The Macao Gaming Show 2015 and its pioneering tourism and culture summit have received the backing of three of the key departments of the Macau SAR Government.
Recognising the achievements of the world’s fastest growing exhibition on the gaming and entertainment stage, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) and sponsor, the Macao Foundation, have all confirmed their support for the expanding international event. Two of the government departments (DICJ and IPIM) have agreed to become supporting organisations, whilst the third, the Macao Foundation, will be Sponsor of the exhibition and summit at this year’s 2015 edition at the Venetian Macao, 17 to 19 November 2015.
The highly prized government endorsement is regarded as a crucial marker of the show and summit’s credentials. Welcoming the news, owner and organizer, the influential trade body MGEMA, expressed its ‘delight’ at the official support and responded with a pledge to press on with its vision of growth, diversity and technological innovation for the international exhibition.
Jay Chun, Chairman of the MGEMA, said: “Macao Gaming Show has worked extremely hard to establish itself in an extremely fierce market, and our ‘By Asia for the world’ message has gained traction not only here in Macau and the Asia Pacific continent, but also around the globe. The support of government departments is fundamental to our vision going forward and a major signal of trust and credibility. The MGS proposition is simple: if people are serious about doing business in Asia, then our show is the perfect starting point. With support from the government departments, DICJ, IPIM and the Macao Foundation, and the backing of the biggest 100 businesses in Macau and Asia, our message is one that will resonate with the worldwide market.
Looking ahead to the 2015 edition of MGS and the Macao Tourism and Culture Summit, the Director at Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau Macao SAR, Manuel Joaquim das Neves, paid special tribute to the exhibition emphasizing its “strengths”, “international acclaim” and its status as a “strong local force.”
The MGEMA has spent the past two years investing in its relationship with the government departments, and establishing itself as a major contributor to the Macau community and business infrastructure. Fatima Maria Nunes, Secretary-General of the MGEMA, described how the government department support will work. “IPIM is a government agency designated to promote trade and investment activities within the territory,” she explained. “With their support, we hope that both the show and the summit can attract more international companies to do business in or invest into Macau.
“With DICJ, the department has a very close involvement with our industry. They provide guidance on the definition and execution of the economic policies on gaming to the Chief Executive of Macau SAR. Gaming is, understandably, a core industry in Macau and it’s fitting to have a leading exhibition that knows the local industry and represents it on the world stage. Our task now is to move this on and diversify the Macau economy,” Fatima Maria Nunes added.
The Macao Foundation’s work will be of specific importance to MGS and its associated summit, with its objective of promoting cultural and economic exchange delivering an important force for the show. Fatima Maria Nunes confirmed: “The Foundation’s purpose is to promote and develop cultural, social, economic, educational, scientific, academic and philanthropic activity in the region. It’s a perfect fit for the show and summit as it seeks to launch initiatives that project Macao to an international audience. MGS and the Macao Tourism and Culture Summit provide just that – and we share common goals with Foundation.”
The official support of DICJ, IPIM and the Macao Foundation completes a very important month for MGS following the recent partnering with another government department, the Labour Affairs Bureau of Macau (DSAL), to establish a new training course specialising in the operation of electronic and live table gaming equipment. In addition, a fortnight ago officials from MGEMA, MGS and its associated summit met with the Macau Government Tourist Office to discuss promotion of the show through the organisation’s offices.