Wednesday, February 28, 2024


Macau forecasts cut as Covid recovery continues to drag [podcast]

Macau’s operators continue to struggle with vastly reduced revenue and visitation levels as China pushes on with its zero-Covid policy. In today’s podcast, we speak with Morningstar analyst Jennifer Song, who has recently cut her forecasts for Macau this year.

South Koreans seek luxury, wellness and cultural experiences

Dr. Jaeyeon Choe, a lecturer at Swansea University and expert on Korean outbound travel trends chats with Asia Gaming Brief editor Felix Ng about the South Korean outbound tourist and how they've changed post-pandemic. We also discuss top tips for catering to this tourist at your Asia-based integrated resort.

Japan disappoints as only two bidders progress [podcast]

The deadline for bids for one of Japan’s three casino licenses passed at the end of April, with only two bidders moving forward and little of the star power that had been anticipated at the beginning of the process.

XB Net seeks further India expansion after North Alley accord [podcast]

XB Net is keen to further expand its presence in India's growing horse racing industry, which since the pandemic has been allowed to go online, creating major opportunities. Senior Vice President International Simon Fraser tells us about the company's recent tie-up with India's North Alley to provide streaming and wagering services from the U.S. and Australia.

Hai Ng on what slots can learn from gashapon games [podcast]

Hai Ng, partner of Neomancer talks with Asia Gaming Brief about an emerging video game genre called "gashapon games", and how it uses a mix of RNG, great content, and captivating gameplay to keep players engaged, and how we can apply this to the real money gambling space.

Asia reopening a positive, but lack of China tourists to drag [podcast]

Asia is finally reopening its borders to tourism, although the recovery is expected to be patchy as visitors regain their confidence to travel and air routes around the region are re-established, notes Gary Bowerman, the director of Check-in Asia, a tourism-focused content, marketing, and trends research company.

Keith Whyte on the hidden harm of foreigner-only casino policies [Podcast]

Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) talks with Asia Gaming Brief's asia editor Felix Ng about foreigner-only casino policies and how effective they really are in tackling problem gambling.

Chinese rediscover local tourism, but Golden Week disappointed

Golden Week was a washout for Macau, but even for the rest of China, spending and travel trends were lower than had been expected, according to Professor Wolfgang Arlt, founder of the China Outbound Tourism Institute (COTRI).

Navigating the legal minefield of mandatory vaccinations

Annamarie Rooding says that companies need to move away from the idea of “blanket” vaccine mandates in their organizations, given the legal, ethical and social minefield that awaits companies going down that route. 

Michael Maerz on virtual sports and going big in Japan [podcast]

Michael Maerz, deputy CEO for Asia Pacific at Sportradar, speaks about the potential for regulated sports betting in Asia and the mounting excitement that Japan could be prepared to legalize, in what may lead to a chain reaction of a lifting of regulatory hurdles.

Jeffrey Williams on Australia’s hospitality staff shortage [Podcast]

This week's AGB Podcast features Australian hospitality recruitment executive Jeffrey Williams, CEO of Barcats, who gives a deeper dive into Australia's hospitality staff shortage crisis. 

Bill Mummery on live dealer from Isle of Man [Podcast]

Bill Mummery, CEO of Celton Manx, talks with Asia Gaming Brief about his new live dealer studio on the Isle of Man and the importance of diversification given the shifting sands in Asia’s online gaming industry. He also discusses sustainability and his company’s adoption of solar panel technology.

Montieth Illingworth on reigniting business and innovation [Podcast]

Montieth Illingworth, chief executive officer, and global managing partner at Montieth and Company catches up with Asia Gaming Brief editor Felix Ng on what companies need to start doing as the pandemic starts to move behind us.