Clarion secures location for the industry's leading expo
Fears that the redevelopment of the historic Earls Court exhibition site in London - home to IGE and ICEi every year - would trigger a move to a less convenient location have been assuaged by the news that organisers Clarion have secured the venue for the next five years.
The famous exhibition centre is the favoured home of the international gaming community due to its central London location, accessibility, excellent travel links and its proximity to quality hotels, restaurants, theatres and a raft of hospitality facilities that international gaming professionals expect when visiting one of the world's most vibrant capital cities.
Commenting on the contract, which has been agreed by show organisers Clarion Events and Earls Court Olympia, the md of Clarion, Julian Graves, said: "We are delighted to have completed our contractual negotiations and agreed this five year contract. During our consultation with the casino and gaming industry it became abundantly clear that almost to a person, they consider Earls Court to be their home and that Earls Court is where they want to stay.
"We have been aware of the speculation surrounding the venue at a time when the industry wants stability, certainty and confidence in the future. We have made a five-year contractual agreement to provide that continuity and enable the industry, Clarion Events and EC&O to focus firmly on continuing to develop IGE as the leading international exhibition for the gaming industry."
The speculation surrounding the event had been fuelled by earlier media reportage regarding venue owner CapCo.
Nigel Nathan, managing director of Earls Court Olympia, confirmed: "CapCo has made no secret of their desire to redevelop the Earls Court site, however this is an enormously complex project, one with significant implications for London. Because of the scale of the proposed project it has been required to be submitted as part of the London Development Plan, a 15-year strategic vision for London which was launched in January 2010. The project is in the early stages of consultation, requires political support, at local, regional and national level and then full planning permission and funding."
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