Seats fill up ahead of JgC 2017

    The Japan Gaming Congress (JgC), held from May 10-11 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, is close to capacity with over 420 delegates now registered for the event, says organizers.

    This year, thought leaders featured include Mark Frissora, CEO of Caesars Entertainment; John Raczka, former vice president entertainment development & operations,of Melco Crown Entertainment; Masayo Watanabe, senior manager sub-leader for the Integrated Resort Support Office of Ernst & Young Japan; Masahiro Terada, senior manager of Pricewaterhouse Coopers (Japan) and Ed Bowers, CEO and representative officer of MGM Resorts Japan, LLC.

    Asia Gaming Brief’s Luis Periera will also be moderating a session titled: “How can IRs help to encourage national and rural tourism?”

    Online registration, which is available via www.japangamingcongress.com, will close at 5pm GMT on Monday May 8, with organisers advising there is no guarantee that non-registered delegates who arrive on site will be given access to the event.

    Rory Credland, event director for JgC, said: “The tremendous response from delegates reflects the importance of the lucrative gaming and hospitality market in Japan, estimated to be worth $40 billion. Japan, which is the third largest economy in the world, has been preparing itself as a potential gaming hub in Asia for some time and with the gaming industry now tuned into the prospects of addressing this huge market following the approval of the Integrated Resort Promotion Bill, the Congress has taken on huge significance.”

    The Japan Gaming Congress is a two-day educational forum that will offer a clear, practical insight and understanding into the casino legislation in Japan. With a relatively short time to go before the first licences are issued, JgC provides an opportunity to fully understand the complex nature of IR Casinos in one of the potential superpowers in Asia. Topics to be covered at this year’s JgC, include: Building a MICE economy in conjunction with IR projects; Licensing regulations; Best practice in responsible gambling; IR locations and Financing IR projects.