September 2016

Tribal networking - U.S. tribal operators seek Asian ties as traffic grows

MACAU: World’s “most elegant casino” draws out VIPs

AUSTRALIA: Anti-gambling crusade gathers pace as GGR gains

RUSSIA: Tigre de Cristal ups non-gaming ante

INDONESIA: Tapping outbound tourist potential

India is often referred to as the sleeping giant of Asia’s gaming industry, due to the potential of its large and rapidly growing middle class. While gambling is still illegal in most states, a new association has been formed to help push for change. 

Australia’s latest gambling statistics show healthy growth from an industry perspective, but look likely to further fan the flames of the country’s anti-gambling lobby, which is pushing hard for change. 

Imperial Pacific International Holdings says it’s already accepting advance bookings from China and Japan for its new luxury resort scheduled to open on Saipan at Chinese New Year 2017. The company is counting on the new property to ease capacity restraints and unlock the island’s growth potential. 

U.S. tribal operators are increasingly tailoring their offerings towards the Asian market to attract both local ethnic communities and the increasingly adventurous Asian millennial, who may be willing to travel beyond Las Vegas and other traditional destinations. 

SkyCity, New Zealand’s only casino operator, says it’s optimistic about the growth prospects for its international business after delivering a record year in 2016, helped by investment in VIP facilities.

Since entering the US market in 2011 with the launch of Resorts World New York City, Genting Group has made a number of major investments in the country, indicative of an operator intent on becoming a major player in the market.

Cambodia was one of the best performing jurisdictions in Asia in 2015 and although growth has slowed from the stellar levels seen last year, the country’s casinos are still going strong.

Vietnam’s proposals to overhaul its casino legislation are now in the hands of the government for final approval in a step that could be a game changer for the industry, and that of neighboring Cambodia.

South Korea’s casino operators are putting the MERS crisis behind them, with the latest round of results showing strong signs of recovery.

While Chinese tourism is still ultimately expected to be the main driver for growth in Russia’s Primorye gaming zone, the current lack of tourism infrastructure has prompted a greater non-gaming focus to appeal to locals.