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Sands China to repatriate Filipino workers

2020-06-05

Sands China is organizing a flight to repatriate some 130 Filipino workers stranded in Macau due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to local media reports.

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Nagasaki gains a step on Wakayama

2020-06-05

In recent weeks, Nagasaki may have gained a step on Wakayama, which is likely its main rival to secure an IR license.

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APE cancels lease agreements due to non-payment

2020-05-22

Asia Pioneer Entertainment said it was cancelling lease agreements to casinos in Cambodia and the Philippines due to non-payment of rent and said it will write off about HK$26 million ($3.4 million)  in the first half as a result.

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Bonusing and loyalty strategy key to mass-market retention

2020-03-13

With Macau continuing to haemorrhage VIP gamblers, there has never been a greater onus on operators in the special administrative region to latch on to the relative predictability afforded by the premium and mass markets.

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Nerves of steel and a long-term view needed for stock investors

2020-03-13

Asia’s gaming stocks have been pummelled by the outbreak of the coronavirus, but with signs China may be bringing the disease under control, is it nearing the time to re-enter the market?

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Genting makes U.S. inroads

2020-02-21

In 2018, on Genting Hong Kong’s 25th anniversary, President Colin Au summed up the company by saying, “We come from Malaysia, a small country, but we go out to the world. We open our eyes and learn new things.”

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Coronavirus hits industry, but underlying demand seen strong

2020-01-31

Looking at the Chinese New Year visitation figures for Macau, it’s difficult not to be pessimistic about the near-term outlook for gaming in Asia, though analysts say underlying demand remains strong and there is likely to be a snap back once the situation...

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Slow but steady progress 

2020-01-17

Vietnam’s gambling industry stayed largely out of the headlines in 2019, though projects have been inching their way forward, with the country’s largest resort to date scheduled to open in the first half of this year.

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Australia faces slow growth amidst bush fires, weak VIP

2020-01-10

Australia’s gaming industry faces an uncertain 2020, as the catastrophic bushfires deter foreign visitation and hit already softening domestic demand.

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Japan clouds Korea’s IR-hub aspirations

2020-01-10

South Korea wants to turn the area near Incheon International Airport into a version of Manila’s Entertainment City, but its vision is at risk from competition from Japan.

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Paradise Nov. sales rise 31.6 percent

2019-12-04

Paradise Co., which operates foreigner-only casinos in South Korea, reported a 31.6 percent gain in November sales, driven by table games.

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Twenty years of gaming twists and turns

2019-11-29

The 20th anniversary of the Macau Special Administrative region is upon us. When it comes to gaming, these were not two linear decades. There were plenty of twists and turns.

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Crimea to get gaming zone by 2022

2019-10-27

A gaming zone will appear in Russian-annexed Crimea by 2022, the regional head, Sergei Aksyonov, said in an interview with Russian state news agency TASS. 

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MBS mass hit by entrance levy hike

2019-10-24

The entry fee increase for local Singaporeans is weighing on Marina Bay Sands’ mass market, with some citizens unlikely to renew their annual passes when they expire.

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Tinian gets new ferry ahead of casino opening

2019-09-30

Tinian, in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, has taken a major step in opening up to tourism with a luxury, fast ferry service linking it

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How banned is Cambodia's online industry?

2019-09-20

Mey Vann, director general at Cambodia’s Ministry of Finance, pulls no punches when it comes to the nation’s online gambling ban. “It’s gone and it’s not coming back,” he says

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Silver Heritage gets $34m offer for Nepal ops

2019-07-31

Silver Heritage said it had received an offer with an enterprise value of  $33.9 million to buy its Nepal operations from a local business man. 

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Casino firms not hitched to social capital bandwagon

2019-07-26

There is a growing trend towards businesses founded on the premise of social capital, though despite their enormous profits, most casino firms have yet to sign on.

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What’s in a name?: Effective branding of casino properties

2019-05-17

The role of branding in the marketing of casino properties has somewhat lessened in significance over the last two decades. One major reason for this decline in significance are the mergers and acquisitions which have gathered steam during this period....

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