Latest Intelligence is a premium content section developed for AGB members only featuring in-depth articles on relevant items of interest across the multiple Asia Pacific Gaming jurisdictions. AGB relies on an extensive network of regional advisors and contributors to ensure that the published content is real, topical and based on fact.

20, Apr 2017
New laws widening the scope of current legislation on money laundering and the financing of terrorist activity are currently before the New Zealand Parliament and similar moves are expected in Australia. The expanded legislation will bring in sports betting and wagering for the first time and will include significant extra costs for industry.  
20, Apr 2017
Thailand would be a major draw for foreign investors were it to legalize its casino industry and would likely provide significant competition for other regional jurisdictions, according to panelists at the recent ASEAN Gaming Summit. The Southeast Asian country already has well-established tourist infrastructure pulling in more than 32 million visitors a year, though the real draw would be if locals were allowed to gamble.  
12, Apr 2017
Lottery revenues increased 9 percent year-on-year in South Korea in 2016 driven in part by changing player perceptions, but remain low when compared with other OECD countries, signaling room for further growth. A gradually changing perception of the lottery as something that can provide funds to help society, together with an expanded online offering are likely to spur future growth.
12, Apr 2017
Affiliate and performance marketers are increasingly targeting Asian markets, with both local start-ups and established European firms chasing after a slice of the fast-growing online sector. With the European market increasingly favoring direct marketing or sponsorship, attention has turned to opportunities in Asia.
6, Apr 2017
Southeast Asia has the world’s fastest growing eSports audience, with signs the region’s land-based operators are beginning to take an interest in how to tap into the potential of this, and other skill-based products, to reach a younger demographic.  
6, Apr 2017
Nepal’s economy is forecast to grow at the fastest pace in 20 years in 2017, with tourism arrivals also recovering, helping to attract foreign investment into its casino sector. Foreign investors are now moving back into the country and the casino sector. During the Nepal Investment Summit  in March a total of $13.7 billion was pledged in foreign direct investment, with the bulk from China. About $10 million was earmarked for tourism and casinos are reopening.  
30, Mar 2017
Imperial Pacific’s highly anticipated multi-billion dollar resort on the island of Saipan is planning to hold an opening on March 31, though it's unclear if anything will actually open. While soft openings are common, with Okada Manila for example starting limited casino operations in December ahead of a full unveiling, also on Friday, in this case, construction delays and labor issues continue to plague the site.
30, Mar 2017
A small change to Australian gambling law in 2015 is now having an impact on the wider industry. The amendment highlights why many are concerned about the market’s ability to support some of the multi-billion dollar IR projects being planned. With Australian's gambling preferences still focused on pokies and VIP revenue declining, who will fill these properties?  

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