ICE 2001 Highlights
Pending verification by the independent Audit Bureau of Circulations, ICE 2001 is showing a year-on-year increase in attendance of 27.5 per cent. Of particular significance is the number of non-UK buyers attending ICE which this year constituted over 64 per cent (3,229) of completed registrations.
The number of nations represented at ICE 2001 rose
to 95, ten more than the figure for the previous year, but five fewer than
in 1999. Ten territories - Grenada, Belarus, Uruguay, Algeria, St Kitts
And Nevis, Burundi, Cape Verde, Curacao, Ecuador and St
Including the UK, no fewer than ten nations provided
ICE 2001 with more than 100 buyers. France moved from fifth place to top
the table of international buyers with 256,
USA dropped to second place with 244 (+2.9%), followed by the Netherlands with 239 (+2.6%). Germany was in fourth (up 30.3% to 228), with Sweden fifth (up 17.4% to 209). Other countries represented by more than 100 buyers included Spain (205), Austria (181), Italy (158) and Belgium (131).
However, the biggest increase was recorded by Finland, which moved into tenth position with 92 buyers, a year-on-year increase of 475%. Another substantial increase was registered by Japan which moved from 34th to 18th place, in the process recording an increase of 292.8%.
Julian Graves, Marketing and Commercial Director responsible for ICE said: "Once again the overriding theme of this year's exhibition was its internationalism. Over 64% of visitors were from outside the United Kingdom. Whilst visitor figures on their own do not tell the full story of an exhibition, we are obviously pleased with the overall increase of 27.3% and the fact that the 2001 show was visited by more industry professionals from both within and outside the UK."
He added: "A number of initiatives were well received
by the industry, not least the Future Game section for internet based gaming
companies, the new circular layout of the show floor and of course the
ICE Ball which raised a provisional £48,000 for wheelchair
League Table Of Overseas Visitor Nations At ICE 2001
Position / Country / (2000 Position) / % Change
1 France (5) +49.7%
ICE welcoming visitors to Earls Court on a bright January morning
Packed isles in front of the IGT stand.
The company debuted 66 games new to Europe.
The high tech TCS stand at the front of the hall was constantly busy.
Touchbet Roulette newly approved in GB attracted alot of attention.
"The Link" John Huxley's open plan stand enabled visitors to circle the exhibition.
Rapid Roulette and Quick Draw Shufflers from Australia among the products on offer.
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