In a surprise announcement, SJM chairman Daisy Ho on Wednesday revealed the group’s new flagship property, the Grand Lisboa Palace, will be partially opening this Friday. This will see the operation of one hotel tower with 300 rooms, along with 150 new-to-market gaming tables, while the rest of the property will open throughout the year.
Our feature article today looks into the rebranding of the Grand Ho Tram to the Intercontinental Grand Ho Tram. We also hear from Akshay Moza, VP of the commercial division, who discusses the importance of MICE tourism to the property.
Also on the radar is a proposed “circuit breaker” lockdown for Manila, and opposition to a uniform tax regime for POGO operators.
First, the news
- Ho Tram eyes more international/MICE business with rebrand
- SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace to open July 30 with 150 new tables
- Pagcor against proposals for POGO advantages in SEZs
- Manila preparing for lockdown due to Delta variant
- Covid roundup: restrictions tighten across Asia
- Kan Pacific complaint against IPI dismissed but can be refiled
- Aquis says June quarter revenue strong, restrictions eased
- AGTech sees loss narrowing by 55% in latest half to June
What you need to know
SJM Chairman Daisy Ho revealed on Wednesday that the Grand Lisboa Palace, the group’s flagship property on the Cotai Strip, is going to hold a partial opening on July 30. The property is set to open just one hotel tower, the Grand Lisboa Palace, with some 300 rooms, with the rest set to come online throughout the year, depending on conditions.
A bill that would establish the taxation base for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) is being held up in Congress due to lobbying from the country’s Special Economic Zones, who are seeking to retain preferential tax treatment. PAGCOR Chair Andrea Domingo warned this could not happen. “Special means special,” she said. “In government there shall be no such thing. All policies, regulations and laws should be uniformly applied.”
Manila’s city government has been urged to lockdown the capital as the number of cases of the delta variant rises in the country. Manila mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso reportedly called an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss mitigation strategies against the spread of the variant coordinating with hospitals and the city’s Health Department.
Vietnam’s first integrated resort has completed its rebranding, which was designed to bring in more international travelers and take greater advantage of the country’s booming MICE space, although the grand unveiling has been put on hold due to the Covid situation. The Grand Ho Tram is now known as the Intercontinental Grand Ho Tram following a franchise agreement with IHG Hotels and Resorts. Akshay Moza, VP of the commercial division said it made sense to bring in an international name to drive visitation and also to help capitalize on the 1900 square meters of MICE space. This is a fast-growing segment of tourism in Vietnam and makes up about 25 percent of Ho Tram’s revenue.
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