Divided by Oceans: Connected by Opportunity
Tatts Lotteries Hosts
the 2015 APLA / WLA Seminar
GOLD COAST, Australia (April
27, 2015) The 2015 APLA / WLA Seminar hosted by Tatts Lotteries,
commenced with the opening dinner held in the grounds of the Sheraton Mirage
Resort and Spa on the Gold Coast Queensland Australia.
Delegates were accommodated at
the 5-star Sheraton Mirage, a resort deserving of its reputation as one of the
most luxurious and welcoming destinations on the Gold Coast.
The Seminar registration was
at capacity, with approx. 123 delegates representing some 44 organizations from
19 countries in attendance.
This year even saw delegates
from Morocco, which was a first, as well as people travelling from as far
afield as Greece, Belgium, France, China and the UK.
The Theme for this year's
Regional Conference is: Divided by Oceans: Connected by Opportunity.
The topics under this theme
are very appropriate to lotteries in the Asia region and beyond.
Sue Van Der Merwe, Chief
Operating Officer for Tatts Lotteries captured the essence of the chosen theme
by outlining that although Oceans physically divide people across the world,
the opportunity to connect, engage and build relationships has never been
stronger thanks to the innovation and technology through traditional and remote
As we capitalize on new
technologies, our Lotteries and Vendors are able to engage and build on the
traditional player base, with the aim to deliver greater returns for the good
causes and communities that Lotteries serve.
The Opening Dinner was held on
Monday April 27, and graced by the finest weather the Gold Coast could
In the Morning, Delegates were
treated to a Golf Tour that commenced with the rising sun. Transport was
arranged to deliver Golf Lovers to the award winning greens of
Glades Golf Club at Robina.
The 72 par course was designed
by Golfing Legend Greg Norman, and provided visually stunning surrounds.
As Delegates were then free to
explore and experience the resort facilities and Gold Coast surrounds
throughout the day, the Sheraton Mirage got to work in preparation for the
exceptional presentation of the opening dinner which commenced with pre dinner
drinks at 6pm.
The surroundings were
breathtaking and it was clear that Tatts Lotteries had selected an outstanding
venue to engage delegates, with the ocean backdrop and sounds of the surf
combined with the scent of Hibiscus and a warm, still night.
As the night progressed, the
party was treated to a magic show under the stars, with a duo from the gold
coast entertaining guests with card tricks and a floating table that was truly
The night was sponsored by
GTECH, INTRALOT, Scientific Games, Pollard and Jumbo Interactive, with
additional support from JUMBO in supplying WiFi and technical support.
Guests enjoyed a sumptuous
buffet of Australian Cuisine, fine wines and delectable deserts.
Delegates all gave feedback to
Lottery Insider that the opportunity to connect and network was welcomed, with
all unanimous in praising the night as spectacular.
SOURCE: Tracey James, Editor