San Diego, CA (April 3, 2012) – Although the convention has been underway since Sunday with a Chairman’s Welcome Reception hosted at the USS Midway, the 27th Annual National Indian Gaming Association 2012 Tradeshow really kicks off at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, April 3rd.
During the meeting at the San Diego Convention Center, Tribal government gaming commissioners will get certified, and industry officials will discuss internet gaming, gain knowledge on the latest gaming technology, see gaming forecasts, and meet and surpass casino compliance.
With the organization’s Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr. presiding the ribbon cutting, he shared that over 5,500 people have registered for the convention, a record-breaking number.
“Today, we have filled the 90,000 square foot floor with over 450 world-class exhibits, who are our friends in the gaming industry and Native-owned businesses who are eager to build their brands. There is a $26 billion industry behind these doors, and we welcome you,” Stevens said.
The purpose of the tradeshow and convention is to build a positive venue for Indian gaming industry professionals and foster a dialog to help reinvent and reposition their facilities to better serve their communities, better serve their customers and stay competitive at a higher level. They will discuss economic development beyond gaming.
Facing the challenging years of the recent recession, characterized in the industry by overconfident growth, and internet gaming, have taken its toll on the spirits of Tribal leaders, gaming facility managers and employees alike. Today, these challenges are facing a turnaround and the NIGA Tradeshow & Convention is the place to discuss them openly and honestly.
Joining the Chairman on the stage was Law & Order SVU Actor Adam Beach, retired U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Olympic Gold Medal winner, Billy Mills.
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