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.

27, Aug 2015
Echo Entertainment, which beat a consortium of Greenland and Crown Resorts to redevelop the Queen’s Wharf in Brisbane, says the gap between actual visitors to Australia and those who place the country at the top of their aspirational list shows the enormous potential for Asian tourism. In a recent interview at Echo Entertainment’s current headquarters at The Star casino in Sydney, new Managing Director and CEO, Matt Bekier and Star Managing Director Greg Hawkins expressed full confidence...
25, Aug 2015
Loyalty programs have been in vogue in the casino industry for around thirty-five years, but are operators in Macau and Singapore getting the most from their offerings? Taking a leaf from grocery stores’ discount cards and the frequent flyer programs of airlines, the basic model of a “slot club” was implemented in 1980s. Then in 1997, Harrah’s (now Caesars) rolled out a loyalty card program called Total Rewards, which tracks customers' gaming activity and gives them rewards to encourage them...
21, Aug 2015
The first full season of Premier League football since the United Kingdom’s point of consumption (PoC) taxation regime was introduced in November kicked off this month, and fears that PoC would drive many Asia-facing operators away from the British market appear to be unfounded. Asia-facing operators will adorn the shirts of a quarter of Premier League teams for this upcoming season. Mansion (Crystal Palace and Bournemouth), Dafabet (Sunderland), 138.com (Watford) and TLCBET (West Bromwich...
21, Aug 2015
Poker is booming in India, though regulatory uncertainty, a lack of infrastructure and high taxes, are keeping the market from achieving its full potential, experts say. According to Peter Abraham, the brain behind the India Poker Championship, one of the country’s premier poker tournaments, the poker business has seen “exponential growth” over the last five years.  The IPC will be holding its main event in December this year and about 150 attendees are expected, more than double when the...
13, Aug 2015
SkyCity Entertainment, which operates six casinos in Australia and New Zealand, says it plans to focus on its business in New Zealand for future growth and isn’t looking at acquiring new properties in the increasingly competitive Australian market. The company has several projects in various stages of development to lock in earnings growth from around $800 million of capital expenditure in the next three years.
13, Aug 2015
China’s outbound tourism market, already the largest in the world, is driving trends in luxury and leisure across the globe but, as this market continues to expand, the demographic is also changing with the millennial Chinese seeking different experiences from their parents. In 2014, Chinese outbound travellers spent a record $164 billion. By 2019 this number is expected to balloon to 174 million tourists spending $264 billion annually on outbound tourism, making understanding the preferences...
7, Aug 2015
While most countries across Asia pose some degree of political risk, Taiwan is perhaps one of the more complex jurisdictions due to its relations with neighbouring China.  Domestic politics, public opinion and cross-straits relations may all play a part as the island debates moves to allow a casino industry on its outlying islands. Bill Bryson, a senior advisor at Global Market Advisors, outlines some of the risks and mitigating factors.  a)  Possible change of ruling party: Taiwan is a full-...
7, Aug 2015
While most countries across Asia pose some degree of political risk, Taiwan is perhaps one of the more complex jurisdictions due to its relations with neighbouring China. Domestic politics, public opinion and cross-straits relations may all play a part as the island debates moves to allow a casino industry on its outlying islands. Bill Bryson, a senior advisor at Global Market Advisors, outlines some of the risks and mitigating factors. a)  Possible change of ruling party: Taiwan is a full-...

Pages