Wednesday, August 10, 2022


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H-2B visa delay setting back construction for IPI


IPI vice president for construction Eric Poon says the company is still waiting on the approval of “hundreds” of H-2B visa applications made in 20

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Philippines to restrict Chinese visa-upon-arrival


The Philippines has decided not to scrap visas-upon-arrivals (VUAs) for Chinese tourists, instead opting for a 30-day VUA without provision for an ext

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80 construction workers for IPI to leave today


Around 80 construction workers employed by Imperial Pacific International will leave the island starting today, prior to the January 2020 expiration o

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Govt mulls ID cards for POGO workers


The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) is considering the issuance of identification cards specifically for Chinese POGO workers to ensure

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Malacañang supports end to visa-upon-arrival policy


President Duterte’s office has thrown its support behind Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.’s proposal to end visa-upon-arrival privileges for Chinese nationals, local media reports.

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DFA Secretary wants to end visa upon arrival policy


Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr wants to remove the visas-upon-arrival privilege for foreigners, amid claims that the surge of Chinese tou

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China introduces an easier visa process for citizens


China’s National Immigration Administration (NIA) is making it easier for mainland Chinese residents to travel to Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan throu

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IPI granted exemption from U.S. citizen hiring rule


Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific has been granted a two-year exemption from a 30 percent U.S. citizen hiring requirement in its construction st

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IPI hires nearly 600 Filipino construction workers


Imperial Pacific International has hired nearly 600 foreign construction workers to help with the construction of the Garapan casino-resort facility,

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Philippines wants to ease visa processing for Chinese and Indians


The Philippines is reportedly looking for ways to hasten the processing of “visa upon arrivals” for Chinese and Indian tourists after recognizing

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Chinese visitation to PH casinos hinges on politics


Political risks could weigh heavily on Philippines’ booming casino industry, which has enjoyed increasing Chinese visitation over the last year, sai

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Zhuhai visa hike won’t affect visitation or GGR


A recent hike in price of the Macau transit visa issued in Zhuhai will have a minimal impact on overall visitation and GGR, said Morgan Stanley in a n

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Beijing to streamline Chinese/Macau visa process


Chinese top official Zhang Dejiang has pledged to better facilitate the flow of people between Macau and the mainland by streamlining measures in Maca

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Bloomberry chairman pushes for visa-on-arrival


Bloomberry Resorts chairman Enrique Razon has proposed for the government to adopt a “visa-on-arrival” policy for mainland Chinese visitors, local

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Imperial Pacific seeks more worker visas


Casino operator Imperial Pacific International Holdings is asking the US government to ease the visa cap for overseas workers in order to support its

Weaker Macau economy softens government policies


Macau's deteriorating economy has been a nudge for the government to think more constructively on its agenda to balance economic diversification and f

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UBS takes less cautious view on Macau


UBS analysts said they are moving away from a cautious view of Macau’s gaming industry and taking a more constructive stance following the recent vi

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Gaming stocks rise following changes to visas


Hong Kong-listed shares of the big casino operators in Macau are soaring after changes to visa rules allowing mainland visitors to stay seven days in

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Macau government eases transit visa policy


The Macau government has announced a reversal of the previously tightened transit visa policy, which was first put in place on July 1, 2014.  The new

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