Top dignitaries and industry leaders kick off a record-breaking 12th edition!

 In Press Release

Macau – May 15, 2018 – Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia,the marketplace for the Asian gaming and entertainment industry, officially kicked off its 12th edition today at The Venetian Macao.

The Opening Ceremony boasted a strong showing of top-tier representatives from business, government and the diplomatic community. Mr. Lawrence Ho, chairman and CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited, officially inaugurated the event with his passionate keynote address, “Success Beyond Gaming”, where he shared his unique experiences and shed light on his company’s distinctive and pioneering beyond-gaming approach.

Dr. Liu Bin, head of Economic Affairs Department, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Macau SAR; Mr. Cheng Hsin Yao, general of Foreign Ministry of PRC in Macau; Dr. Paulo Martins Chan, director, Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, Macao SAR; Mr. Cheng Wai Tong, deputy director, Macau Government Tourism Office; Ms. Stacy Papadopoulos, General Counsel and SVP, Industry Services, American Gaming Association; Mr. Hu Wei, president , Reed Exhibitions, Greater China and Korea; Mr. Lawrence Ho, chairman and CEO, Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd; Ms. Daisy Ho, board chairperson elected, Sociedade de Jogos de Macau S.A.; Dr. Allan Zeman, chairman and independent non-executive director, Wynn Macau, Limited; Dr. Wilfred Wong, president, Sands China Ltd.; Mr. Grant Bowie, CEO & executive director, MGM China Holdings Limited; Dr. Jorge Neto Valente, group advisor, Galaxy Entertainment Group; Mr. Ip Sio Kai, legislator, Legislative Assembly of Macau Special Administrative Region; Professor Davis Fong, legislator, Legislative Assembly of Macau Special Administrative Region and director, The Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming of University of Macau; Mr. Ho Hoi Ming, president of board of directors, Macao Convention & Exhibition Association; Mr. Vong Kok Seng, vice president of the board directors, The Macao Chamber of Commerce; and Mr. Tom Nieman, president, Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers.

Day One of G2E Asia programs included the Asian Markets Forum, which comprised two panels dedicated to Asia North and Asia South respectively. The forum was comprised of a panel of renowned industry leaders, namely: William Shen, senior vice president & managing director, Korea & Japan of Caesars Entertainment Corp; Eric Landheer, executive director of Summit Ascent Holdings; and Alidad Tash, senior vice president of Gaming & Strategy, 2NT8 Limited.

G2E Asia Opening Day will also see the inaugural G2E Asia Awards Ceremony and Dinner to be held at the Grand Ballroom of MGM Cotai. The awards, spanning 12 categories, will recognize excellence in both the gaming and non-gaming aspects of Asian entertainment.

Josephine Lee, chief operating officer of Reed Exhibitions Greater China, notes, “This year’s 12th edition is our largest to date with a show floor that is 37,000 square meters and a globally renowned showcase of more than 220 exhibitors and their most cutting-edge products, services and technologies. Much like the industry it serves – including this year’s 15,000 local and international trade visitors, G2E Asia owes its growth and success to its dedication to non-stop change and innovation. Each year, the event’s many roles, together with its new and returning state-of-the-art offerings, merge to deliver a better, more connected and more professional G2E Asia, ultimately making it a ‘must-attend’ event for the gaming-entertainment industry in Asia and abroad.”

G2E Asia 2018 runs from May 15 to 17, 2018 at The Venetian Macao. To learn more about G2E Asia 2018, visit


G2E Asia is the international trade show and conference for the Asian gaming – entertainment industry. Presented by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and organized by Reed Exhibitions, G2E Asia made its debut in 2007, defining itself as the preeminent show for the Asian gaming-entertainment industry.

About the American Gaming Association

The American Gaming Association (AGA) is the premier national trade group representing the USD 240 billion US casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to achieve sound policies and regulations consistent with casino gaming’s modern appeal and vast economic contributions.

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 500 events in over 30 countries, bringing together over seven million active event participants from around the world. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organized by 41 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of RELX Group, a world leading provider of professional information solutions.

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