From the moment Roger Carrillo Campo, the new president of Colombia’s gaming regulator, Coljuegos, declared the 2023 GAT (Gaming and Technology) Expo open, Merkur Gaming Colombia experienced “great success.”
This trade show is not only the largest and most significant gaming B2B event in Colombia, it is also a benchmark meeting place for gaming professionals from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
The show also had an impressive new venue this year, the Las Americas Convention Center in Cartagena de Indias, providing the backdrop to the event and its accompanying regulatory and educational conference sessions.
Merkur’s presence at GAT Expo was headed by general manager Juan Guillermo Diaz, whose his own national team was supported in logistics and technology by representatives from Merkur’s headquarters in Germany and from neighbouring Merkur Gaming Peru.
They presented an extensive product display of MerkurStar, EvoStar and Avantgarde Trio cabinets that hosted an impressive range of the latest games.
Alongside these multigame offerings were the latest developments in Merkur’s linked progressive jackpot technology: a bank of interconnected Link Zone and Link Zone 2 together with Solar Link, 88 Gems, China Charms and The Fortunes of Fulu Chen, plus the very latest evolution of the Merkur Mystery 2.
Also on the Merkur booth were online gaming specialists edict egaming and this combination of land-based and igaming innovations served to attract large numbers of visitors who were confirmed by the show’s organisation as representing 42 countries.
While expressing thanks to his hard-working show team, Diaz also commented: “This edition of GAT Expo has proved to be a great success for Merkur.
“We have made important new contacts as well as writing significant new business in terms of both direct sales and also some new installations that will be conducted on a revenue participation with option to purchase terms.”
He concluded: “In my opinion, the GAT Cartagena show has consolidated this exhibition as a core event not only for the Colombian market, but also for other markets in the Caribbean and in South America.
“I anticipate that the show will be growing and improving still further in 2024 and I look forward to Merkur’s participation at that time.”