Galaxy Entertainment Group

    Website: https://www.galaxyentertainment.com/en

    Email: ir@galaxyentertainment.com

    Galaxy Entertainment Group was founded in 1988 by Lui Che-Woo. It was awarded a concession to operate casinos in Macau in 2002 and entered the market in 2004 with the opening of the first of four City Club Casinos — the Casino Waldo.The company owns the five-star StarWorld Hotel and Casino on Macau Peninsula, opened in 2006, and opened the first phase of its Galaxy Macau integrated resort on Cotai in May 2011. The company opened the expansion to the resort, Galaxy Macau Phase 2 and the Broadway Macau in 2015, marking the first new resorts to open in the territory since 2012. It has plans for Phases 3 and 4 of the property for a total investment of HK$100 billion ($12.8 billion). Site works are expected to start in 2016.In addition, the Group has also entered into a framework agreement with the Hengqin authority to develop a 2.7 square kilometer land parcel for a world class destination resort in Hengqin Island.

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    Francis Lui

    Mr. Francis Lui Yiu Tung, aged 61, joined the Group in 1979.He has been an executive Director of the Company since June 1987 and is the Deputy Chairman and a member of each of the Executive Board, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee as well as the Chairman of Corporate Governance Committee of the Company.Mr. Lui is also an executive director of K. Wah International Holdings Limited. He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and a master of science degree in structural engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, USA.Mr. Lui is a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a member of the Election Committee of the HKSAR and a member of the Chief Executive Election Committee of Macau SAR. He is also a director of the 68th Term of Macao Chamber of Commerce and an Honorary Chairman of the 18th Term of Kiang Wu Hospital Charitable Association. Mr. Lui was awarded the Medal of Merit – Tourism by Macau SAR in 2012 and Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2014 – Entrepreneur of the Year by Enterprise Asia in 2014. Mr. Lui is a son of Dr. Lui Che Woo and a younger brother of Ms. Paddy Tang Lui Wai Yu.

    Ragheb Dajani

    Head of planning, Japan, for Galaxy Entertainment

    Roger Lienhard

    Senior vice president for hospitality at Galaxy Macau

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    Macau’s casino shares saw a dip in price after it was announced that Chinese authorities detained 18 employees of Crown Resorts for suspected “gambling crimes.” According to a report from Bloomberg, Sands China Ltd. dropped 3.3 percent, while Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. shares fell 4.3 percent. The Bloomberg Intelligence index of Asia Pacific casino stocks […]

    IKGH didn’t close their VIP rooms, we did: Galaxy

    Galaxy Entertainment Group says it was the one to terminate the VIP rooms run by Iao Kun Group Holdings Ltd, after the junket operator breached agreements made with the casino operator. Last week, IKGH announced it has closed its VIP gaming rooms at the Galaxy Macau and StarWorld, effective September 10. In a press release […]

    Galaxy reports solid 16H1 profit, in-line with estimates

    Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd has reported first half profit up 26 percent year-on-year, citing a rise in non-gaming revenue and casino market share as a result of new resort openings. According to a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Thursday, the casino operator reported net profit of HK$2.6 billion ($335.31 million) for the […]

    HK-Zhuhai-Macau bridge will transform gaming industry: Lui

    The planned Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge will “transform” the Macau gaming and tourist industry, says Galaxy Entertainment Group chairman Lui Che-woo. “Macau’s hospitality market will see a new phase of development when the bridge starts operating,” he said during an interview with South China Morning Post. Lui added the gaming firm will focus on non-gaming activities, […]

    Gaming slump will not affect Galaxy Phase 3 and 4: Lui

    Macau’s gaming slump will not affect Galaxy’s plans to develop its Phase III and IV projects, said Galaxy Entertainment Group’s vice chairman, Francis Lui Yiu Tung. In an interview with Macau Daily, Lui said the company is sticking to its original schedule, with Phase III kicking off at the end of the year and Phase […]

    Macau tightens AML rules

    Macau has introduced new anti-money laundering rules for its gaming industry, which have been effective since May 13, local media reports. The tightened rules come at a time when junkets and casinos are facing increased scrutiny and higher entry requirements in the region. The new measures include providing “adequate” risk management systems, keeping daily records […]

    Macau to tighten visa rules for casino executive positions

    The Macau government is reportedly tightening its visa policy for executives working in the territory’s casinos in an effort to promote more locals into managerial positions. The Human Resources Office of Macau told the Portuguese-language Jornal Tribuna de Macau that the bureau can deny requests for renewals of non-resident casino executives’ working visas if “there […]

    Flexibility in table caps needed: Angela Leong

    SJM Holdings executive Angela Leong has said Macau needs to introduce more flexibility in its policy of capping the number of table games. Speaking at a meeting of the Macau government and Legislative Assembly on Wednesday to discuss the city’s five-year plan, Leong said the current table cap policy in Macau would “not be able […]

    Galaxy Entertainment posts first quarterly profit gain

    Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group has reported solid results for 16Q1, according to unaudited 2016 first quarter financial data released on Wednesday. The Group posted quarterly revenue of HK$13.4 billion (US$1.7 billion), up 1 percent sequentially and down 2 percent year on year. Adjusted EBITDA was HK$2.4 billion, down 2 percent sequentially and up […]

    Galaxy Entertainment to venture into theme parks

    Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd chairman, Lui Che-Woo says he will be venturing into family friendly theme parks as part of the next two phases of the HK$86 billion (US$11 billion) Galaxy Macau project, according to an interview with Bloomberg. Lui said the theme park will be “something special and high-tech” similar to the movie “Avatar.” […]

    Galaxy Entertainment profit down 60.2 percent in 2015

    Hong Kong-listed Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd reported a profit of HK$4.1 billion (US$531.1 million), down 60.2 percent for the year ended Dec. 31, 2015. Group revenue for the year fell 29 percent to HK$51 billion from HK$71.8 billion in 2014, and adjusted EBITDA was HK$8.7 billion, down 34 percent year on year. However, figures for […]

    Casino stocks tumble as China macro woes add to pain

    Shares in Macau’s casino operators started the year on a black note, with all recording sharp losses after weaker-than-expected Chinese economic data added to yet another month of steep declines in local gaming revenue. SJM Holdings was the biggest loser, closing the first trading day of the year down 4.5 percent, followed by Sands China, […]

    Galaxy chairman expects higher growth in Feb

    Chairman of Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited, Lui Che Woo, said he anticipates better results from the mass gaming segments starting in February, 2016, Hong Kong media reports. During the 60th anniversary of K. Wah Group on Thursday Dec. 10, the chairman said he believed the city’s drop in gaming earnings is bottoming out, and added […]

    GEG to offer engineering graduate training

    Galaxy Entertainment Group announced that it has become the first gaming operator in Macau to receive accreditation to offer an engineering graduate scheme. The accreditation of Engineering Graduate Scheme “A” Training will be recognized by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. Graduates from the University of Macau with an Electromechanical Bachelor degree or above will be eligible to […]

    Galaxy leads in October VIP market share

    Galaxy led in VIP market share gain in October by 6.3 percent month on month, boosted partly by win rate and at the expense of MGM which had a strong and lucky month in September, HSBC Research said. MGM’s share dropped 5.7 percent, while Sands relatively outperformed by adding 0.9 percent to its share.  Sands […]

    LVS awarded FAB trademark by Court of Appeal

    Las Vegas Sands was awarded the right to register the trademark ‘FAB’, or Fast Action Baccarat, by the Court of Final Appeal, local media reported citing a court statement. The case relates to an objection Galaxy Entertainment raised in 2013 over LVS’ right to register the trademark, which subsequently led to the authorities rejecting LVS’ […]

    Macau 15Q3 gov’t data shows flat sequential mass GGR

    Combined gross gaming revenue in 15Q3 from mass market and slots in Macau was flat sequentially from 15Q2, amounting to MOP25.4 billion ($3.2 billion) and an indication of market stabilization, according to official data.  Combined mass and slots GGR had previously declined sequentially every quarter since 14Q1, indicating this quarter is, according to Union Gaming […]

    Galaxy revenue down 29 percent in 15Q3

    Galaxy Entertainment Group posted revenue of $12.3 billion and adjusted EBITDA of $2.1 billion in 15Q3, year-on-year declines of 29 percent and 36 percent respectively, after experiencing bad luck in gaming operations. According to Bernstein Research, the results were in line with expectations. The company is showing a slow shift to the mass market as its Galaxy […]

    Galaxy chairman says Macau’s gaming market has “stabilized”

    The chairman of Galaxy Entertainment, Francis Lui, said Macau’s gaming market has “stabilized” and that the situation there has “calmed down.” In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation on China’s slowing economy, Lui said, “I think the situation [in Macau] has already calmed down. It has stabilised. I am optimistic that in one year […]

    Macau average daily revenue higher in September than August

    Macau’s gross gaming revenue for the month through September 6 was MOP4.1 billion ($513.6 million), according to Bernstein Research channel checks. Last week’s average daily revenue was MOP683 million, 14 percent higher than August’s ADR of MOP601 million.  “It is the most robust week since late May 2015. We believe part of the strength may […]

    Kevin Kelley appointed as Galaxy COO

    Galaxy Entertainment Group announced that it has appointed Kevin Kelley as chief operating officer, effective September 1. Kelley, who has 40 years of gaming, hospitality and entertainment experience, will oversee various departments including business development and international premium and mass market, along with operations at the company’s hotels and casinos. “It gives me great pleasure […]

    Galaxy warns of fraudulent salespeople

    Galaxy Entertainment Group announced that criminals have been fraudulently selling and promoting the operator’s hotel room and other packages over the phone. GEG said such agents have been “defrauding members of the public to provide personal and credit card information.” The company said none of its properties have conducted telephone sales and marketing of its […]

    Galaxy hit by bad luck as 15H1 revenue falls 34 percent

    Galaxy Entertainment Group reported half year revenue of $25.4 billion, down 34 percent year-on-year, on the back of “bad luck.” The company’s adjusted EBITDA for the period was $4.2 billion, down 43 percent year-on-year. Half year net profit attributable to shareholders was $2.0 billion, down 66 percent year-on- year including $1.0 billion of non-recurring charges. […]

    Melco Crown won’t show margin sustainability in 15Q2: Sterne Agee

    Sterne Agee says Melco Crown Entertainment will not show quarter-on-quarter margin sustainability in 15Q2 in the same way Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts did in their 2Q15 results. Analyst David Bain said the reasons for this include Melco Crown’s employee count build-up, which is more intense than the others due to the proximity of […]

    Galaxy to benefit from luxury markets in SBM deal

    Bernstein Research said the strategic value of Galaxy Macau’s investment in Monaco casino and hotel operator SBM lies in potential access to luxury European brands. “The long-term strategic value of this investment stems from the strategic relationship that can be developed with SBM and LVHM and future potential access to the luxury European brands owned […]

    Galaxy invests in Monaco hotel and casino operator

    Galaxy Entertainment Group announced it has invested in an owner and operator of luxury hotels and casinos in Monaco. GEG is acquiring ordinary shares equivalent to approximately 5 percent in Societe Anonyme des Bains de Mer et du Cercle des Etrangers a Monaco (SBM), which is listed on the Euronext in Paris.  SBM’s hotel properties […]

    Macau GGR close to MOP11 billion from July 1 to 19: analysts

    Analysts put Macau’s table-only gross gaming revenue at close to MOP11 billion ($1.3 billion) from July 1 to July 19. According to Sterne Agee, including slot assumptions, the July GGR run was MOP10.8 billion from July 1 to July 19, which indicates a drop of 35 percent year-over-year monthly result, or MOP18.4b. Sterne Agee’s July […]

    Casino stocks rise in Hong Kong amid smoking bill hopes

    Casino stocks surged in Hong Kong, after local media reported that the government may soften on plans to ban smoking rooms on gaming floors. Wynn Macau jumped 5.7 percent as of 2:01 p.m. local time, as Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. and Sands China Ltd. rallied at least 4.7 percent, Bloomberg reported.  The stocks rose after […]

    Galaxy launches premium mass services

    Galaxy Macau has launched a host of new premium mass services at its Cotai resort including three private gaming rooms. The new features will also include 19 tables and 143 slot machines, TDM Macau reported. Despite a difficult year for Macau operators and falling revenues, the company is optimistic of the future. “In any business […]

    Macau’s 15Q2 EBITDA to drop amid higher operating costs

    Macau’s operators are likely to see a decline of about 14 percent quarter-on-quarter and 42 percent year-on-year in their Q2 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization due to additional operating costs from new resorts, according to UBS analysts.  The Q2 estimates compare to a fall in EBITDA of 18 percent QoQ and 42 percent […]

    Casino oversupply concern is underappreciated says MS analysts

    Morgan Stanley says investors are too focused on weekly data for signs of bottoming revenue, while the risk of significant margin dilution due to higher fixed costs and oversupply is underappreciated.  By the end of 2018, the analysts expect table growth of roughly 20 percent – based on 200 tables for each new casino – […]

    Messages from Macau, Beijing mixed

    Maybank Research says the messages from Macau and Beijing remain mixed with the recent proposed total smoking ban and Beijing’s new transit visa rules, resulting in it being too early to say which ‘signal’ will prevail. Assuming July GGR is 5 percent higher month-on-month, Maybank estimates that it will come in at MOP18.9 billion or […]

    Gaming stocks rise following changes to visas

    Hong Kong-listed shares of the big casino operators in Macau are soaring after changes to visa rules allowing mainland visitors to stay seven days in Macau rather than five. A six-member index of China gaming stocks tracked by Bloomberg jumped more than 12 percent, the biggest jump since October 7, 2011, on the news. Wynn […]

    Galaxy chairman says Phase II weak though early days

    Gambling at Galaxy’s recent expansion has been weaker than expected, chairman Lui Che Woo told reporters in Hong Kong after the company’s annual general meeting. According to Bloomberg, business at Galaxy Phase II, which opened last month as the first new casino projects in three years, “is satisfactory, but not as good as what we […]

    June GGR sees little benefit from Galaxy opening, analysts say

    Gross gambling revenue in Macau will show another significant drop in June, despite the easier year-on-year comparison, with the opening of Galaxy Entertainment’s Galaxy Phase 2 and Broadway Macau failing to generate as much traffic as expected, analysts say. UBS expects June GGR to drop 32 percent to 37 percent year-on-year, analysts Anthony Wong and […]

    Melco Crown stock leads decline in HK trading

    Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. is leading the decline in Hong Kong trading, down 5.1 percent to HK$50.85, after stocks tumbled amid several analysts slashing their forecasts for June’s gambling revenue in Macau, Bloomberg reported. It’s the biggest loss in three months for Melco Crown, while Wynn Macau Ltd. lost 4.5 percent, Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. […]

    Galaxy completes first major four-month management development program

    Galaxy Entertainment Group completed in May the first major part of its new four-month “Accelerated Development Program,” aimed at training and promoting team members for supervisory and management roles. Of the 692 program participants, 98 percent have graduated and been promoted into more advanced positions, the company said in a media release The Program focused […]

    Galaxy allocation in line with expectations: UBS

    The Macau government has granted 150 new tables to Galaxy Macau phase 2, a number in line with what the industry expected after 200 plus tables seemed unlikely, said UBS. UBS analysts in a note said they maintain that the number of gaming tables has not been an operational constraint for growth for the industry […]

    Macau government grants 150 tables to new resort

    The Macau government said it has granted 150 tables to a new resort scheduled to open soon, according to Lionel Leong, Macau’s Secretary for Economy and Finance. He didn’t name the resort in the statement, however, Galaxy Entertainment is scheduled to open its new project on May 27th. The 150 number is far short of […]

    Investors not cautious enough on Macau, Morgan Stanley says

    Investors are still not cautious enough on Macau gaming stocks despite the sell off that has resulted in a 37 percent underperformance relative to Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index this year, Morgan Stanley says in a note. “While sell side is generally negative, we see investors are inclined to add positions. We see further […]

    Fitch turns more negative on Macau, but reiterates rating

    Ratings agency Fitch said it has turned more negative on Macau in the near term after a recent visit by analysts and has cut its estimate for gross gambling revenue in 2015 to a drop of 29 percent from a decline of 22 percent previously. The revision reflects continued revenue weakness in April and an […]

    Moody’s says Macau decline is “credit negative” for rated companies

    Moody’s Investors Service says that the continued decline in Macau gaming revenue is “credit negative” for rated gaming companies. Following Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau announcement that year-on-year GGR declined 38.8 percent in April, Moody’s analysts say overall GGR is expected to remain weak for the rest of the year. “The decline is credit […]

    Mass revenue stabilizing but not trend yet: UBS

    Following Galaxy Entertainment’s financial results, UBS said there have been some signs of gradual stabilisation in mass segment revenue in recent weeks but it is too early to call it a “trend.” “This is especially true for the mass segment, where management noted mass Buy-Ins in the last 3-6 weeks (i.e. from late Q1) have […]

    Galaxy Entertainment sees revenue decline 32 percent

    Galaxy Entertainment Group suffered a 32 percent year-on-year decline in revenue in the first quarter of this year, while adjusted EBITDA during this period fell 40 percent. The company announced that its revenue fell to HK$13.7 billion, and adjusted EBITDA, to  HK$2.3 billion. The company’s Galaxy Macau and StarWorld Macau saw revenues fall to HK$9.2 […]

    Galaxy 4Q14 EBITDA falls 25 percent

    In what has been a challenging quarter for casino operations in Macau, Galaxy Entertainment Group reported a decrease in fourth quarter EBITDA of 25 percent to HK$2.7 billion (348 million), though full year revenue rose 9 percent to HK$71.8 billion. The company’s Galaxy Macau casino raked in $46.9 billion in revenue for the entire year […]

    Galaxy Entertainment warns of fake web sites

    Galaxy Entertainment has warned that unauthorized online gambling sites are using the trade names of its properties with the intention of defrauding the public and warned it will take legal action against any individual or group that it finds has infringed its trademarks. Galaxy said its properties, including Galaxy Macau, StarWorld Macau Hotel and Broadway […]

    Galaxy Macau in $7.4 billion expansion plan

    Marking a push to diversify from gaming, Galaxy Macau says it is planning to spend US$7.4 billion in new developments, including a recreation of New York’s Broadway district. The project, with the additions, is due to open its doors on May 27, 2015 and will double the size of the resort development to more than […]

    Macau may hike taxes when licenses renewed

    Macau may choose to hike gaming taxes, already the highest in Asia, once the government renews the licenses for concessionaires, CLSA analyst Aaron Fischer was cited as saying. He said he expects all six current operators to see their licenses renewed and the possibility of one extra license perhaps being granted to a local company. […]

    Morgan Stanley sees upside in lower Macau labor costs, but expects project delays

    Morgan Stanley says Macau labor costs may be lower than the 10 to 15 percent increase most operators had been predicting for 2015 as casinos take measures to trim spending, though it sees rising capex costs and construction delays potentially reducing the return from Phase 2 projects. In a note, the U.S. bank said it […]

    Dividend sustainability to be a concern, Wynn at risk, CS says

    The sustainability of dividends at Macau’s casino operators is likely to become a major concern for investors as earnings deteriorate at the same time as capital spending requirements ramp up due to new projects, according to a Credit Suisse report. “In light of the risk of earnings deterioration in 2015 but ongoing capex requirement for […]

    Macau GGR sees first annual decline; turnaround expected in 2015

    Gross gambling revenue in Macau suffered the first annual decline in 2014 since records began in 2002. According to figures from the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, GGR was down 2.6 percent to 351.5 billion patacas ($44 billion) in 2014. For December, there was a record monthly drop of 30.4 percent. Macau has seen seven […]

    Asia’s casinos eye benefits of going cashless

    Political hurdles have slowed Asia’s progress towards a cashless model for casino gaming, but wider social trends and potential benefits to anti-money laundering (AML) efforts and responsible gaming checks could persuade regulators to reconsider.
    Japan Diet Session

    Policy delays give late movers a fighting chance

    The Abe government's decision to drag its feet on more detailed regulations governing the IR industry and to delay the establishment of the Casino Management Board may exercise an effect on which local governments get licensed and which IR operators are selected.

    Operators strive for a sporting chance in new jurisdictions

    Gaming companies have long recognised the lucrative potential of teaming up with sports, and as new jurisdictions open up to casinos, operators are seeking to leverage these ties to boost brand recognition, woo the public and dull the gambling edge.

    No clarity in casino concession countdown

    The first of Macau’s six casino concessions expire in less than 18 months, though the operators who have invested billions in the territory still have no clarity as to how, or even if, those licenses to operate will be renewed.
    President Rodrigo Duterte

    Risk premium clouds prospects

    “I hate gambling. I do not want it. “There will be no casinos outside of what are existing. I am not granting anything.”  

    Trade war creates headwinds for Macau gaming stocks

    Macau gaming stocks are feeling the heat from the trade war between the U.S. and China, falling to their lowest levels in a year, with some analysts cutting their growth forecasts on concern for a slowdown in China’s economy.

    Operators eye innovation as retail pops

    Alongside a rebound in gross gaming revenue, Macau is enjoying a boom in retail sales, with operators seeking to drive further growth through innovative concepts, such as pop-up shops and retail cafes.

    Japan local governments gather at the starting line

    The year 2017 saw a distinct acceleration in the race to obtain licenses to build and operate Japan’s first IRs. While everyone agrees that the potential scope of the market is vast, without the precise locations and the terms of regulation yet being clarified, estimations of the ultimate size of this market remain little more than guesswork. Progress in the year was once again stalled by politics, though operators are hoping to push forward in 2018 with both the legislative framework and their own groundwork.

    Will Japan whet Europe’s expansion appetite?

    It’s 15 years since Macau flung open its arms to international gaming companies and major US operators wasted little time heading to the Far East to plant their flags firmly in the ground. US and Australian interests have dominated casino investment across Asia, with the Europeans notably absent, however, with Japan planning to open the market, there are signs that may be about to change. 

    Gaming-linked candidates tout social fund, workers’ rights

    Macau’s sixth Legislative Assembly elections will take place on Sunday, with gaming-related candidates proposing more concessions, a social fund and better workers’ rights as part of their platforms. Seven gaming-linked candidates are competing as part of a 24-strong field for the 14 available seats.

    Looking for growth

    While the Macau market still has plenty more to give, operators are starting to look elsewhere for future growth potential 

    Japan Gaming Congress lays groundwork for IRs

    Excitement over the prospects for IR development in Japan was palpable at the just-concluded Japan Gaming Congress. Held at a major hotel in central Tokyo, it drew in a capacity crowd of 450 people, mixing international operators with local Japanese businesses and others who hope to become stakeholders in what is predicted to become a multi-billion dollar industry. More than half a dozen Japanese lawmakers spoke on the opening day of the two-day conference, including Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda, a close aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    Macau stock rally seen losing steam

    Macau’s gaming stocks have rebounded to trade at two-year highs, tracking the recovery in gross gaming revenue, however analysts warn against over optimism, saying growth may be nearing its peak, at least in the short term.

    Non-gaming revenues rise, but offering fails to inspire

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang praised Macau’s efforts to diversify its economy during a three-day visit last year, but market experts say operators are still trying to get the recipe right when it comes to non-gaming attractions and face an uphill struggle. Revenue from non-gaming has improved, however, Macau is still far from being a destination that will attract visitors for its tourism offering off the casino floor. 

    Tourism blueprint is good start but hurdles high

    Macau’s tourism development masterplan, which aims to transform the VIP gaming hub into a mass market, diversified leisure destination, forecasts as many as 40 million tourists a year by 2015. The blueprint contains a clear vision of what the government wants for the future, with tourists staying longer and spending more on non-gaming activities. However, tourism industry experts say Macau as a family destination faces significant headwinds and stakeholders still haven't reached consensus on what brand Macau should be. 

    For the thrill of it: Does Macau have a role in China’s theme-park craze?

    With the construction of a theme park on the cards for Galaxy Macau, could this form of family friendly entertainment prove crucial in enticing mass-market tourists in their droves? A natural byproduct of China’s burgeoning middle class has been more discretionary money to spend. Research from the Boston Consulting Group predicts that China’s consumer economy will expand by about half, to $6.5 trillion, by 2020 with services overtaking goods as the chief engine for spending. The booming theme-park market is likely to be a key beneficiary, but could it drive traffic to Macau?

    Hengqin projects take shape as Macau looks for a crowd-puller

    A Macau casino company CEO recently told a group of investors, “Hengqin is the most underreported story about Macau.”While many in the gaming and hospitality industries increasingly take note of Hengqin’s future plans, projects are beginning to rise from its ground. Cratered construction sites of a Cotai magnitude, along with extensive underground infrastructure, reveal the subterranean clues of projects yet to come. Many analysts and industry observers see the development of the island’s tourism facilities as being the real game changer for Macau as it tries to transform itself into a mass market leisure destination.  

    Macau’s operators pick at costs as revenue slide continues

    Macau’s casino operators have already cut the low hanging fruit when it comes to reducing operating costs and are now struggling to further pare expenses as the slump in the market drags into its 19th straight month.With labour cuts not an easy option in Macau, the casinos face a juggling act in scaling back customer service standards without losing the customer. They are looking for creative ways to cut back behind the scenes and make every penny count.  

    Macau’s challenge: Do policy-driven changes make for a successful market?

    At this year’s Macau Gaming Show, experts were called upon to ponder whether Macau, the world’s largest gambling hub, can follow the example of Las Vegas and transform itself into an entertainment capital for the mass market.Views varied, but the one common thread was that it was going to be a long and painful transition. While Las Vegas revenue crumbled over a period of years following the financial crash of 2007, the Macau market has fallen off a cliff in little over a year largely as a result of a government policy decision in neighbouring China. That creates challenges for those trying to reinvent the market.

    2016 – what comes next for Macau and the region?

    Asia Gaming Brief asked its advisors David Green, John English, Luis Mesquita de Melo, Andrew Klebanow and Steve Gallaway, to look ahead and share with us what they believe are the underlying currents for the Asian Gaming industry in 2016. Views may differ but the one common denominator is the shifting of the sands - something will have to give…An end to the IR “arms race," by David Green The strong will survive, by Steve GallawayEnough about the Millennials, by Andrew KlebanowMacau will continue the race to reinvent, by John EnglishThe “golden” gap for emerging jurisdictions,  by Luis Mesquita de Melo 

    Macau needs better branding, tourism planning for successful transition

    Macau, whose meteoric success was fueled by the high-spending VIP gambler, needs to improve its branding and tourism planning if it is to transform to a majority non-gaming model and replace income from the missing high rollers. The government is determined to effect a Las Vegas-style shift to a destination resort, but experts say it will be a difficult road. 

    Are big budget ads money well spent or sledgehammer cracking a nut?

    With Macau gambling revenue falling for the 12th straight month in June and new multi-billion dollar casinos set to double capacity in the territory, it has become more important than ever for operators to find a way to stand out from the crowd -- but does it have to break the budget? Kevin Clayton, chief marketing officer for Galaxy Entertainment Group, cites the old saying “differentiate or die,” to describe the need for the companies to carve out their market niche and shape their brands through the best use of all available marketing tools.

    Macau’s table cap: Does it matter anymore?

    Will the new supply coming to the Cotai resort district set Macau back on the road to growth and if it does will operators be allocated enough tables to make the new multi-billion dollar resorts profitable? They are billion-dollar questions with no ready answer as operators and investors adjust to an adverse political climate in China and the chilly “new normal” this has imposed on the world’s largest casino market.

    Macau changing its game

    Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On sent a clear message to the casino industry in the first policy address of his second term in office this week - the government is no longer just paying lip service to diversifying the economy away from gambling. The territory, which in just over a decade has grown its industry to be more than seven times the size of Las Vegas, is currently dependent on gambling for 85 percent of its income. However, after nine straight months of declining revenue that triggered a 17 percent contraction in Q4 gross domestic product, Chui said the industry is going through a phase of “adjustment.”The territory, which in just over a decade has grown its industry to be more than seven times the size of Las Vegas, is currently dependent on gambling for about 85 percent of its income. However, after nine straight months of declining revenue that triggered a 17 percent contraction in Q4 gross domestic product, Chui said the industry is going through a phase of “adjustment.”The government has cut its projected revenue from gambling receipts this year to average 20 billion patacas ($2.5 billion) a month from 27.5 billion patacas, while analysts are forecasting a second year of contraction, possibly by as much as 30 percent, according to Deutsche Bank.In his address, Chui said the government will strengthen its oversight of the casino industry as licenses come up for renewal and may require the companies to regularly submit their investment and development plans for review, in particular with regard to non-gaming activities. A tourism panel, under Chui’s supervision, will draft a five-year plan for stable casino growth that will make the region less reliant on casino revenue. Macau, Chui said, will become a center of tourism and leisure travel.
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