 takes place from Wednesday to Friday, March 17
to 19, at the All Russian Exhibition Center (VVTs), Moscow.
www.raapa.ru
24 MARCH 2010
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