Clarion Gaming has confirmed that October’s inaugural edition of ICE Africa will be held at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre (October 24 to 25).
The decision to move to the Sandton, which was made following consultations with the industry, was based on the opportunity it delivers for the ICE Africa brand to grow, as well as the ability to provide stakeholders with enhanced levels of choice and flexibility.
Updating the industry on the progress that’s already been made, Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion Gaming, owners of the ICE brand, said: “There is a deep and genuine enthusiasm for this event which will take the characteristics of its mother brand – ICE London – and apply them to meet the requirements of the industry in Africa. Five months ahead of ICE Africa going live, we have secured the support of 15 top brands including Merkur Gaming, Kiron Interactive, Meridian, VNE and OnlinePay, all of whom have committed to be part of the ICE Africa experience.”
She added: “We have been very conscious of the importance of delivering a connected experience, so as well as engaging with the industry’s leading innovators, ICE Africa delegates will also be able to take advantage of an extensive programme of learning, training and personal development courses. The agenda sessions at ICE Africa will cover all of the key issues facing traditional gaming operations and Integrated Resorts including Marketing, CRM, Business Intelligence and Cash Desk and Hospitality. The research we have undertaken has underlined how important the industry in Africa regards staff training and development and I’m delighted that the Totally Gaming Academy will be an important part of the two days providing masterclasses for attendees.
“As the leading event organiser in the gaming space, our pledge is to deliver a celebration of the industry that is unique to the continent, but which also draws upon best practice found across international gaming jurisdictions. These are very exciting times for the industry in Africa and very exciting times for the ICE brand as it makes its first appearance outside of London.”