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Macau on Its Way to Major Exhibition City

7 June 2006

MACAU -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- As the hotspot gaming city in the region, Macau is gradually becoming a major home to large-scale gaming exhibitions in Asia, but it still lags behind in M.I.C.E. support in holding such big events. Yet that gap is expected to be narrowed as Asian Gaming Expo returns to Macau, following its debut in 2005.

Hosted by the Australasian Gaming Machine Manufacturers Association (AGMMA), the Asian Gaming Expo is the largest casino gaming equipment trade exhibition in the Asian region. "The decision of holding the Expo in Macau again owes much to the skyrocket growth in Macau's gaming industry," said Ross Ferrar, Executive Office of AGMMA. "As more and more world-famous gaming equipment manufacturers are setting their bases in Macau, a continuous growth in gaming exhibitions is expected to come."

With over 500 gaming machines on display, the Expo records 20% exhibit growth over last year. "The exhibitors' response is tremendous," said Ross Ferrar, "We have over 30 exhibitors with very large display sizes on average and a long waiting list. Therefore, I really look forward to the huge convention complex in Cotai Strip which will be finished soon."

Macau Government has put M.I.C.E. industry on the top of its calendar, and most of the large-scale conventions and exhibitions are held or promoted by the Government. But international events like Asian Gaming Expo are still rare in Macau. "As an event organizer, I am optimistic of Macau's prospects in the convention industry given the success of Asian Gaming Expo 2005," added Ross Ferrar, "Over 2,700 industry professionals visited the event last year. Most of them are decision makers in the Asian region, which means Macau's investment potential is tremendous."

This year, the Asian Gaming Expo will be held in Macau Tower again on June 13 and 14. Many world-renowned gaming equipment manufacturers will showcase their latest products, services and technologies – and some of them are exhibiting for the first time in Macau and in Asia. "I look forward to more and more large-scale exhibitions viewing Macau as their destinations, and I hope Asian Gaming Expo will become the forerunner of international display shows in gaming and other industries which will be held in Macau in the future."

For detailed information on Asian Gaming Expo, please visit: www.asiangamingexpo.com

About Australasian Gaming Machine Manufacturers Association (AGMMA): AGMMA is a not-for-profit industry association representing the interests of its members, which provide technology and equipment to hospitality venues in various jurisdictions around the world.

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