As China’s outbound tourism market continues to balloon, a growing number of destinations are easing visa requirements to woo the mainland traveller, with casinos in those countries likely to be among the key beneficiaries.
Aided by its natural beauty, remote location and China-friendly visa policies, a temporary casino on the tiny island of Saipan in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands is reporting a roaring trade, especially in VIP clients.
Last year’s irrational exuberance for South Korea’s casino industry has undoubtedly muted as investors weigh the risks of a foreigner-only market, however, interest amongst the world’s casino majors remains.
Russian bookmakers continue to struggle with a tangled web of regulations aimed at controlling the online market, with a new centralized online payments hub coming under fire for being overly complicated.
Thailand, whose conservative Buddhist society has long been opposed to gambling, has again renewed the debate over legalizing casinos as the government eyes a potential boost to tax revenue and tourism numbers.