The much-anticipated revealing of new Macau concessionaires will not bring a change in operators, argues gaming analyst Alidad Tash.
The most significant development of 2021, worldwide, was the vaccine race, the Delta Variant (from June) and Omicron (November).
In Macau, it was the year-long implementation of a zero-Covid strategy and the arrest of Alvin Chau, which led to the demise of junkets.
What to look out for in 2022:
- Worldwide: look for more booster shots, more variants and more economic recovery in more nations.
- Macau-wide: Look for the revealing of the much-anticipated new concessionaires (no change from before), more strict capital outflows from China (affecting Premium mass and premium direct), and opening to Hong Kong in early 2022 and outside greater China as the year progresses.