G2E Hopeful for Las Vegas Return Later This Year
Global Gaming Expo (G2E) organizers are hopeful that the annual event will be back in action this year, live in Las Vegas.
Conferences are nothing new to Las Vegas. Sin City hosts hundreds of events each year, from work conferences to options for charities and other organizations. The city relies on the conferences and events to fill hotel rooms, bring in casino spending, dining, and drink revenues, and more. For the past year, conferences have basically been non-existent in Las Vegas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this year, it seems that big gaming events like the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) will be back on track. Even with safety and health protocols in place depending on the status of the virus at the time.
This year, the Sands Expo and Convention Center will be hosting G2E from October 4 to 7. Last year, the annual gaming event took place in virtual form due to COVID restrictions. Last week, organizers provided an email to attendees stating that the goal this year is to host the event in live format. This still is contingent on issues associated with the virus.
Since the event is scheduled for the fall, the way the virus progresses or goes away will play a vital role as to if industry stakeholders will be able to head to Las Vegas this October to take part in the conference. The positivity rates must remain low, and the capacity of the event will be in question. Right now, the property is allowed to host 50% of the standard capacity percentage.
Organizers will also take into consideration any concerns of attendees or the exhibitors. If the factors associated with COVID-19 dictate that the event cannot take place safely then the decision to cancel will be made. So far, the G2E organizers are prepared to provide a cancellation date by June 1 if needed.
According to the AGA and Reed Exhibitions, the G2E conference will still offer virtual sessions in 2021. More details of the sessions will be provided in the future. Right now, the website of G2E shows the requirements of attendees who take part in the event. Such requirements include properly fitted face masks, temperature checks, following directions while in attendance and proper social distancing.
Conventions in Las Vegas
Right now, the state of Nevada is prepared to welcome back convention events. The state is allowing in-person events that host 250 or more people. However, these events need to fill out a form with the state and be approved before the event can take place. The application is known as the Large Gathering Plan Certification Form.
If the approval is given, the organizer can host the event with up to 50% of the capacity of the site based on the listed fire code. For G2E, organizers ware working with the Sands and others involved in the conference to fill out the proper paperwork and be approved.
Conventions ground to a halt last year in Las Vegas due to the pandemic. It is the lifeblood of the region and needs to get back in action in order to ensure that the industry can continue to recover. World of Concrete already has plans to host an event, having been approved to move forward in June. This event should help G2E to see how a convention can operate and what obstacles may need to be overcome.
The G2E update comes just shortly after Governor Steve Sisolak told reporters that the state has a goal to reopen fully by June 1. All steps are being taken to reach this goal including continued vaccinations and continued social descanting and mask wearing. It will be interesting to see if the state reaches its goal and gets back to a sense of normalcy before the year reaches the six month mark.