Clarion Gaming‘s renowned gaming event ICE London and sister show iGB Affiliate London have been shortlisted in the Association of Exhibition Organisers (AEO) annual Awards. The winners will be announced at the annual Awards ceremony taking place on June 16 at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.
Described by Clarion as “the Oscars for the events industry,” the AOE judging panel has shortlisted ICE London in the Best UK Tradeshow category of events in excess of 8,000 sqm, with iGB Affiliate London named in the final shortlist of events between 4,001 and 8,000 sqm.
In a further accolade, Affiliate Meet Markt, a joint initiative between Gaming and the Digital Marketing Divisions at Clarion, has also been nominated, appearing in the category for Best International Event Launch.
It is worth mentioning that with ICE and iGB Affiliate London, Clarion Gaming delivered two hugely successful events, both of which set new records for attendance and customer satisfaction.
Stuart Hunter, Managing Director at Clarion Gaming, commented: “The AEO shortlist represents a powerful validation of the dedicated work invested by the respective organizing teams in partnership with their customers and the global gaming industry.”
“We have a passion for the sectors that we serve, and I believe that was clearly evident to the many thousands of industry professionals who were in attendance and traveled to be with us from every corner of the world. The AEO received a record number of entries for this year’s awards, and being shortlisted is a great testament to the professionalism of the entire Clarion Gaming team. The team is already deep in planning for the 2024 editions of the events,” he added.
For his part, Andy Ventris, who joined Clarion Gaming in June 2022 as ICE Show Director, commented: “ICE 2023 was a breath-taking introduction to the international gaming industry.”
“I’ve spent all of my professional life in events, but the energy and dynamism on show at ICE London eclipsed anything that I’ve experienced before. Attracting over 40,000 industry professionals to London in February speaks volumes for the work and dedication of everyone associated with the ICE brand.”
In the case of the iGB expo, the event saw more attendees traveling from more countries than at any time in the event’s history. Naomi Barton, Portfolio Director responsible for the iGB brand, concluded: “According to research conducted amongst our stakeholders by the independent research company Explori, iGB Affiliate London 2023 ranked in the top 5% of UK b2b events. To be shortlisted in our category is a further endorsement of the iGB brand and the quality of the stakeholder experience that the team delivered so successfully.”