Both Washington and Skegness hosted this year’s ECAS events, signalling the growing scope and popularity of the trade show.
This year’s East Coast Amusement Show featured a Washington edition alongside its usual Skegness event, marking the first time the trade show took place in the north east.
The Newcastle Mercure Hotel in Washington held the inaugural north east edition of ECAS, and was attended by the United Distributing Company, RLMS Sales and IPT Imports on 8 – 9 May.
Joshua Hurst, salesman at the United Distributing Company, said: “We’re very happy with our first ever north east show. We had a very good start for the first year, showing that the north east deserves a place on the East Coast Amusement Show calendar.
“It feels great to be able to bring our great range of games up for customers to see in the flesh,” he added.
Whilst the show was much more small scale than the likes of EAG International in London, smaller regional showcase events are valued by local operators and businesses who cannot always make it down for the larger industry events.
“The north east event has been well worth the time and effort for us all. We’ve already decided to book the venue for next year,” United Distributing Company sales director Michael Green said. “We were happy to see plenty of customers from the region take the time to come along. I’ve been bowled over with how successful it’s been in terms of business.”
After two days in Washington, the United Distributing Company, RLMS and ITP Imports packed up and headed to Skegness for the second leg of the event.
The Skegness event was hosted once again by the Southview Park Hotel on 11 – 12 May, finishing off what had been a busy but successful week for all involved.
The United Distributing Company had an impressive number of products on show, including well established games and brand new machines that drew particular attention from visitors.
Hurst commented that, “the 8 player 2p Bingo Pusher was of particular interest to customers, along with the Eclipse photo booth with its impressive curved LED display.”
Meanwhile, Mark Horwood, United Distributing Company managing director, said: “The Thursday and Friday in Skegness were very good for us, with plenty of customers coming through the doors.
“The East Coast Amusement Show is a well established show and has been running for a number of years now. It’s nice to be on the road with the team as we don’t often venture out in such a big group together.
“Our technical guys get to meet customers face to face at these events and it’s invaluable to be able to put names to faces and have a good chat.
“Finally, the East Coast Amusement Show is certainly a little show that packs a big punch and we’d like to thank everyone who came along and made it a such success for us all,” he added.