29.02.2024

by Mateusz Mazur

Bacta Engages UK Labour Candidates on Tourism and Gaming Industry Challenges

In a strategic meeting last week, Bacta, the leading trade association for the UK’s amusement and gaming machine industry, engaged with a trio of Labour Party General Election candidates to discuss critical tourism-related issues impacting the sector.

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George McGregor, Bacta’s executive director for government relations, regulatory affairs, and communications, represented the association in discussions with Labour candidates Patrick Hurley (Southport), Michelle Scrogham (Barrow and Furness), and Chris Webb (Blackpool South).

A Timely Dialogue with Prospective MPs

The timing of the meeting, ahead of the anticipated General Election, provided a prime opportunity for Bacta to establish connections with potential future lawmakers.

George McGregor emphasized the importance of this dialogue, noting, “We know that there will be a General Election this year and it is a really opportune time to engage with prospective parliamentary candidates who are in campaigning mode.”

Given the candidates’ favorable standings in current opinion polls, the discussions hold significant potential for shaping future policy considerations related to the amusement and gaming industry.

Highlighting Industry Contributions and Challenges

The meeting served as a platform for Bacta to highlight the substantial contributions of the amusement and gaming sector to local economies across the UK.

McGregor took the opportunity to articulate the unique challenges facing the industry, particularly the regulatory constraints on stake and prize limits that inhibit the ability of businesses to adjust pricing in response to market demands.

Our Comment on the Article

Bacta’s proactive engagement with Labour Party candidates underscores the critical interplay between the gaming industry and legislative frameworks. By fostering early dialogue with potential MPs, Bacta aims to ensure that the unique needs and contributions of the amusement and gaming sector are adequately represented in future policy discussions.

This meeting reflects a broader trend in the gaming and iGaming industry towards active participation in the political process, emphasizing the importance of informed, supportive legislation that balances regulatory concerns with the industry’s growth and sustainability. As the General Election approaches, the outcomes of such engagements could have lasting impacts on the UK’s gaming landscape and its role within the broader tourism ecosystem.

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