European Casino Association Welcomes Back UK Gambling Operators
After leaving following the Brexit vote in 2016, eight UK casino operators have now rejoined the European Casino Association (ECA).
The move was made possible following an industry forum at Casino Baden in Austria. There, the ECA approved the rejoining of the operators Aspers Group, Crown Aspinalls, Genting Casinos UK, the Hippodrome Casino, Les Ambassadeurs, Mayfair Casino, Rank Group and Metropolitan Gaming.
It was a great disappointment when the UK left the ECA in 2020, and from the outset, we have been working to bring them back. The UK has a thriving land-based gaming industry, and we are extremely proud that our joint efforts have led to the successful re-entry of the UK as a full member of the ECA. UK casino operators have a lot to offer to the network of continental European operators, and we are thrilled to extend our membership to include the UK.
Simon Thomas, the CEO of London’s Hippodrome, was at the forefront of efforts to rejoin. Following the approval he said that he was “delighted” and said that he believes the operators will be “stronger together through shared experiences.”
He added, “As a full member, we will be capitalising on the knowledge base of the European land-based sector and the incredible value it creates for its members. I’m delighted to be back as a member of the ECA and look forward to the next General Assembly at ICE London on February 7th.”