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is 93,628 square miles (242,500 km2), with an estimated
population in 2020 of 67 million.
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the constituent countries have their own devolved
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from 54 countries to attend ICE 2011
organiser of the annual International Casino Exhibition
(ICE), Clarion Gaming, has announced that next months
event will feature exhibitors from 54 nations, which
is more than double the 26 seen at November's Global
Gaming Expo (G2E).
2011 will take place from January 25 to 27 at Londons
Earls Court Exhibition Centre with Clarion describing
it as the most comprehensive and international
business-to-business gaming event on the world stage.
Clarion declared that ICE 2011 would see more than
400 companies active in the online, mobile, betting,
bingo, casino, lottery and street gaming sectors occupy
in excess of 20,000 square metres of stand space to
deliver the most comprehensive insight to the
latest gaming innovations from every corner of the
goes beyond just exhibition statistics, said
Kate Chambers, Show Director for ICE 2011.
real business terms, it means that whatever's taking
place in the entire world of gaming will be demonstrated
by exhibitors at ICE. This is, of course, great news
for our many thousands of visitors who themselves
travel from in excess of 100 countries to be in London.
very clear message is come to ICE 2011 and see
the world of gaming, which combined with the
breadth of gaming sectors on show represents an intoxicating
business proposition and one not to be missed.