Georgia to Host a Gambling Business Conference For the First Time Since the Pandemic Started

Smile-Expo international company will hold Georgia Gambling Conference on April 15, 2021

Gambling business in Georgia comprised from 10% to 30% of direct and indirect income in the tourism sector of the country before the pandemic, according to various estimates. More than two-thirds of casino visitors in Tbilisi and Batumi were foreign tourists. While during a year now, the industry has been forced to stand idle.

However, since March 1, casino operations are allowed in Batumi, and in the near future, entertainment business facilities are expected to open throughout the country.
Georgian online casinos have grown to an international level in recent years and have attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign investments. Today, local operators in the online sector are major players in the global entertainment industry. Georgia also succeeds in attracting foreign companies that locate their divisions here, providing services around the world.

Currently, the gambling business is an important part of the Georgian economy, while there are social problems that the state and the local business are trying to cope with.
For the first time since the pandemic, Georgia Gambling Conference will unite qualified lawyers, marketing and IT experts, as well as other professionals involved in the development and promotion of the gambling business.

The conference will be useful for representatives of the gambling business and related industries: tourism, hotel business, marketing, legal, financial services, etc.
Georgia Gambling Conference will become a platform for productive networking, where attendees and participants will be able to establish useful contacts during the speed dating sessions, agree on partnerships or attract business investments.

The speakers of the conference will include:

Lavrentiy Gubin – a recognized expert in the gambling business, head of Marketing and PR at Talentgrator, Brand Ambassador of the specialized Ukrainian Gaming Week 2021 exhibition. More than 15 years of experience in the largest casinos in the region. Speaker will make a presentation: “What is Responsible Gaming? Why is it important for the operator?”

Sofia Karapetyan – Head of Marketing at Tourinvest. Previously, she was responsible for marketing at Shangri La Casino in Tbilisi, Casinos Austria International, Ambassadori Casino Tbilisi and Eclipse Casino Batumi. The expert will focus her speech on the topic: “How the coronavirus pandemic changed casinos”.

Bryan Simcock – General Manager at Casino Shangri La Tbilisi. An experienced professional in casino management who held executive positions in the gambling business around the world for 35 years. Bryan will make a presentation on the topic: “Gambling tourism as an important indicator of the economic growth”.

Maka Gorgadze – CMO at Casino Adjara. The topic of presentation: “Gambling marketing in Georgia before the pandemic and expectations for the future”.
Ilya Machavariani – a lawyer with extensive experience, Senior Partner at 4H consulting agency, specializing in the gambling business. The speaker will make a presentation on the topic: “Self-regulation, lobbying and legislation”.

Peyvand Pourshaban – Managing Director at Tbilisi Radio, CEO at Sem Seo Group. As part of his speech, Peyvand will address the topic of “How to use Artificial Intelligence for Inbound Marketing?”

The conference will take place on April 15 at The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi.

During the next weekend 9 – 11 April, the conference tickets will be sold with a “Black Friday” 66% discount.

A full list of speakers, topics of their presentations, as well as tickets are available on the official website of the conference:

Smile Expo
The event will be organized by Smile Expo – an international company that specializes in holding events dedicated to innovative technologies. Over its 14-year history, Smile-Expo conducted more than 270 industry events in 28 countries around the world. These are exhibitions, conferences, congresses, forums and festivals. The company has already organized a number of events in Georgia dedicated to the gambling business and blockchain technologies.

Representatives of government authorities and professional communities, as well as media workers and bloggers are invited to participate in the conference.

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