WLA Conventions – past, present, and future
The World Lottery Summit 2012 in Montreal, Canada
The World Lottery Summit 2012 (WLS 2012) in Montreal, Canada, brings two separate conventions, the 2012 WLA Convention and Trade Show and the NASPL 2012 Conference and Trade Show, together under the one roof. By joining forces, the WLA and NASPL aim to deliver a world lottery summit of unparalleled depth and quality to the members and contributors of both associations.
The theme for WLS 2012 is "a world of opportunities à la Montréal", reflecting the world of opportunities arising from the rapid pace of change in the lottery industry, and the world of opportunities that awaits you in multicultural, cosmopolitan Montreal. For more information about WLS 2012, see the convention and trade show web site at www.wls2012.com. We look forward to seeing you September 9–12, 2012 "à la Montréal"!
WLA 2010 Convention and Trade Show - A memorable event!
The WLA 2010 Convention and Trade Show came to a close on Friday, November 5, 2010. We are appreciative of all those that made their way to Brisbane, Australia. Your attendance helped make this a positive happening. We truly hope that this was a valuable experience for you and that you will profit from the knowledge you have gained and the contacts you have made throughout the convention week. A special thanks goes out to Tatts Lotteries - Golden Casket, our host for this event, whose splendid organization and warm hospitality were the heart and soul of the convention. We would also like to thank our contributors whose support makes such events possible. In the coming days we will be bringing you highlights from the convention. We will also be posting the keynote presentations as well as those from the parallel session in the member section of the website. We now set our sights forward to our next big event, the World Lottery Summit 2012, which will take place in Montreal, Canada.
A positive turnout for World Meet 2009!
Close to 500 delegates representing 65 nations converged on the Latin American metropolis of Santiago de Chile for the World Meet 2009 this past October 26 – 29. Santiago, located in the central valley of Chile, is a modern city embraced by a mountain range that is as beautiful and majestic as any alpine range in central Europe. This charming and hospitable city proved to be the perfect setting for this event.
The WLA would like to thank Polla Chilena de Beneficencia for making the participants comfortable with their warm hospitality and excellent organization. We would also like to thank CIBELAE for their cooperation and camaraderie and for helping us to make the World Meet 2009 a world class event.
The WLA 2008 Convention and Trade Show
October 19-24, 2008
The WLA 2008 Convention and Trade Show will remain an unforgettable event. A special thanks goes out to OPAP, for hosting the convention and doing a marvelous job on the organization. We would also like to thank our contributors, our members and all those who came out to Rhodes to make this an event to remember. We look forward to seeing you all again at the World Meet 2009 in Santiago de Chile.
The parallel session presentations can be found in the member section of the website under Academy > Seminar Reports. (Login required)
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World Meet 2007, Louisville, Kentucky
3-6 October, 2007
2006 Convention, Singapore
November 12-17, 2006
The WLA Convention and Trade Show for 2006 was hosted by Singapore Pools at the world-famous Raffles City Convention Centre. Revolving around the theme Beyond a World of Numbers, the program covered new legislation, shifting demographics and changing customer preferences, as well as Eastern beliefs, values and practices and their influence on lottery operations. The Convention and Trade Show was fully integrated, with exhibits lining the delegates' routes to the meeting rooms.
2006 World Lottery Forum, Mérida, Mexico
1-5 February, 2006
Initially planned for November 2005 in Cancún, this event had to be rescheduled after Hurricane Wilma devastated the north-eastern Yucatan peninsula in late October. The Forum was held in Mérida, the historic capital of Yucatan state, in February 2006 and featured a mix of keynote sessions and parallel streams as well as the Directors Summit and WLA General Assembly. Hosted by the Mexican National Lottery, Lotería Nacional para la Asistencia Pública and officially opened by Vicente Fox, President of Mexico, the Forum attracted more than 500 lottery professionals from 69 countries.
2004 Convention, Durban, South Africa
14-19 November, 2004
South Africa's National Lottery, Uthingo Management, hosted the first worldwide lottery conference ever staged in Africa. Organized around the theme of "Dream Africa", the 2004 WLA Convention and Trade Show focused on the three key topics of Growth, Innovation, and Reputation.
2003 World Lottery Forum, Granada, Spain
5-8 October, 2003
Hosted by the Spanish National Lottery, Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, in Granada, Spain, the first WLA World Lottery Forum was a resounding success. With its new format focusing on break-out sessions and round-tables, it provided an outstanding interactive learning experience for lottery managers of all levels.
2002 WLA Congress, Adelaide, South Australia
17-22 November, 2002
South Australia hosted the 3rd WLA Convention and Trade Show in Adelaide on the theme "The knowledge to lead. The vision to prosper." Leading international speakers provided insights into subjects such as business ethics, intellectual property, enabling technology and innovation for sustainable growth.
World Meet '01
11-15 October, 2001
The WLA combined its 2nd Convention with the Annual Conference of the North American State and Provincial Lotteries Association (NASPL) to organize World Meet '01. The event was hosted by the New Mexico Lottery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, and was attended by more than 1,000 lottery professionals from all over the world.
2000 Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom
4-9 June, 2000
The first WLA Conference and Trade Show, hosted by Camelot in Glasgow, was attended by more than 1,500 delegates. It included the first WLA General Assembly and elections of the first WLA Executive Committee. Transition President Guy Simonis handed over to Reidar Nordby, Jr.
1999 Oslo Relations
29 August - 3 September, 1999
In Oslo, members of AILE and Intertoto held their last General Assemblies and decided to merge to establish a single World Lottery Association. The meeting was hosted by Norsk Tipping. The AILE and Intertoto executives formed a 16-member interim Executive Committee chaired by Guy Simonis to organize the transition to the WLA.
1953-1998 Intertoto and AILE events
Intertoto and AILE, the two organizations that merged to form the WLA in 1999, had held regular conventions and congresses starting in 1953. Click to view a complete listing of Intertoto and AILE events that marked almost half a century of development in the regulated sports betting and lottery industry.