Australia’s casino companies woo punters with jets, golf courses

    Australia’s casino companies are offering private jets and adding golf courses to woo high rollers in an increasingly competitive Asian market, Bloomberg reports.
    Echo Entertainment is considering buying a golf course south of Brisbane as an added attraction, while Crown Resorts has spent $100 million on upgrading its fleet of private jets, the report said.
    “For people to fly to Sydney from Macau, they’re flying over some pretty attractive casinos along the way and they wouldn’t make the trip if there wasn’t something unique here,” Echo CEO Matt Bekier told the news agency in an interview.
    The company also offers free hotel rooms, food, drink and transport.
    Crown spent $100 million last fiscal year buying three Bombardier Inc. jets to replace its fleet of Gulfstream private aircraft for ferrying Asian VIP customers, the Melbourne-based company said in a presentation last week.
    “The challenge remains to get the players to Australia,” chief executive Rowen Craigie was cited as saying on an investor call.
    Australia’s Queensland state is tendering three licenses for new integrated resorts, while Crown will open a new VIP-only casino in Sydney in 2019. The projects are expected to be heavily reliant on Asian VIP traffic.