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19, Jan, 2018

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the strict implementation of a law that prohibits public servants from entering casinos in the country.

18, Jan, 2018

Asia’s gambling industry is heading into 2018 on a firmer footing than it has for several years, with most major markets having chalked up strong growth in 2017, though China and its policies will continue to be the main driver when it comes to performance.

Macau, the region’s gambling capital, saw gross gambling revenue jump 19.1 percent in 2017, rising for the first time in three years. The growth was unexpectedly led by the VIP market, which many analysts had given up for dead following Beijing’s anti-corruption drive.

15, Jan, 2018

A retired military general is set to fill the position left by Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman, Jose Jorge Corpuz, who retired last week.

15, Jan, 2018

Revenue of the Philippines’ gaming regulator rose 9 percent to P59.8 billion (US$1.2 billion) in 2017, due in part to improved ties with neighboring countries such as China, said Pagcor chairperson Andrea Domingo.

14, Jan, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday held a meeting with the top executives of Melco Resorts and Entertainment.

14, Jan, 2018

Chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Jose Jorge Corpuz has resigned from his position as chairman, according to an announcement on Friday.

11, Jan, 2018

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has launched a second auction for two parcels of land occupied by Bloomberry’s Solaire Resort and Casino.

11, Jan, 2018

Casino operators in the Philippines have been attending workshops on how to comply with the country’s new anti-money laundering regulations, though some industry experts say the rules are still are not strong enough.

On July 14, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the amended Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) of 2001 to include casinos under the definition of “covered persons” when it comes to AML. This includes land-based, ship-board and online operations.

11, Jan, 2018

Asia’s ever-growing number of IRs are seeking to add non-gaming attractions to diversify their tourism base and provide a unique draw, but the jury is out as to whether combining casinos with theme parks can provide a winning combination.

The properties are incorporating spas, retail, conference facilities and fine dining as a way of driving mass market visitation to decrease the reliance on junkets, boost the length of stay and spending per capita. A growing number of resorts in the region are also planning theme park offerings.  

11, Jan, 2018

Philippine police have rescued a Taiwanese man from a kidnap-for-ransom gang in Paranaque City, local media reports.

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