The year ahead - Steve Gallaway

Japan will prove to be the largest opportunity in gaming today and all hospitality companies will be active in the market evaluating the potential opportunity while the legislation is being written. Large-scale casinos will bid to build some of the world’s most iconic integrated resorts, similar to the magnitude the world saw constructed in Singapore. The IRs will create a significant number of jobs and have a positive economic impact that will ripple throughout the Japanese economy.  

Similar to what occurred in Singapore, the local population will come to realize that integrated resorts do not result in the proliferation of problem gambling, and rather have a positive impact on the fabric of society. 

Similar to what occurred in Singapore, the local population will come to realize that integrated resorts do not result in the proliferation of problem gambling, and rather have a positive impact on the fabric of society. From a developer’s perspective, one of the greatest advantages of gaming in Japan is that revenue can rely on a comparatively wealthy and sophisticated local population and existing tourism industry, rather than having to develop a business plan contingent on wooing the VIP gamer from China, a market that continually proves unreliable due to Chinese public policy. In terms of market potential, this question cannot be answered until the tax rate and number of licenses to be issued are known.

GMA projects that Macau will generate $25 billion in gaming revenue in 2017. This estimate is based on a comment made by Macau’s Chief Executive Fernando Chui in November. While we know demand is far greater than $25 billion, gaming revenue in 2017 and beyond will continue to be based on public policy out of China.

Note from Steve Gallaway, Global Market Advisors.

Other notes from: 

Andrew Klebanow, Global Market Advisors

Augustine Vinh, president and CEO of Stellar Management

Ben Lee, managing partner of IGamiX Management & Consulting

David Green, CEO of Newpage Consulting

Ebbe Groes, CEO of EveryMatrix

Harmen Brenninkmeijer, managing partner at Dynamic Partners

Jay Sayta, founder of

Michael Zhu, vice president, operations, planning, analysis of Innovation Group

Mike Santangelo

Sam Sheng, director of Double Square Consulting

Sudhir Kale, CEO of GamePlan Consulting

Tim Shepherd, co-founder and president of business development at Silver Heritage Group

More news from this jurisdiction

Japan, Macau, SingaporeThursday, Jan 05, 2017

Regulators and policymakers alike will come under increasing pressure to address issues such as the integrity of sports betting, whether social gaming should be regulated, what prescriptive standards and requirements should be set aside in favour of risk-based regulatory oversight, and how emerging technologies like virtual reality games should be evaluated for suitability to be offered as gambling propositions.

JapanThursday, Feb 22, 2018

Government proposals presented to the ruling party this week relating to tax rates, entry fees, and casino floor space restrictions have drawn wildly different reviews from the business community and Japanese political parties.

JapanWednesday, Feb 21, 2018

Japan is considering imposing an entry fee to casinos of Y2000 ($18.6) and imposing a tax rate of 30 percent on operators’ revenue, according to local media reports.

JapanTuesday, Feb 20, 2018

George Tanasijevich, managing director of global development at Las Vegas Sands, recently presented a survey in central Tokyo, which for the first time, indicated that a majority of the Japanese public supports the establishment of IRs in their nation—at least when the question is asked in a particularly leading manner.

Philippines, JapanThursday, Feb 15, 2018

Universal Entertainment Corporation, operator of Okada Manila, recorded a net loss of JPY 13.4 billion for 2017 fiscal year, due mainly to an operating loss from its casino and resorts business.

JapanThursday, Feb 15, 2018

The government is gravitating toward a plan that would allow Japanese customers to enter the casino segment of an IR a maximum of three times per week.

JapanTuesday, Feb 13, 2018

The Osaka prefectural and city governments have decided to take a proactive approach to the issue of gambling addiction, wishing to promote themselves as the national leaders on this matter.