AGB Nippon Executive Editor Michael Penn interviews Mindil Beach Casino & Resort General Manager Avril Baynes about her facility in Australia’s Northern Territory and how it has coped with the Covid-19 pandemic. She also discusses the changing profile of the visitors to the resort over the past year.
Esports entrepreneur Mellissa Kong, who runs REES, an esports engagement platform, speaks to Asia Gaming Brief editor Felix Ng about how hospitality and retail brands, including integrated resorts, can better use their esport spaces to attract gamers to their properties.
Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi is facing the ire of opposition councilmen both for the pro-IR pamphlet distributed by her administration that does not admit any negative effects of hosting a casino, as well as repeated challenges to her position that a popular referendum is unneeded.
The world is bouncing back, or at least coming to grips with the fact that going forward not much will be the same as before. Commendably, this industry quickly understood the need to adapt to a new normal, and that the days of targeting the low hanging fruit of the VIP sector are gone.