Some areas of the Philippines have been able to tentatively open their resorts for business after the Covid-19 lockdowns but for now they are just available to local residents. The resorts are in Negros Occidental in the middle of the archipelago.
This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.
In Thailand’s Pattaya-area forensics investigators are using fingerprints and DNA traces to track down the owners of more than 160 slot machines found in a commercial building being prepared for use as an illegal casino.
The Sasebo City Council has decided to ask its eventual IR operator consortium to take on the burden of JPY14.9 billion (US$143 million) to pay for improvements in the local transportation infrastructure.
The world is bouncing back, or at least coming to grips with the fact that going forward not much will be the same as before. Commendably, this industry quickly understood the need to adapt to a new normal, and that the days of targeting the low hanging fruit of the VIP sector are gone.
Over the years, many of the answers have been remarkably prescient in their forecasts for the near-term direction of Asia’s gaming industry. However, we can safely say that no one came anywhere close to guessing what 2020 may have had in store.
While nowhere in the world has escaped the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, Macau has been hit harder than most, with forecasts for gross domestic product to shrink more than 50 percent this year.