GAMA proudly announces the posting of our GTS 2009 Show Book. Included you’ll find exhibitor info, information on the Great GAMA Giveaway, our Schedule of Events and much more. To view the GTS Book you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Knowing that the strength of our seminars rests on the knowledegable and talented people who give them, we collected brief biographies for our many seminar speakers for you to view. Take a look at the some of the industry talent appearing on the 2009 schedule.
Still haven’t finalized your plans? There’s still time! Make your hotel reservations (and get your two FREE Paris Buffet coupons by staying in the block), register on-site, and learn how to protect your business and navigate the dangerous currents of today’s retail environment.
We’ll see you at GTS 2009!
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Double the value and double the profit potential of your time at the GAMA Trade Show (GTS)! Again this year, GAMA and the National Retail Hobby Stores Association (NRHSA) team up to bring you two shows for the price of one.
The value begins with your admission to the full track of seminars and the exciting exhibit hall at GTS 2009. Then your your value doubles as you visit the NRHSA Table Top Expo. There, you get a look at the latest products in the hobby industry, including trains, R/C, models, slot cars, and more, plus access to their seminar series. Continue reading
GAMA Retail Division Votes for Change in Election Rules
The GAMA Retail Division voted earlier this year to change their Election Guidelines to allow GRD members not attending the GAMA Trade Show (April 14-17, 2009, at Bally’s in Las Vegas) to participate in the election of Board Members. Part of the business of the new Board elected this year at GTS will include formalizing the system the GRD uses for that process, but we wanted to make sure that the mandate from the membership was not ignored for this year’s elections.
With the understanding that this year’s system is a temporary measure meant to address this need in short order, and will be formalized in the coming year for future elections, here’s the system we’re proposing for this year’s GRD Board Member elections.
If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Wallace, GRD Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading
The GAMA Retail Division board met on October 2-3 in Columbus, Ohio. The board members accomplished quite a lot, including planning projects for the next year and setting the GTS 2009 retail seminar schedule.
Representatives of Wizards of the Coast and WizKids also attended the meeting as invited guests to discuss seminar timing at GTS 2008. Many retailers commented that last year’s GTS manufacturer seminars conflicted with Retailer seminars, making it hard for retailers to attend both educational programs and manufacturer presentations.
Company representatives spent the first afternoon and the next morning in the meeting, and engaged in some very productive conversations. GAMA feels confident that with the level of communication everyone enjoyed this year, scheduling conflicts like we had in 2008 won’t happen again in 2009.
This year’s Gen Con booth was a rousing success! Well over 2000 people stopped by the booth to talk about the 2009 Origins Game Fair and ask what else GAMA was up to. Many of them left with great Origins freebies of pens, pencils, lanyards and for a special few, the coveted full-color badge wallets! GAMA staff members and their faithful volunteers talked about all aspects of the 2008 Origins Game Fair, and dropped hints about what’s coming for 2009. Attendee excitement also ran high over the great success of the new “Fair Only” pass.
Many retailers and manufacturers also requested information about the 2009 GAMA Trade Show, including a lot of companies and individuals who missed the 2008 show but plan to attend next year.
Like most other trade shows in our related industries — WITRA, ASTRA, Toy Fair, etc. – -GTS does not allow children under age 18 on the exhibit hall floor.
Unlike most shows however, GTS does allow children in other areas of the convention. That said, if they are in convention areas, then they must be with you at all times and you must take them out of the area if they are disruptive. Children do not need a badge at GTS.
Most game industry professionals love children, but with the limited time at a trade show, they find that children are a distraction to business.