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The potential introduction of a digital yuan into Macau would be the final straw for the junket industry, which is already shrinking and diversifying its business model, Bloomberg reports.
Macau's gross gambling revenue fell 70.5 percent year-on-year in November to MOP22.87 billion and was also down on the prior month, which brought in MOP26.44 billion.
The Tak Chun Group said it has been offering "ex-gratia" payments to staff who voluntarily leave the company for a limited time. "We believe that this scheme offers our staff a viable option for planning ahead under the current market condition," it said.
Singapore's Marina Bay Sands has been visited twice in the past two weeks by known Covid-19 cases during their infectious period, according to the Ministry of Health.
The Australian Medical Association (WA), Australian Council on Smoking and Health WA and Cancer Council WA are calling on Crown Perth to make its high-roller gaming areas at the casino entirely smoke-free. The group has stopped smoking in its Melbourne casino VIP areas for a period of two weeks to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Saipan is unlikely to be on China's blacklist for targeting its nationals for gambling as the industry is relatively small and unlikely to raise red flags, said Donald Browne, CEO of Imperial Pacific, the island's only operator.
Philippines Senator Risa Hontiveros has called on the Bureau of Immigration to suspend the visa upon arrival scheme for Chinese nationals, citing reports from the national police suggesting the scheme boosts kidnappings related to Chinese casino players.
Secretary for Economy and Finance Lei Wai Nong has said Macau's economy is likely to shrink by 56.8 percent this year. That's slightly better than earlier estimates for a decline of 60.9 percent.
RGB International, a Malaysian gambling supplier, said it sees a slow recovery for gaming in Asia, but remains cautious for the rest of the year. The company posted a loss of MYR12.4 million in Q3, narrowing from MYR14.4 million the prior quarter.
Kingston Financial posted HK$13.5 million loss from its Macau gaming business in the six months to end-September, down 106 percent from the prior-year period. The group also announced it is extending its casino service contract with SJM Holdings for a further two years to June 2022.