Good morning. Melco Resorts & Entertainment CEO Lawrence Ho said he doesn’t believe China’s common prosperity drive will hurt Macau’s mass or premium mass market, but it’s likely a different picture for the once-dominant VIP sector. What will operators do with all those extra VIP rooms that are now sitting empty?
What you need to know
- Genting Singapore’s revenue is likely to continue to be affected by China’s zero-Covid policy in 2022, even as the island nation reopens to international travel, Nomura Research wrote.
- AGTech Holdings said its revenue in the 9 months to end-September gained 36.6 percent on the back of a rebound in the China lottery market.
- Marina Bay Sands says it’s targeting Australian tourists with new package deals and reveals refreshed resort offerings as Singapore reopens to international travel.
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If VIP business is not coming back, it begs the question as to what the operators should do with the excess capacity that was targeted at the ultra-premium end of the market. The plush-carpeted, crystal-chandeliered VIP rooms aren’t large enough to accommodate large-scale non-gaming attractions, but they are surplus to gaming requirements in the new Macau. Ben Lee, managing partner of IGamix Management & Consulting, suggests that one potential idea to consider is that the facilities might be tailor-made to cater to China’s booming wedding market.
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