EC&O secures International Gaming Expo till 2015
22-Apr-10by Annie Byrne
Clarion Events has signed a five-year agreement with Earls Court and Olympia (EC&O) to hold its International Gaming Expo there until at least 2015. MD of Clarion Events Gaming Exhibitions, Julian Graves, says that Clarion is aware of the speculation surrounding the venue and during its consultation with the casino and gaming industry “it became abundantly clear it considers Earls Court to be its home”.The speculation, Graves notes, is the news that Earls Court owner CapCo plans to redevelop Earls Court after the Olympics in 2012, which EN covered on 19 January 2010. MD of Earls Court Olympia, Nigel Nathan, says: “CapCo has made no secret of its desire to redevelop the Earls Court site, however this is an enormously complex project, one with significant implications for London. “Because of the scale of the proposed project it has been required to submit as part of the London Development Plan, a 15-year strategic vision for London. The project, which is in the early stages of consultation, requires political support, at local, regional and national level and then full planning permission and funding," he adds.