Key trends emerging from the AHG expo in Brisbane

28 March, 2019 by Craig Hawtin-Butcher

Key hospitality and gaming expo concludes in Brisbane.

Australian Hotelier was there as the Australasian Hospitality and Gaming Expo (AHG Expo) concluded two successful days across 27 and 28 March at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, despite the wet cyclone conditions outside.

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Keno AHG Expo Event Manager Amy Coady said:

“We are really pleased to say the 2019 Keno AHG Expo has seen record visitor numbers though the door. We’ve also seen record numbers of international visitors.”

Among the key gaming exhibitors, IGT showcased their Multistar Hot Diamonds, Konami revealed new All Aboard iterations and Concerto Stack, while SG detailed their plans to extend Jin Ji Bao Xi Fortunes to all states.

Key themes from the expo included the presence of eSports, a global phenomenon, says Coady. Meanwhile sustainability is a clear focus for a number of exhibitors, from recycled carpet flooring (Signature) to bottle-crushers and eco-friendly packaging. The Queensland branch of the Independent Brewers Association was present, their members now numbering over 40 breweries and reflects the continued growth of craft beer within Brisbane (Ballistic, Revel, Felons) and state-wide. Related industries, including cellar equipment, were well represented (Cellar Control). A number of exhibitors showcased software solutions for customer relationship management (myguestlist) while a number of security services providers were also present on the expo floor.

The expo also featured an expanded food and beverage offering, AHG Tastes, many of these representing the more than 40 new exhibitors present at the show.