The Asia Lottery Expo and Forum is set to make its official debut on May 15-17, 2018 in Macau, with aims to “deliver a business, learning and networking platform exclusively designed for lottery professionals”, the organisers said.
The three-day event follows the success of the Asia Lottery Forum and 7th China Lottery Industry Salon, which attracted more than 700 lottery professionals to the event in 2017.
“The Asia Lottery Forum is an annual, not-to-be-missed event,” said Professor Su Guojing, lottery expert and founder of the China Lottery Industry Salon.
“We invited industry experts, academics and professionals from across the region and created a unique opportunity for them. The participants exchanged ideas, learned from each other, and explored how to better promote the healthy and sustainable development of Asia’s lottery industry.”
Asia-Pacific’s lottery industry reported total sales of $107.7bn in 2016, according to the World Lottery Association.
The August 2017 edition of WLA Magazine additionally reported global lottery sales up by 0.9 percent in the first quarter of 2017, with sales in Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region soaring by 9.4 percent, 5.8 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively.
While Mainland China registered cumulative lottery sales of $52.7bn in the first ten months of 2017, at a year-on-year growth of $3.8bn (7.7 percent), including welfare lottery sales of $26.8bn and sports lottery sales of $25.9bn, at a year-on-year increase of $1.3bn (4.9 percent) and $2.5bn (10.7 percent), respectively.
Zhengming Pan, CEO of 500.com, added “The Asia Lottery Forum is our must-attend annual industry event. Particularly, at the last forum, the speakers provided masses of professional information and unique analyses, and the atmosphere was wonderful. This is a valuable opportunity for us. Here we can communicate with lottery experts and explore the future of the industry with them.”
The event will feature three full days of professional seminars led by members of China Lottery Industry Salon Experts Committee and key industry leaders, with a focus on three themes and trends affecting the growth of Asia’s lottery industry, namely “Asian Lottery Market Trends and Dynamics,” “Opportunities, Challenges of the Asia Lottery Industry and the Era of Big Data,” and “Accelerating the Asia Lottery Industry – Corporate Social Responsibility and Technology Innovation Development”.
The Forum will officially conclude with the industry’s first-ever networking session created exclusively for lottery professionals.