ROME, Italy -- Plans are well under way for the 39th staging of Italy's fall Enada amusement and gaming equipment trade show. Enada 2011 will be held at the Fiera di Roma exposition center from Oct. 12 through 14 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).
Sponsored by SAPAR, a division of Italy's broad-based entertainment industry association AGIS, Enada is expected to attract more than 200 exhibiting companies. The exhibits will be presented in two large halls (11 and 13), easily reached through the exposition center's north entrance.
The show's organizers expect the exhibits once again to be predominantly devoted to new video slot machines and video lottery terminals. However, online gaming systems will be presented as well, spurred by the anticipation of legal casino games.
Hot topics at the event will be the progress of the agreement between SAPAR and Italy's association of municipalities ANCI (Associazione Nazionale Comuni Italiani). This initiative was announced in March at the Enada spring show in Rimini, and now has been signed. The pact, worked out by SAPAR, ANCI and Italy's employer association ConfIndustria (the General Confederation of Italian Industry), is intended to encourage more uniform interpretation of gaming machine regulations on the part of municipal governments.
Also up for discussion will be the situation following the deadline for venue managers who own "comma 6a" machines to register with the professional roll set up by the Italian government's gaming regulatory body, AAMS (the Amministrazione Autonoma Monopoli di Stato), an organ of the Finance Ministry. Comma 6a describes video slot machines. The enrollment of their operators with AAMS has many implications for the industry, and they will be explored at this fall's Enada.
Showgoers also will converse about developments in the fast-growing video lottery terminal segment. Last year, the Italian government authorized the operation of VLTs as a new source of tax revenue, and authorized 10 companies to provide them. SAPAR notes that operators who wish to get involved with VLTs must cooperate with those authorized concessionaires. The VLT is defined as a "comma 6b" machine; it differs from the "comma 6a" video slot machine by being networked to the central government. With concern over the ability of video slots to compete against the larger prizes that can be won on VLTs, there will be much for Enada registrants to talk about.
SAPAR observed that sales figures demonstrate the vitality of the gaming sector. In May of this year, the association reports, VLTs accounted for 1,040,000 euros, about 30% of Italy's gaming machine market. At this pace, SAPAR notes, it seems not unlikely that the "comma 6b" VLTs will match the earnings of the familiar "comma 6a" machines before the end of next year. A new development, the "comma 6a plus," may help counter this trend; visitors to the fall Enada will be able to form their own conclusions about this.
Admission to Enada is by ticket purchased at the entrance; information may be had at enada.it (the English version is accessible by clicking on the link at the top of the home page).
Enada began as the Esposizione Nazionale di Apparecchi da Divertimento Automatici, but the show's name was shortened to reflect its growing international importance. It is managed by Rimini Fiera SpA. SAPAR is the Sezioni Apparecchi per Pubbliche Attrazioni Ricreative, a section of the country's entertainment industries association AGIS (Associazione Generale Italiana Spettacolo).