Q2 NEWSLETTER  |  June 9, 2016
by Michael Vanaskie

The Innovation Group is pleased and honored to come away from another successful G2E Asia. We met numerous industry thought leaders and contributed to the advancement of industry knowledge.  We were major contributors to events throughout the conference, helping to make G2E Asia's 10th Anniversary one to remember while laying the groundwork for the event's next 10 years.
by Jennifer Day
& Angela Slovachek

Spurred by budget shortfalls and bouts of Powerball Mania, state governments continue to explore opportunities to expand lottery offerings in order to generate additional revenue.  While this is not a new phenomenon, states have the widest array of options to offer lottery participants.  
About the writers:

Michael Vanaskie
Jennifer Day

Angela Slovacheck

Lessons Learned:
The Innovation Group's takeaways from recent conferences

From this year's Brazilian Gaming Congress to G2E Asia, The Innovation Group has shared and gained valuable knowledge.  Here are some of our recent lessons learned:
  1. G2E Asia 2016 Takeaways  
TIG to Speak at Canadian Gaming Summit Next Week
The Innovation Group has been asked to speak at  Canadian Gaming Summit in Gatineau/Ottawa, from June 13-15, 2016.  From our team of market experts, Michael Soll, President, will be the speaker for the following session:
Wednesday, June 15
10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
The Innovation Group welcomes the opportunity to meet with you during your time there, and if you would like to connect with Michael, please email him at msoll@theinnovationgroup.com.
Economic Opportunities in Saipan
Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd. continues its strong operational and development expertise in Saipan, the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).  The development project is expected to present significant opportunities for Saipan's economy, with the resort set to target high value Asian gamers and tourists from Asia's burgeoning and increasingly wealthy middle class. 
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TIG Welcomes the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation's Newest Member: Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel
On September 28, 2015, the much anticipated and long awaited Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel opened for business.  Located in the southwest corner of the state just minutes from downtown Murphy, North Carolina, the casino provides a second, closer gaming alternative to markets such as Knoxville, Chattanooga, and downtown Atlanta, all of which are within approximately two hour's drive from the facility.  Set on 92 acres of land high on a hill, the facility enjoys excellent 360 degree views of the Nantahala National Forest.   Click here for full story.
Angela Slovachek
The Innovation Group

Since joining us in February 2015, Angela has become an invaluable member of The Innovation Group team.  With a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning, an undergraduate degree in economics, prior work experience at a community recovery and planning firm, and 10 years of managerial experience in the restaurant industry, Angela has been exceptionally successful applying her skills and experience to our gaming and hospitality projects.  Based out of our New Orleans office, Angela's primary focus has been in the domestic market, performing market analyses, financial forecasts, economic impact studies, and diversification strategies for both commercial and Native American projects.  She also collaborates on some of the company's international projects, providing market research for feasibility studies and white papers.  Angela contributes to our Emerging Leaders of Gaming initiative, moderating webinars and writing 40 Under 40 profiles for Global Gaming Business magazine.   Read and share full bio.
IN THE NEWS  - Articles"One Belt, One Road" to Help Drive Casino Growth by David Rittvo & Michael Zhu  |  Tribal Expansion: Nooks and Crannies? by Erika Meeske  |  Look Up or Look Out? by Tom Zitt  Press Mentions: "Japan Casinos Off The Table Despite Favorable Cards" in Forbes Asia

EVENTS & CONFERENCES - See which upcoming trade shows TIG will be attending in the next few months. 

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