After a two-year hiatus, the ASEAN Gaming Summit is finally returning to Manila in a new venue at Shangri-la at The Fort.

It’s a good time to be in the Philippines, which is expected to be one of the strongest jurisdictions in Asia this year.

Entertainment City is expected to be back at its peak levels by the end of next year, driven by mass and premium mass business, says Eric Coskun, director of casino projects at IGamiX Management & Consulting.

Coskun said his figures are erring on the cautious side and the PHP141.43 billion ($2.7 billion) level achieved in Entertainment City in 2018 could be reached this year if international tourism flows are strong.

Add to that the potential for growth in online gaming with the rollout of the PIGO licenses and it’s easy to see why suppliers are keen to get into the Philippines, especially as Macau remains largely shut off to outside of Greater China.

In these pages, we will hear from a range of land-based and online gaming companies, who showcase their latest product offerings and what they have noted as the Philippines and Asia reopen for business.

We’re hearing about exciting new progressive ranges for the Asian market, as well as the ongoing popularity of electronic table games.

But most of all, many tell us about how keen they are to finally meet again in person in Asia.