Yumeshima’s Post-Expo Future May Include Formula One Racing

Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura revealed in an interview with the Sankei Shinbun that he envisions attracting Formula One racing to Yumeshima after the 2025 World Expo is completed. This is only one part of the rapidly emerging vision for the manmade island, and how it may impact the local economy.

Murren: MGM “Focusing Our Energies” on Osaka IR Bid

James Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, told investors on an earnings call this week that his company is “focusing our energies” on its Osaka IR bid, and that he feels optimistic about MGM’s chances for success, in spite of the highly competitive environment.

Huis Ten Bosch Investment Deal with Fosun Group Falls Through

In a brief note published on its webpage on February 12, the major travel agency H.I.S. announced that its anticipated investment deal with the Fosun Group of China regarding the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, revealed last December, had fallen through.

Kansai Gaidai University Educating Future IR Hotel Managers

Last September, Kansai Gaidai University opened the nation’s first academic program focused on hotel management, explained Stephen Zurcher, the program’s director, in a recent exclusive interview with AGB Nippon.

Universal-Capcom Pachislot Alliance “a Powerful Collaboration”

The business alliance between Universal Entertainment and Capcom to jointly develop pachislot machines has been described by an industry analyst to AGB Nippon as “a powerful collaboration.”

Galaxy and Melco Recognized at the International Gaming Awards

Galaxy Entertainment Group and Melco Resorts & Entertainment were recognized at the 12th International Gaming Awards held in London last week.

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Wakayama Seminar

AGB-Hogo IR Seminar in Wakayama

HOGO has announced a partnership with Asia Gaming Brief and the Wakayama Chamber of Commerce for the purpose of launching the Wakayama Integrated Resort Business-Connect Seminar on February 19, 2019.

ASEAN Gaming Summit 2019

The third edition of ASEAN Gaming Summit is set to impress once again, drawing over 300 operators, suppliers, and regulators from Asia’s online and land-based gaming industries.