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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.

12, Feb 2016
Macau’s embattled junket operators have embarked on a public relations push following a series of scandals involving VIP promoters and ongoing concern about lack of transparency in the market. Senior figures tell AGB that the contribution of the junket industry to Macau's growth has been overshadowed by recent controversies. 
12, Feb 2016
The opening of Macau’s first junket-run VIP slot room has been seen as a bold move by an industry seeking new sources of revenue, but analysts have warned it may be a tough sell given the weak operating environment and lack of enthusiasm for machines among high rollers. The JJJ Grand Prize VIP slot room aims to emulate the model that lured China's high rollers to the baccarat tables.  
5, Feb 2016
With growth stagnant in poker’s traditional strongholds of North America and Europe, operators are beginning to look towards Asia for markets which could kickstart a second boom.  
5, Feb 2016
Thai universities are increasingly concerned about the growing trend of students addicted to gambling and borrowing money from state education loans to support their gaming habits. University academics are urging officials to tackle the issue, especially student access to online websites through smartphones, calling on cellphone operators to block gambling websites. Recents surveys have revealed the extent of gambling practices among youth in the Kingdom and are likely to make any attempt to...
28, Jan 2016
The Star Entertainment Group, formerly known as Echo Entertainment Group, is undergoing a group-wide renaissance, reshaping its brand identity and revamping its properties to take advantage of a forecast surge in Asian tourism. Group CEO Matt Bekier says he's convinced the next "boom" for Australia will come from tourism and is positioning the brand to benefit. 
28, Jan 2016
Nepal’s casino industry is forecast to bounce back in 2016 after a devastating earthquake last year and an unofficial border blockade imposed by India. According to Union Gaming Analytics, an industry consultant, the Indian market could have the potential for US$4 billion in gaming revenue and Nepal casino insiders say operators are perfectly positioned to attract those players. The industry in Nepal has faced a tumultuous few years, with the government shuttering all casinos in 2014 after...
22, Jan 2016
While Beijing’s anti-corruption drive has often been blamed as a primary factor behind the slump in Macau’s gaming revenue, the same regime is also responsible for proposing and supporting another initiative that may have widespread implications for the development of the Asian gaming industry -- the “One Belt and One Road” project. The plan to develop the old Silk Road linking Asia to Europe is likely to provide a significant boost to tourism in tandem with the gaming industry.
22, Jan 2016
The multi-billion properties opening up on Macau’s Cotai strip are still likely to be viable, despite the slump in gaming revenue in the territory, though returns will fall far short of the levels expected when the resorts were first planned, analysts say. The six operators are set to almost double their room capacity over the next two years at a time of unprecedented uncertainty for the revenue outlook. 

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