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APAC tourism to pick up in H2, but will remain low: Fitch

Fitch Ratings predicts a slow return in international tourism flows across the Asia Pacific to begin in 2H21, but arrivals will remain well below pre-pandemic levels and projections will depend on virus containment and effective vaccine distribution.
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Thai casino talk not seen as gaining traction

News last month that Thailand may consider legalizing gambling has been met with scepticism by those who know the market well, with most saying casinos are not likely to open in at least the next decade.

Fifth, sixth days of CNY the busiest; hotel occupancy at 48.3%

The fifth and sixth days of the Lunar New Year in Macau were the busiest, with arrivals from the Mainland up 5.3 percent and 22.8 percent year-on-year, the only days showing an increase. Hotel occupancy was at just over 48 percent.
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Covid clusters delay hopes for Asian tourism recovery

The New Year hasn’t brought the relief that had been hoped for Asia’s devastated tourism industry, with new outbreaks of Covid-19 across the region dampening expectations for an early opening of borders.
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Star gives vote of confidence to Gold Coast with new tower

Star Entertainment has given a vote of confidence to the potential of the Gold Coast’s tourism industry, pressing ahead with plans to build a A$400 million “Tower for Tourism” despite the Covid-19 crisis.

Thailand eases restrictions for 56 countries, but quarantine mandatory

Thailand is allowing visitors from 56 countries to boost its tourism sector, though tourists will need a health certificate to prove they are Covid free and undergo 14-days of mandatory quarantine.

South Korea visitors to drop to 32-year low

The number of visitors to South Korea is set to drop to a 32-year low in 2020, due to the impact of the pandemic. The number of tourists arriving Jan-Oct. slumped 83.6 percent.
Gary Bowerman talks about Asia’s tourism recovery prospects

Gary Bowerman talks about Asia’s tourism recovery prospects [Podcast]

Gary Bowerman, tourism industry analyst and director of Check-in Asia, speaks with Asia Gaming Brief managing editor Sharon Singleton about prospects for tourism recovery in 2021, how governments are seeking to boost domestic travel to plug the gaps and the challenges of getting regional airlines flying again.

Macau sees more tourists over holidays, seeks to boost stay

Macau's Secretary for Economy and Finance Lei Wai Nong said he expects more Mainland visitors during the Christmas and Chinese New Year holiday periods and said the government has a promotion scheme involving free hotel stays to encourage Chinese to stay longer and spend more.
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Jeju debates measures to boost its casino industry

A seminar held at the Jeju Tourism Organization building offered a debate and a rich discussion about the best means of boosting the island’s casino industry, both in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and in the face of its long-term challenges.

All set for the FBM slots expansion campaign in Asia

FBM has been developing its slots offer over the last three years, with operations established in Europe and North America.
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Life After POGOs – AGB Dossier

This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.
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Life After POGOs – AGB Pop-Up Forum

The Philippines and Asia’s online gaming industry is going through uncertain times, with the gaming regulator seeing more and more operators leaving the country for greener pastures.
AGB Webinar - Acquiring and Retaining iGaming Customers

Acquiring & Retaining iGaming Customers

In this AGB Webinar Series, we covered the newest strategies for iGaming player acquisition and retention.
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Asia Gaming Briefings – Feb 2021 Edition

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.
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Asia Gaming Briefings – Dec 2020 Edition

Over the years, many of the answers have been remarkably prescient in their forecasts for the near-term direction of Asia’s gaming industry. However, we can safely say that no one came anywhere close to guessing what 2020 may have had in store.
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Asia Gaming Briefings – Nov 2020 Edition

While nowhere in the world has escaped the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, Macau has been hit harder than most, with forecasts for gross domestic product to shrink more than 50 percent this year.