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10, Aug 2017
The last five years have seen a tumultuous business environment for casino operators in Australasia. Barely five years ago, CFOs of two of the largest concessionaires in Macau were predicting annual revenues in excess of US$100 billion by 2020, driven by the China VIPs. Attracted by China's massive potential many of the region's casino operators placed their focus on the one market. Now that's changing and marketing strategies need to change too.   
10, Aug 2017
As operators around Asia vye for licenses in new markets, one corporate social responsibility expert suggests they should change their approach. Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president, public policy and corporate social responsibility, at Caesars Entertainment says not enough is being done to explain what an IR is and the benefits it can bring to society. Not only can a good CSR program help to alleviate perceptions about gambling harm, it can also be a revenue driver. 
3, Aug 2017
The push to legalize casinos in Thailand appears to be gathering momentum, though experts say any reforms are unlikely to have much of an impact on the thriving illegal market, which is estimated at more than $5 billion a year. Academics in the country, who focus on gaming, say there is increasing confidence that the issue of casinos will be raised again after the next general election, expected in late 2018. It would be the  most significant step in gaming industry reforms since Thailand...
3, Aug 2017
In just three years, the first of the licenses awarded to Macau’s concessionaires expire and, despite the billions of dollars invested by the operators in the market, there is still no clarity over the renewal process. There is no mechanism under the current law for automatic renewal which, as the deadline approaches, is leading to increasing concern in the market as to the tack the government may take. Views on the ground are mixed.
27, Jul 2017
Most gaming industry analysis currently predicts that the city of Yokohama may very well become the host for Japan’s largest IR in the mid-2020s. Situated in Kanagawa Prefecture as part of Japan’s capital region—with its vast population of tens of millions—almost any major IR operator would love to have a piece of this action; but even should Japan’s IR Implementation Bill pass smoothly through the national legislature, it remains far from clear that Yokohama will actually decide to seek a...
27, Jul 2017
On October 28, 2017, Kinmen Island will hold a referendum in which the residents will be asked if they would support the establishment of casino-based tourism resorts on the island. Kinmen (also known as Quemoy) is a Taiwan-controlled island located off the coast of China, just outside Xiamen harbor. While a yes vote is by no means a guarantee of a future casino on Kinmen, a no vote may spell the end for any hopes of legalizing gambling in Taiwan any time soon.   
20, Jul 2017
Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific finally opened the casino portion of its $3.1-billion IR project on the Pacific island of Saipan on July 6, though the group still faces hurdles in completing the resort. The company has generated considerable buzz since it opened a temporary facility which has been generating multi-billion dollar levels of VIP rolling volume from just 16 tables.
20, Jul 2017
Asia’s gaming markets have seen a strong first half, with Macau, the Philippines and Cambodia leading the way, prompting some analysts to revise upwards their targets for the full year. But it hasn’t all been plain sailing; the fatal attack on Resorts World Manila lead to a suspension of its gambling operations in June, while South Korea continues to underperform after a diplomatic spat with China, which banned tour groups after Seoul agreed to deploy a U.S. missile shield.

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