The majority of Macau’s casino workers, about a third of whom smoke, said they approve of smoking rooms with no gambling tables or slots. According to a Macau University survey, commissioned by the Health Bureau, 90.4 percent said they were in favour. However, just over half, or 55 percent, said they were unwilling to work in VIP gaming rooms. The Macau government has banned smoking on casino floors from October 6th this year, although the ban does not extend to the casinos’ VIP rooms.

A controversial bill that will give Macau officials generous benefits is scheduled for its final reading on Tuesday. The legislation would grant the chief executive immunity from prosecution and will also pay a former CEO 70 percent of his salary for as long as he, or she, is unemployed. Other key officials will receive 30 percent of their pay if they were originally hired from the private sector, while those with a civil service background will get 14 percent.

Dynam Japan Holdings said it has extended a memorandum of understanding on the development of pachinko machines and other electronic games with IGG Singapore for a further six months. The two companies said in November last year that they will work together to develop new generation machines for the Macau casino market. The MOU will expire on November 25 unless it’s extended again.

Gaming Partners International said it has won an order worth just under $6.4 million to supply new chips and plaques for a Macau casino. The order includes nearly 900,000 chips and over 137,000 plaques from the company's Bourgogne et Grasset and Bud Jones brands. The Las Vegas-based company manufactures and supplies casino table game equipment to licensed casinos worldwide.

Macau’s junket operators, which bring in the majority of China’s big spending gambling into the territory’s casinos, are increasingly diversified business groups, with their models evolving to suit the demands of clients, Hengsheng Group principal investment director Tony Tong said. Speaking at the G2E Asia conference, Tong said the operators are still largely misunderstood by western markets and as a result are stereotyped as shady. “We are expanding internationally, we are following the VIPs.

Macau is seeing good growth in proxy betting, which may make up about a tenth of the territory’s VIP market, Inteluck director Tony Tong said at an iGaming panel session at G2E Asia.
The growth has come despite the fact that the more popular segment of the market elsewhere -- live video streaming -- is illegal in Macau. Proxy players are only able to place their bets through the telephone.
Macau generated gross gaming revenue of $45.2 billion in 2013, with about 66 percent of that coming from the VIP market, putting the market at roughly $3 billion.

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have received more than 10,000 applications on the first day of a pilot electronic-visa scheme that aims to speed up entry into Macau. Guangdong is the first province in China to offer such a scheme and it’s not clear if the others will be permitted to follow. The permit has an integrated circuit chip containing personal information, fingerprints and entry endorsement of the card holder. The new system is seen as another positive for Macau’s gambling revenue, easing the passage of the growing mass market visitor.

Two of Galaxy Entertainment’s Macau resorts have won accolades from the 2014 China Travel and Meeting Industry Awards. Galaxy Macau got best resort of the year (Hong Kong/Macao) for the first time, while its StarWorld Hotel retained the title of Best Service Hotel of the year.

G2E Asia, the biggest event in the show’s eight-year history, wrapped up on Thursday with one clear message from participants -- Macau is likely to retain its crown as the world’s top gambling destination for years to come and the recent spate of negative news is likely to have a minimal impact.

Resorts on Macau’s Peninsula are regaining favour over their larger and more diversified peers on the Cotai strip, according to Galaxy Entertainment’s chief marketing officer, Kevin Clayton. Citing a study done last year, along with MGM China, Clayton said the research had identified a move by the “more discerning” customer away from Cotai and back to the peninsula. Clayton was speaking at a panel study at G2E Asia on Mass Marketing and how to reach target segments. He was responding in particular to a comment that some of the peninsula properties now seemed dated.