Donaco beefs up security amid China/Vietnam tensions

    Donaco International says it has increased security at its newly opened luxury casino resort in Vietnam and has established a protocol for mainland visitors in light of the rising tensions between the two countries. However, speaking at the G2E Asia conference, Donaco managing director Joey Lim stressed there has been no border closures or incidences of violence towards its clients as yet. The company held the soft opening of its Aristo International resort on May 18th. The casino gets 99 percent of its business from mainland Chinese visitors and 90 percent of those are high rollers. “We have set down house rules,” Lim said. “They are not allowed to deviate away from the hotel and casino. If they visit the town or the nearby Unesco heritage site they do so at their own risk,” he said. Thousands of Chinese are being evacuated from Vietnam following anti-China rampages across the country. Some Chinese tour groups are also suspending Vietnam tour services, with Ctrip.com advising against travel and refunding those who have booked, according to Xinhua. In a separate statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, Donaco said there had been no sign that the troubles were affecting business. “The number of players visiting the current property in April, and the first half of May, has been at normal levels. Chinese players are continuing to cross the border freely,” it said.