Group director of strategy and corporate development
Asia’s glitzy IRs and casinos around the world are not attracting large numbers of Japanese tourists, despite their propensity to gamble in pachinko parlours at home, operators on a panel at the World Gaming Executive Summit in Barcelona said.
The UK’s gambling regulator has turned up the heat on casinos where money laundering is concerned, requiring rigorous background checks on wealthy international clients, including those from Mainland China, which is having an a detrimental effect on VIP business. Some upmarket operators are warning some high rollers are choosing to go elsewhere.
While the business of selling slots to casinos and online operators remains distinct, the two have been brought closer together in recent years by a new strategic approach which stresses the importance of offering consistency in product, payment and marketing - both in-venue and online. Omni-channel has been a favorite term on the industry conference circuit for some time now, but it appears to finally be having a tangible impact on the strategy and results of many of gaming’s biggest firms. We explore whether it will have the same impact in Asia.