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? Leisure activities will form a key part of the consumer economy and theme parks appear to be a sought-after attraction. U.S. consultancy Aecom has forecast that China will surpass the U.S. as the biggest theme park market in the world by 2020, drawing 221 million people to such facilities by that time. Walt Disney Co. is scheduled to open...

Intelligence Articles is a premium content section developed for AGB members only featuring in-depth articles on relevant items of interest across the multiple Asia Pacific Gaming jurisdictions. To continue reading, subscribe now.