February 2018

IN FOCUS: Operator viewpoint: expansion, revenue and trends

CNMI: Labor woes cloud development

AUSTRALIA: Queensland outshines dull market

CAMBODIA: Asia's latest hotspot?

MACAU: Mass gains momentum

South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos faced another tough year in 2017, falling victim this time to a political spat with China.

Operators and local prefectures were busy in 2017 laying the groundwork to pitch for IR licenses ahead of the enabling legislation. Heading into 2018, here is the current state of play.

Vietnam is gearing up for a busy year after the government finally signed two gaming decrees covering casinos and sports betting into law in 2017.

China tourism arrivals to Cambodia topped the 1 million mark for the first time in 2017, setting the stage for continued gains in the country’s casino sector, which is currently seen as one of the most promising emerging markets in Asia.

Macau will post another year of double-digit revenue gains in 2018, though the VIP sector, which drove the recovery last year, is expected to slow, analysts say.

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