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.

14, Feb 2018
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte late last year signed into law the first steps in a long-awaited tax reform program to raise funds to improve infrastructure, which analysts say will dampen consumer spending, but are unlikely to hurt the booming gambling industry. However, a second round of measures, expected later this month, may contain more of a sting and operators are watching the bill closely.
14, Feb 2018
The $1.2 billion Resorts World Catskills opened its doors on February 8, expanding the Genting brand in the U.S., even though the Malaysian company missed out on a license for its own property in New York State. The project, which is the biggest of four new resorts in the upstate area, will be the first IR in the U.S. to carry the Genting name. The company has been pushing hard to penetrate the North American market, though with mixed results.
9, Feb 2018
The Asian online gambling industry is on the cusp of major change. A growing number of markets are moving towards regulation and licensing, competition amongst operators is hotting up, and players are becoming savvier and expect more from the brands and sites they engage with. Traditional models are no longer enough and companies need to find more engaging ways of engaging with players. Content marketing is one option
8, Feb 2018
Okada Manila, owned by Japan’s Universal Entertainment, is the new comer to Entertainment City, holding a soft opening for the resort in late 2016. At 44 hectares, the property is by far the biggest in the complex and the rollout of hotels and other facilities is continuing. At its completion of Phase One, Okada will have 994 hotel rooms and operate 500 tables and about 3,000 slots. Its centrepiece is the world’s largest coloured fountain, as well as a giant inner city beach complex, known as...
31, Jan 2018
Queensland continues to attract international investor interest in its casino market and is expected to see progress in new licenses being issued this year, though sentiment towards the market as a whole is lacklustre amidst flat revenue and rising regulatory pressure. Any projects are also likely to be smaller in scale than those originally mooted in the first round of license bidding.   
31, Jan 2018
Resorts World Manila (RWM) was the first integrated resort (IR) to open in the Philippines and is the only one not located in Entertainment City, but opposite the country’s primary international airport. The property is currently in the third phase of its expansion, which will consist of a further three hotels, more gaming and other amenities, and is scheduled to be completed by 2018. Chief Operating Officer Stephen Reilly tells AGB about recovery from a deadly attack last year and how the...
25, Jan 2018
Solaire Resort & Casino, owned by Bloomberry Resorts, was the first IR to open its doors in Entertainment City. The $1.2 billion property, on an 8.2 hectare site, made its debut in March 2013 and expanded with the opening of the Sky Tower in late 2014. The company is now looking at further expansion with a resort in Quezon City, adjacent to Manila.  
25, Jan 2018
Goa’s offshore casinos, which currently float in the Mandovi River, are waiting for the government to finalize legislation that will force them to shift onshore, which may prove a game changer for the industry in India. Industry experts say the move will allow the casinos to develop IRs for the first time, widening the appeal of gaming and raising the quality of the product offering. 

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