A delegation from the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), led by Chairman Ernest L. Stevens Jr., recently traveled to Germany to visit the corporate offices of the Gauselmann Group and meet with its Founder and Chairman of the Board Paul Gauselmann.

The NIGA members started off their visit in Eastern Westphalia, according to a press release. They visited the Gauselmann Group’s production plant in Lübbecke, the company’s training center at Schloss Benkhausen in Espelkamp and the German Coin-Op Museum, which is also located on that estate. 

The high-ranking guests also experienced German casino flair in the Merkur Casino arcades in Espelkamp as well as at the Bad Oeynhausen casino, where they were given a guided, behind-the-scenes tour.

In addition, they made use of their stay to engage in intensive discussions with various company representatives, especially Gauselmann, who invited Stevens along with Jürgen Stühmeyer, management board member for Merkur and Athanasios Isaakidis, chief executive, international for Merkur, to a personal meeting. “It is a great honor for us to welcome Stevens and his delegation to the Gauselmann Group’s company headquarters,” Gauselmann said. Stevens has been passionately campaigning for the concerns of the Indian gaming industry in the U.S. for decades. Thanks to his skill, gaming revenues have been more than tripled in the past two decades. This is a remarkable achievement and a great win for the affiliated Indian tribes, who use the generated revenues to implement many social projects such as schools, kindergartens and hospitals.”

After the meeting, the NIGA members spent the weekend in Berlin exploring Germany’s capital city and its numerous attractions. The varied program was rounded off with a personal guided tour of the German parliament (Bundestag).

“We are delighted to have received the invitation to get to know the East-Westphalian Gauselmann Group personally and about the wonderful hospitality shown to us during our stay,” Stevens said. “It was really fascinating to see how the high-quality products of the games makers in Germany are manufactured and, like our casinos in the U.S., how they also secure local jobs.”