The 21st annual Southern Gaming Summit to be held May 6-8 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss., will offer a Diversity Vendor Fair on the exhibit floor. Southern Gaming Summit’s Diversity Fair Pavilion will feature exhibit space at significantly reduced rates for qualified vendors, creating a unique sales opportunity for women- and minority-owned businesses, which will be able to market their products and services to over 2,000 show attendees from across the region.

“Mississippi’s gaming operators have a longstanding commitment to diversity in hiring and procurement, and this year’s Diversity Vendor Fair is an extension of that,” said Larry Gregory, executive director, Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association, which co-produces the event with BNP Media Gaming Group.”The Fair represents an opportunity for vendors to both open doors to new opportunities in the southern region and to strengthen and renew existing ties. For operators, it is a chance to discover the many excellent local gaming suppliers who can add value to their operations every day.”

As part of the Diversity Fair booth package, participants will receive a range of other benefits including skirted table and chairs, carpeting, drapes, signage, complimentary show floor passes and a listing on the Diversity Fair page of the show directory. The Diversity Fair will form part of a revitalized show floor at Southern Gaming Summit that will feature live bingo games and the first ever Southern Gaming Summit slot competition, the details of which will be announced in late February.

There will also be plenty of networking opportunities available throughout the event, with the return of the popular opening day Global Gaming Women Luncheon at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, May 6. Opening day will also feature a welcome reception that same night at Golden Nugget. An opening night party follows on Wednesday, May 7, at the IP Casino Resort.

Also on the program at Southern Gaming Summit are keynote speeches from Tilman Fertitta, CEO and Sole Owner, Landry’s, Inc., parent company of Golden Nugget, and Geoff Freeman, President and CEO, American Gaming Association; and a two-day Southern Gaming Summit conference program featuring 16 breakout sessions focused on a broad range of issues of interest to the commercial and tribal gaming sectors, nine of which will offer qualified attendees CLE and CPE continuing education credits. The Summit’s companion show, Bingo World Conference & Expo Bingo, will offer 12 breakout sessions, plus its popular Bingo U workshops. All Southern Gaming Summit & Bingo World conference attendees will have access to the full program.

 The full conference program, as well as information on how to register, is available at www.sgsummit.com.