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Stephen Lawrie, a more than 30-year veteran at Australia’s Tatts Group has resigned as chief information officer, according to a media report.
Lawrie became the group's CIO after his former employer Unitab merged with Tatts in 2006. He had been the head of technology with Unitab since May 1999.
Lawrie led shared services for the entire business, covering software development, testing, infrastructure and technology operations as well as IT security, compliance and strategy.

David Group, a prominent Macau junket operator, has confirmed that it plans to close three out of seven of its VIP rooms in the gambling hub and will seek expansion in other Asian countries. 

The company is taking the action as part of a re-organization prompted by an industry downturn, Frank Ng, the company’s director of corporate communications, told Bloomberg. 

Nepal’s government is likely to grant a license for Silver Heritage to open the Shangri-La casino in the capital Katmandu within the next two weeks, local media said.

A few days ago, the regulatory body issued a special pre-approval, which said that Silver Heritage should prepare the casino for its re-launch.

Silver Heritage said in December that is was opening a casino in the Shangri-la Hotel & Resort as part of a planned $100 million in phased investments in five-star facilities across Nepal.

Las Vegas Sands disclosed Friday that Sands China CEO and president Edward Tracy will retire effective March 6. Tracy has served as CEO and president since July 2011 and previously held the role of president and chief operating officer from July 2010 to July 2011.
Tracy will serve as a consultant for Sands China starting on March 7.
The nomination committee of Sands China's board will meet on Jan. 23 to consider candidates and make recommendations on the appointment of a new CEO.

Chinese property developer Landing International said the casino in South Korea’s Hyatt Regency Jeju Hotel, which it owns in a joint venture with Genting Hong Kong, will re-open on Jan. 18th.
The Jeju Casino is now operated under the tradename of ‘‘Genting Jeju’’, and currently has 26 Baccarat tables, 1 Blackjack table, 1 Tai Sai table, 1 Roulette table and 16 slot machines.
“The board considers that the grand opening of the Jeju Casino opens a new phase of the

Macau may choose to hike gaming taxes, already the highest in Asia, once the government renews the licenses for concessionaires, CLSA analyst Aaron Fischer was cited as saying.
He said he expects all six current operators to see their licenses renewed and the possibility of one extra license perhaps being granted to a local company.
He sees the gaming tax rate rising from 39 percent to 43 percent.
CLSA is predicting another tough year for Macau in 2015, with gross gambling revenue likely to drop 9 percent, after a 2.6 percent decline in 2014.

Melco Crown Entertainment’s $1.3 billion City of Dreams Manila will hold its grand opening ceremony on Feb. 2nd, according to media reports.
The Philippines’ newest IR held a soft opening on Dec. 14th.
One of the highlights of the gala event will be a concert that will feature world-class performances of local and foreign artists.
The company earlier said the grand opening would be held before Chinese New Year 2015. The Chinese New Year will fall on Feb. 19 to 25.

Hong Kong businessman Cheung Che-kin is suing Las Vegas Sands’ Marina Bay Sands for damages alleging he lost money after the casino stopped him gambling using pooled chips, according to media reports.
Cheung claims the Singapore casino prevented him from taking over a baccarat game with a friend. MBS has denied the claims and launched a counter suit to retrieve $11.5 million in credit it gave to the businessman to gamble.

Visitor arrivals to Singapore were down 3.6 percent in November to 1.14 million, though tourists from China rose 9.9 percent consolidating a recovery that began in October, according to figures from the Singapore Tourism Board.
Total China arrivals in November were 131,518, but for the first 11 months as a whole China numbers were down 25.7 percent. The decline was attributed to tighter Chinese visa regulations, coupled with political unrest in Thailand and the disappearance of flight MH370, which all dented China travel numbers to the region.

Melco Crown Entertainment has unveiled details of its new $3.2 billion Hollywood-themed Studio City resort, which is scheduled to open later this year.
Studio City, which has art-deco inspired architecture, claims to offer the most diverse collection of entertainment offerings ever seen in Macau, including a two-tower hotel and “highly sophisticated” shopping and dining experiences.