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Singapore sees delays in casino expansion

Singapore Tourism Board CEO Keith Tan said he expects the island nation’s two IRs to move ahead with their plans to expand their resorts, but that delays are “inevitable” given the Covid-19 situation.

Hokkaido governor highlights need for resilient tourism infrastructure

Hokkaido Governor Harumi Takahashi visited Tokyo on Tuesday to make a number of requests related to recovery from the massive earthquake earlier this month,...

Macau visitor arrivals gain 19 percent in August

Visitor numbers to Macau rose 18.7 percent in August, lead by growth from Mainland China, according to information from the Statistics and Census Service.

Hokkaido tourism hit by earthquake cancellations

The threat of major aftershocks and the electricity crisis are driving tourists away from Hokkaido at an alarmingly high rate. Hotels that are used to having about 80 percent occupancy in this season are instead reporting waves of cancellations reducing room occupancy to about 20 percent.

Shikoku records 24.1 percent increase in foreign tourists in FY2017

The number of foreign tourists who visited the principal tourist sites of Shikoku island was over 460,000 people, a 24.1 percent jump over the previous fiscal year.

Wakayama bucks trend with tourism decline

In the midst of booming tourism throughout Japan, Wakayama Prefecture bucked the national trend by recording a small dip in tourism in 2017.

Aichi Prefecture launches Tokoname RFI

The Aichi prefectural government has launched an RFI process for a “City of International Tourism Focused on MICE.”

Tourist arrivals up 15.6 percent in first half of 2018

New figures released by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) reveal that foreign tourist arrivals to Japan were up 15.6 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2018, and the numbers remain on pace to break the annual 30 million mark for the first time.

Lotte Tour buys Paradise Jeju Lotte for KRW15b

Lotte Tour Development, a South Korean travel company, is making its first solo foray into the casino business with the acquisition of the Paradise Jeju Lotte Casino for KRW15 billion ($13.4 million).

Asia’s emerging casino markets question whether size matters

When the 10.5 million-square-foot Venetian Macao opened its doors in 2007, it upped the ante on the scale of casino developments and helped inspire Singapore, Korea and others to undertake major IR projects.

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