May 2017

Where to now?

MACAU: Riding the high-roller wave

HONG KONG: Joint crackdown tackles illegal sports betting

JAPAN: Anti casino sentiment simmers

VIETNAM: Top five slot eyed with new decree

The Malaysian government plans a new Tourism Tax Bill, which analysts say is likely to weigh on the country’s hotel industry and the operator of the only integrated resort, Genting Malaysia.

The Philippines needs to improve its international image to boost tourism numbers and inbound investment, allowing it to achieve its full potential, local operators say.

Thailand would be a major draw for foreign investors were it to legalize its casino industry and would likely provide significant competition for other regional jurisdictions, according to panelists at the recent ASEAN Gaming Summit.

Cambodia’s long-awaited gambling legislation is likely to be published mid-year and could herald the start of a dramatic shake out of the country’s 65 casinos.

Vietnam’s new gaming regulation is seen as a game changer for the industry that will propel the country into the top five gambling jurisdictions in Asia within the next five years, according to regional experts.