Sunday, October 25, 2020

Steve Wolstenholme Joins Vietnam IR

Steve Wolstenholme, president and managing director of Okada Manila, has been appointed as chief operating officer of the Hoi An South project in Vietnam, the company developing the resort said in a statement.

Hokkaido Poll Shows Sharp Rise in Opposition to IR Development

If a new poll by the Hokkaido Shinbun is to be believed, public opinion in the northernmost prefecture has shifted strongly in opposition to an IR bid.

Wakayama Illustrates Need for IR Bid Delay

The word came down this week, and the news was neither expected nor was it positive—only one prospective IR operator, the Suncity Group, filed...

Tokyo to Commission New IR Research

The Bureau of Port and Harbor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has announced a public tender for an advisory firm to research the economic and social impacts of building an IR in Japan’s capital city.

Galaxy Chairman Emphasizes Non-Gaming Aspects for IR Bid

Galaxy Entertainment Chairman Lui Che-Woo says that his firm’s bid for an IR license in Japan will focus on the non-gaming aspects of the facility, and that it will cater to a high-end market.

Non-Gaming Revenue Also Becoming More Vital in Atlantic City

Atlantic City, New Jersey, is beginning to look to Las Vegas and the “non-gaming revenue model” as the key to its future, according to a recent article in the Press of Atlantic City. This development has implications for the future of Japanese IRs as well.

Galaxy Entertainment Sponsors Junior Soccer Cup

Expanding its outreach to Japanese society through sports, Galaxy Entertainment announced that they will host the “Galaxy Entertainment Junior Soccer Cup.”

Yokohama City Council Committee Approves IR Budget

A committee of the Yokohama City Council wasted little time in approving an amended budget including expenses for IR development, angering the opposition which denounced the move as contrary to the democratic spirit.

Sands, Melco, Galaxy to Benefit Most from Rise of Premium Market

Macau gaming operators Sands, Melco, and Galaxy are best placed to capitalize on the rise of the Chinese premium market, according to Bernstein Research.

Kamakura City Council Rejects Anti-IR Resolution

On Friday, the Kamakura City Council rejected a draft resolution that would have denounced moves by neighboring governments to engage in IR bids. The draft resolution called for no IRs to be built in the entire Kanto region, with the main concern being the IR bid of neighboring Yokohama, also within the same Kanagawa Prefecture.

Trending Articles

Hokkaido Attracted Record Number of Tourists in FY2017

New figures show that Hokkaido attracted a record number of tourists in FY2017—56.1 million people—which was a 3% advance over the previous fiscal year.

Aichi Governor Omura Urged to Run for Reelection

A delegation of local mayors has asked Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura to run for reelection when his second term ends next February, a race that will have implications for the potential IR bids of both Tokoname city and Nagoya city.

City of Dreams Manila Opens VR Gaming Facility

Melco Resorts & Entertainment has opened Southeast Asia’s first Bandai Namco Virtual Reality gaming facility at its City of Dreams Manila IR in the Philippines.

Naruto City Wins Legal Case over Boat Race Payments

On Tuesday, the Naruto municipal authorities won a legal case that had been brought against them by local residents who were upset at payments made regarding boat race facilities to the nearby fishing cooperative.

Rush Street Japan Focuses on Tomakomai

In early October, Rush Street Gaming’s Japan branch was quietly established, with the Chicago-based firm currently looking at Tomakomai, Hokkaido, as the main direction for its IR license campaign.