Good Morning. All eyes continue on Thailand, with Daniel Cheng giving us a deep look into the implications the political shift in the country could have on its casino aspirations, as youthful politicians reshuffle the agenda. In Macau, legacy gaming operator SJM saw a return to positive EBITDA, despite underperformance from its Cotai Grand Lisboa Palace. Meanwhile, in the SAR, politicians have drafted a new law that includes digital currency, providing a possible avenue for the use of the digital yuan in gaming.

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What you need to know

  • Thailand’s election reshuffle sees the opposition rise to the front, with Daniel Cheng examining the possible impact on the country’s casino aspirations.
  • SJM narrows its loss and sees a return to positive EBITDA, despite being dragged down by sub-par performance at its Grand Lisboa Palace property.
  • Macau finishes drafting a new law that includes digital currency, providing a potential avenue for the use of the digital yuan in casinos.

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Stunning results from Thailand elections bode well for casinos

The votes are in and Thailand’s military-backed political parties were dealt a definitive blow, as opposition parties careened to victory, with the Move Forward Party surpassing the Shinawatra-backed Pheu Thai Party. In a special deep dive, Daniel Cheng looks at the possible impacts this wave of youthful politicians could have on the nation’s casino aspirations and wider tourism product implications for the country.

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