Gaming Meets Hospitality, January 2024 article in GGB Magazine

Gaming Meets Hospitality

Consumer desires have changed, and the gaming and entertainment industries are at a crossroads. For casino resorts to attract and retain customers, they must “reposition themselves as a premier destination for all consumers, including non-gamers, integrating various elements and attractions within as a part of a broader destination experience,” according to the latest piece by…
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Planetizen course: Demystifying AI

Cautiously Curious and Learning More about AI

I’ve got to admit a couple of things.  First, I’m still curious about AI. Second, this year I fell a bit behind in my required continuing education to maintain my AICP certification.  Between preparing for and completing the 16-week Goldman Sachs 10KSB Program and simultaneously managing and working in our company, I just didn’t finish…
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Forever Learning, and Apparently Quicker and Better than AI

At Convergence Strategy Group, we are continually refreshing our skills, learning new things, questioning, and growing. Whether through mandated continuing education to maintain my AICP credentials, industry conferences, podcasts, books, or news articles, we are constantly expanding our knowledge base. That brings me to AI, the most hyped-up tool I can recall in some time….
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Will Casino Gaming Come to the Lone Star State?

The December issue of GGB Global Gaming Business Magazine leads with the Top 10 industry trends for 2023, including integrated resorts in Europe, microbetting, casino marketing changes, and Trend #4: Texas Teases by CSG Managing Partner Suzanne P. Leckert. The article addresses the potential for casino gaming legislation in Texas: The rumors have been going around…
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Suzanne Leckert debates sports books at stadiums on “Chicago Tonight”

Convergence Strategy Group’s Managing Partner, Suzanne Leckert, was featured on WTTW’s popular program “Chicago Tonight” to debate the City of Chicago’s proposal to allow sports books near the city’s five sports stadiums.  The ordinance allows for large-scale entertainment and wagering facilities within a 5-block radius of each stadium, operational 365 days per year.  The impact…
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Slidell Casino Forum with St. Tammany Parish Chamber of Commerce

Convergence Strategy Group’s Suzanne Leckert participated in a recent forum hosted by the St. Tammany Parish Chamber of Commerce to address community concerns about the proposed Camellia Bay Resort Casino in Slidell, Louisiana. Ms. Leckert discusses the potential impacts of this resort casino development on the community. Watch the video here: Community Impact Assessment Discussion…
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PODCAST: How it all happened in Danville, Virginia

When the State of Virginia legalized casinos for five economically distressed cities last year, Danville was the only city that went through a request for proposal process to find a developer for a casino in that town. The city hired Convergence Strategy Group to handle the process, which just ended with the city choosing Caesars…
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City of Danville, Virginia Selects Caesars Entertainment

The City of Danville, Virginia has selected and is in negotiations with its preferred casino gaming operator, Caesars Entertainment. We applaud the leadership and hard work of Danville’s Mayor, City Council, City Manager, previous and Interim Directors of Economic Development, and numerous City staff in achieving this milestone for the community. In March 2019, the…
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G2E Presentation: Demographic and Psychographic Analytics

On Thursday, October 17, 2019, Convergence Strategy Group Managing Partner Suzanne Leckert and Tribal Gaming Services’ Joseph Witterschein led a discussion on Understanding Your Customers Through Demographic and Psychographic Analytics at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This important event for the gaming industry attracted nearly 30,000 attendees, including commercial and tribal casino…
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Illinois – New Gaming Opportunities for Everyone (to Get Cannibalized?)

Earlier this month, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation that paves the way for a major expansion of gaming in the state. Slots at racetracks and airports, new casinos in six new cities (including Chicago), as well as sports betting proximate to large stadiums around the state will all add to the existing gaming landscape…
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Progress Toward Integrated Resorts in Japan

Just returned from yet another Japan Gaming Congress. Things seem to have progressed somewhat slowly since last year’s Congress, but as compared to last year when prognosticators were all over the board as to when integrated casino resorts would ultimately pop up in Japan (2024-2030), there didn’t appear to be much variance this time around…
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