Tuesday, July 23, 2019


Mohegan Outlines Tomakomai IR Plans

Even while the pro-IR political momentum in Hokkaido appears to have stalled, Mohegan is moving forward with its plans to bid for a Tomakomai IR, outlining its plans in a release to the Japanese media.

Melco Promotes Sustainable Seafood Policies

Melco Resorts & Entertainment vows to purchase seafood from sustainable business, explaining that “healthy and productive oceans are important for both marine ecosystems and the communities that rely on them for their livelihood.”

Clairvest funds rise to $673 million ready for investment

According to its latest financial report, the Clairvest Group of Canada, now seeking an IR license in a Japanese regional market, has C$886.5 million...

Japan Tourism Agency Reorganizes to Take on IR Selection Duties

The organization of the Japan Tourism Agency has been reshuffled to strengthen its ability to carry out its duties to select candidate sites for licensing and to oversee the IR industry.

Anti-casino groups turn up the heat on Yokohama mayor

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi is facing renewed indications that the plan to build a major IR at Yamashita Pier will face fierce political opposition both from a significant portion of the business community and a majority of the population.

Caesars partners with Taito for Las Vegas eSports event

Caesars Entertainment has announced that it is partnering with Taito, Japan’s leading arcade game company, to jointly host an eSports tournament in Las Vegas next month.

Wynn sees lessons for Japan in Encore Boston Harbor

Wynn Resorts Development Japan President Chris Gordon held a presentation for journalists last week in which he introduced Encore Boston Harbor to a Japanese...

Kyushu-Nagasaki IR Business Connect Seminar gathers new IR operators

The most remarkable aspect of the Kyushu-Nagasaki IR Business Connect Seminar held last week was that it revealed that there are a number potential...

Hokkaido poll shows sharp rise in opposition to IR development

If a new poll by the Hokkaido Shinbun is to be believed, public opinion in the northernmost prefecture has shifted strongly in opposition to an IR bid.

Japan regional areas gain increasing cut of foreign tourists

The government’s latest White Paper on Tourism again demonstrates that foreign tourists visiting Japan are increasingly moving beyond the major urban areas of the Kanto, Kansai, and Nagoya regions.


Meg-Star opens VIP poker room at Macau Roosevelt

Meg-Star has launched its watch-themed Poker VIP Club at the Macau Roosevelt, named “Poker Time”. The VIP poker room is said to be the...

New Zealand updates national strategy to tackle gambling harm

The New Zealand government has promised NZ$60 million (US$40.4 million) in funding over the next three years aimed at tackling problem gambling, particularly in...

Melco, MGM announce anniversary bonuses

MGM China and Melco Resorts and Entertainment said they will pay a bonus equivalent to one month’s salary to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of The People’s Republic of China and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Macau as a Special Administrative Region.

70 percent of suspicious transactions came from casinos

A little over 70 percent of all suspicious transactions in 19H1 took place inside of gaming venues, according to data from the Macau Financial...

Cambodia casino growth a threat to Genting Malaysia

Cambodia’s growing casino and tourism industry could pose a challenge to Genting’s Malaysia operations, according to a note from JP Morgan analysts.  In a recent...