Clarion Gaming has teamed up with the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association (MGHA) to merge its Southern Gaming Summit (SGS) into May’s ICE North America event.
This will see the SGS relocate to New Orleans, where ICE North America will run from May 13-14, combing its land-based gaming and hospitality sectors with the ICE brand’s sports betting and igaming pedigree.
This will also see speakers from the MGHA join the event’s content stream, which will available free-to-attend for exhibitors at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
SGS brings with it a host of popular networking events including its annual golf tournament, Global Gaming Women’s Luncheon and the Hall of Fame, which celebrates the careers of long-term industry leaders.
“ICE North America is one of the biggest events in the betting and gaming industry calendar attracting high-caliber delegates from all over the world,” MGHA executive director Larry Gregory said. “Combining the exhibition with SGS is the perfect marriage of land-based and online sectors.
“Our partnership with Clarion provides a hotbed of opportunity to share insights and expertise across all pillars of the gaming industry, and we look forward to learning from the wide spectrum of stakeholders already in line to attend.”
ICE North America event director Rory Credland said that the partnership reflected the evolution of the gaming industry, in which the casino floor is just one element of the wider bricks and mortar experience.
“Developing an event that allows delegates to seek answers and ideas on how to develop this, and to look at technology and attractions that add to this offering, is a vital part of what will be available to the attendees at ICE North America,” he explained.
“The fact that the MGHA has recognised this and joined forces with us to co-locate SGS is great for the industry, as now gambling executives from across the USA can come to ICE North America and see and learn about what it takes to develop their property today and into the future.”
“The SGS’s networking events are valued greatly by the Gulf Coast gaming community and will make a fantastic addition to the attention-grabbing line-up at ICE North America this year, which is shaping up to be a must attend event,” Credland added.