LAS VEGAS — Some 3,200 participants attended the Amusement and Music Operators Association's International Expo, which ran from September 10 to 12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. According to exhibitors, operators and distributors, this year's AMOA Expo was among the best ever in terms of product innovation and purchasing interest.
Initial AMOA figures show that attendance in the buyer's group was slightly down from last year. W.T. Glasgow Inc., the show's producer, reported 1,703 buyers at this year's trade show, compared with 1,887 in 2007. The number of exhibitors dropped to 120 this year from 153 the year prior.
Separately, the International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry reported total attendance for its Fun Expo, collocated with AMOA Expo, at 1,155, compared with 1,700 last year. The Fun Expo exhibitor tally declined to 81 from 119 in 2007. Fun Expo and AMOA exhibits were intermingled, a move that drew positive feedback from exhibitors.
In terms of innovation, 2008's AMOA Expo was a big hit, introducing high-def solutions for today's resourceful operators. JVL Corp. showed a new widescreen touchscreen system with a pay-for-play music-streaming component. Formerly focusing on music and content only, Ecast announced its entry into jukebox manufacturing with the EQ, which features a high-definition 40-in. screen turned on its side. AMI Entertainment and Merit announced a partnership with Tap TV, which will enable operators to integrate new content into their jukeboxes and touchscreen videogames, as well as on plasma screens in locations.
AMOA's annual membership breakfast celebrated the association's 60th anniversary amid business. The trade group introduced its 2008-'09 president, Russ Mawdsley of Russell Hall Inc. (Holyoke, MA), who succeeded Lloyd Williamson of Williamson's Amusement Inc. (Winona, MN). During the meeting, AMOA's Innovator Awards were presented to Ecast for EQ; Incredible Technologies for Golden Tee LIVE 2009; TouchTunes for PlayPorTT; and Triotech Amusement for UFO Stomper.
Next year's AMOA International Expo is scheduled for September 24 to 26 in Las Vegas. The next Fun Expo will held from March 11 to 13 at Las Vegas Convention Center, collocating for the first time with the Amusement Showcase International.