Melco’s Lawrence Ho is confident his company will be granted more new-to-market gaming tables next year, TDM News reports.
Among the non-gaming attractions that should be considered for Japanese IRs are major nightclubs. One of the objectives of IRs, after all, is to provide 24 hour per day entertainment in Japan, and thus boost consumer spending. This movement is already afoot in other parts of Asia.
Universal Entertainment’s Philippine unit, the operator of the Okada Manila, is planning a backdoor listing through the takeover of Manila-traded Asiabest Group (ABG).
Casinos Austria International (CAI) unexpectedly emerged as the 17th international IR operator—and the second Europe-based firm—to clearly enter the contest for one of the three IR licenses to be available in Japan.
At the very end of 2018, after looking rock solid for many months, political instability hit Osaka as both Governor Ichiro Matsui and Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura announced that they were prepared to resign their posts early in order to provoke early elections in April 2019.
Osaka, Wakayama, and Nagasaki—only these three prefectures are willing to openly admit that they will be making IR bids, according to a survey of all 47 prefectures and 20 designated cities conducted by Kyodo News in the latter part of 2018.