Immediately before the Golden Week holidays, on April 27 and 28, the inaugural Kansai IR Showcase was held in central Osaka, hosted by by Tradeshow Organizers, Inc. The top political leaders of Osaka opened the event, and large-scale exhibits were presented by six major international casino operators.
Stories were shared, food was consumed, and lots of laughs were had at St. Regis Macao on Wednesday night, where more than 300 gaming industry executives came over for AGB's very first annual reunion party.
Spending by visitors to Macau was up 22 percent in the first quarter, with the biggest amount spent on shopping, according to figures from the Statistics and Census Service. The data, which doesn’t include gaming revenue, showed total spending was 16.4 billion pataca (about US$2 billion).
The Fukui Association of Corporate Executives has not received a proactive response from the governmental authorities about their IR proposal for Echizen city, made in March. “There’s not a feeling of active movement so much as just waiting,” says Seiwa Higashiyama, the secretary-general of the business association, to AGB Nippon.