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    Regions seen as outperformers

    Regions seen as outperformers

    Regional casinos in the Philippines are likely to resume their outperformance once the global pandemic eases as infrastructure improves and major projects come online.

    Regions present expansion opportunities

    The Philippines’ regional casinos may not get the same headline publicity as the bigger resorts in Manila, but the number of properties has been growing and their client base evolving as amenities and infrastructure improves.

    License moratorium set to stay, but growth continues

    Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp. Chair Andrea Domingo’s efforts to further expand the country’s booming gaming industry look set to be thwarted by the continuing hardline stance of President Rodrigo Duterte, who is refusing to budge on his casino ban. Duterte, who came to power in 2016, has repeatedly expressed his dislike of gambling, both […]

    Gambling on Australia’s preferences

    A small change to Australian gambling law in 2015 is now having an impact on the wider industry. The amendment highlights why many are concerned about the market’s ability to support some of the multi-billion dollar IR projects being planned. With Australian's gambling preferences still focused on pokies and VIP revenue declining, who will fill these properties? 

    Image problem seen hindering growth

    The Philippines needs to improve its international image to boost tourism numbers and inbound investment, allowing it to achieve its full potential, local operators say. The noise over politics and instability is overshadowing the country's achievements and natural attractions.

    Growth seen slowing as competition rises

    The Philippines is expected to be one of the strongest growing gaming markets in Asia again in 2017, driven by another major opening in Manila’s Entertainment City, however growth is expected to slow over the longer term in the face of greater regional competition.
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