Recent photos of the construction site for Imperial Pacific’s eagerly awaited report on the island of Saipan cast considerable doubt on the possibility for any kind of opening in the first quarter of this year, as was initially planned.
The Philippines is expected to be one of the strongest growing gaming markets in Asia again in 2017, driven by another major opening in Manila’s Entertainment City, however growth is expected to slow over the longer term in the face of greater regional competition.
International casino operators are reportedly taking another look at Vietnam in the wake of newly introduced gambling legislation, while existing operator Donaco International is reporting a much improved performance.
After a bitter final debate at the national level, the government finally passed a bill legalizing casinos. Now the discussion of the switches to the local level as regional administrations debate the pros and cons of hosting integrated resorts in their municipalities.