From Durant, Oklahoma, to London, gaming conferences and tradeshows are drawing tribal leaders from across Indian country and gaming representatives worldwide.
These events offer the unique opportunity to network face-to-face, as well as unparalleled access to industry news and trends — often showcased through interactive displays.
Indian Country Media Network has rounded up the five biggest gaming conferences of the year, either targeted at tribes or inclusive of them.
The below events are listed in order by date.
19th Indian Gaming National Marketing Conference
Choctaw Casino Resort
January 30 – February 1, 2017
Raving Consulting offers the only conference dedicated to tribal casino marketing.
The long-running conference is specifically designed for tribal gaming executives. Each year, hundreds of casinos in the U.S. and Canada send their marketing teams, general managers and tribal decision makers for courses in casino marketing strategies that work at tribal casinos. Since 2001, over 2,000 casino executives have attended this popular “niche” event.
The conference, hosted by the full-service gaming resource company, encompasses three days of presentations, hands-on workshops, signature networking events and a tradeshow.
The full-service gaming resource company will host this year’s event at the Choctaw Nation’s $360 million resort in Durant, Oklahoma.
“As the years passed, holding this event at new state of the art facilities became part of the draw,” Raving’s President and Chief Strategist Dennis Conrad said. “…We never looked for just a ‘facility’ – we have always held this event at a partner property that would embrace the learning and welcome their fellow attending executives.”
Past host properties have included Tulalip Resort Casino in Washington, Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel in Michigan, Harrah’s Resort Southern California, and Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in California.
ICE Totally Gaming 2017
February 7-9, 2017
ICE (International Casino Exhibition) Totally Gaming is the only B2B gaming event that brings together the online and offline gaming sectors. Featuring world-leading innovators drawn from the casino, betting, bingo, lottery, mobile, online and street sectors, ICE provides the most comprehensive shop window on world gaming. Gaming professionals wishing to secure their place at ICE Totally Gaming 2017 can register at icetotallygaming.com.
ICE will take place February 7-9 and is anticipated to attract more than 25,000 attendees to ExCeL London, an exhibitions and international convention center. The creative hub is surrounded by hotels, venues, restaurants and attractions.
Last year, three Indian gaming groups — the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) and Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) — presented an informative seminar series, “U.S. Tribal Gaming Seminar Series,” which offered an overview of the past history, present economic scope, and future business potential for gaming in Indian country. “NIGA, AIGA and OIGA are united in coming to ICE Totally Gaming for a very clear purpose: To let Europe know we are open for business and are actively seeking business opportunities,” Ernie Stevens, Jr., NIGA chairman, said in a press release last year. “ICE is the world’s largest and most important global casino industry tradeshow, and the world needs to understand that Tribal Gaming is an integral part of the global gaming landscape. We are coming to ICE to expand our enterprises, and we are actively seeking business partners who value the opportunities we have to offer.”
Indian Gaming 2017 Tradeshow & Convention
National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA)
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California
Apr 10-13, 2017
Meet some of the most influential tribal leaders and gaming representatives from around the country at the Indian Gaming 2017 Tradeshow & Convention, hosted by the National Indian Gaming Association.
The longest-running gaming tradeshow in history unites gaming tribes, delivering insight and strategies to help them rise to the top of the competitive gaming industry landscape.
Attendees will learn about cutting-edge gaming trends and ideas, while offering access to the decision makers representing both the tribal and commercial gaming industry.
Pre-registration for the 2017 conference is already strong. Historically, NIGA has experienced its largest attendance in San Diego.
The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) is a non-profit organization of 184 Indian Nations with other non-voting associate members representing organizations, tribes and business engaged in tribal gaming enterprises around the country. For more information, visit www.indiangaming.org.
Mid-Year Conference & Expo
National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA)
Anticipated location: Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
Anticipated city: Niagara Falls, New York
Anticipated dates: September 2017
NIGA will host an additional expo in the northeast, smaller in size than the annual Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, yet no less engaging, educational and impactful.
Last year’s mid-year conference was held at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in New York, near the Canadian border, in September.
Continue checking the NIGA website and the Mid-Year Conference & Expo website for updates on the site and dates of this year’s event.
Global Gaming Expo (G2E)
American Gaming Association
Sands Expo Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 3-5, 2017
Hosted by the American Indian Gaming Association (AGA) and billed as the world’s largest gaming convention, the annual G2E event attracts as many as 25,000 attendees.
G2E is the international gaming trade show and conference “by the industry and for the industry.” It’s targeted at anyone working in gaming to see the latest products, learn the trends, and network with the Who’s Who. The expo aims to offer a 360-degree view of the industry from slots and table games to igaming and food, beverage, and hospitality.