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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. Although theme parks are big business in Asia and draw in the crowds, they need a unique selling point, branded merchandise and strong visitation to generate enough revenue to warrant the return on investment.  

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.



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Sales of lottery tickets in South Korea saw a near record high in 2017, according to comments from the country’s lottery operator on Wednesday.

Landing International has been forced to delay the transfer of its casino on Jeju island to its new IR complex after protests from local residents, the Korea Times reports.

China appears to have renewed its ban on travel groups to South Korea, dealing a further blow to the country’s tourism industry.

The number of Chinese tourists visiting South Korea is expected to fall by 4 million in 2017, compared to over 8 million recorded in 2016.

South Korea’s Paradise Co. reported a 3.9 percent increase in November sales, through the cumulative figures for the year are still in negative territory, showing a drop of 9.1 percent.

The former CEO of Kangwon Land has been arrested on charges of unlawfully hiring staff at the request of politicians and local “bigwigs”.

In a move seen as a sign of “thawing relations” between China and South Korea, Beijing has authorized the partial resumption of group tour sales to South Korea.

With mobile internet usage surpassing that of desktop internet usage in 2016, there is no denying that the future lies in mobile. In the gaming space, operators are already upwards of 70 percent of their total user engagement coming from the mobile channel, according to Calvin Kent, CEO of ReelNRG.

 

With mobile internet usage surpassing that of desktop internet usage in 2016, there is no denying that the future lies in mobile. In the gaming space, operators are already upwards of 70 percent of their total user engagement coming from the mobile channel, according to Calvin Kent, CEO of ReelNRG. So, when it comes to game design, if it doesn’t start with mobile, you’re out of the loop.

 



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Interblock has announced it has signed an agreement with Jeju Sun Hotel & Casino that will bring electronic table games to Jeju-Do Island in South Korea for the first time ever.

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