|Clarion Events has announced River City Group has joined the Clarion family of gambling industry events and publications.|
This move follows Clarion's successful integration of ATE, the producer of the London-based international Casino Exhibition (ICE) in 2005. ATE and River City Group have been sister companies, co-producing the European i-Gaming Congress and Expo (EiG) for the past four years.
Sue Schneider, founder and CEO of River City Group, said, 'It's a marriage based on a proven relationship that will create a powerhouse serving both the land-based and interactive gambling industries.'
Simon Kimble, Managing Director of Clarion, stated, 'It's the right addition to our properties at the right time. While the company offers service internationally, its events in North America and the Far East offer Clarion a foothold outside the UK.'
Schneider stressed that there will be little or no change to the River City Group operation as a result of the sale. Schneider and the management team of River City Group have made a multi-year commitment to remain with the company to continue to grow its range of events and publications for the interactive gaming industry.
Peter Rusbridge, CEO of ATE, the cornerstone of Clarion's gaming division, commented, 'We've worked well together to develop our European event and we see lots of synergies from joining forces in other parts of the world as well as in other niches in the business.'