Andrew Klebanow is a Senior Partner at Global Market Advisors, a hospitality and tourism consulting firm. He specializes in Marketing Plan and Business Plan Development, Feasibility Analysis, Market Research, Casino Property Analysis and Player Rewards Program Design exclusive to the gaming and hospitality industries.Mr. Klebanow has worked in the hospitality and gaming industries since 1975 and in the fields of casino marketing and business planning since 1991. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in at New York University and a Masters Degree in Marketing from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.Mr. Klebanow has served in a number of management and executive positions in the gaming industry including Vice President of Marketing at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, General Manager at the Santa Fe Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Director of Marketing at Alliance Gaming Corporation. He is a periodic lecturer at the University of Nevada Reno’s School of Continuing Education, Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, and has participated on panel discussions and presentations at G2E Las Vegas, G2E Asia and the Asian Gaming and Hospitality Congress. He has authored over 100 articles in Indian Gaming Magazine, Global Gaming Business, and In Asian Gaming. He also contributed academic papers to the Cornell University Hotel and Restaurant Quarterly and the UNLV Hospitality Journal.In April of 2015 he presented a paper entitled “Casinos and the City” at the Third Annual Asia Pacific Conference on Gambling and Commercial Gaming Research in Beijing, China.
The Year of the Dog is about to dawn in Asia, with most gaming markets in the region starting on a positive note after a strong 2017. The focus this year is likely to be on emerging markets, though regulatory change and disruptive technologies, such as the stellar growth of bitcoin are also expected to […]
I think the Philippines remains an intriguing story in 2017. President Duterte’s call to PAGCOR to privatize its casinos was a wise decision, although that decision was driven more by the President’s sense of morality rather than a purely business decision. PAGCOR’s dual role as operator and regulator has traditionally discouraged outside investment. PAGCOR branded […]
Laguna Lang Co. is moving ahead with the second phase of its integrated resort project in Lang Co in Thua Thien-Hue province Vietnam, with the selection of an operator to run a casino at the resort likely to happen in 2016, the company said in a press release. Phase II will include a condominium development […]
Global Market Advisors (GMA), a leading international consulting firm to the casino gaming, lodging, and airline industries, has issued a white paper on the effects of urban casino development. The paper, titled “Casinos and the City” explores the history of casino development in cities, past and current trends, and recommendations for future development of casinos […]
A backlash against a perceived influx of Chinese investment has sparked protests in both Vietnam and Cambodia this year, though experts say the outlook for two of the region’s most promising gaming markets remains positive. Most recently the protests have centered on plans for three economic zones in Vietnam, one in the center, one in […]
Global Market Advisors (GMA) today has announced the retirement of industry veteran Andrew Klebanow from the firm. Klebanow, who has been with GMA since 2005, is reportedly stepping down to spend more time with his wife, Sue, after over forty years in the hospitality industry. Klebanow has worked in the hospitality industry since 1975 and […]
Queensland continues to attract international investor interest in its casino market and is expected to see progress in new licenses being issued this year, though sentiment towards the market as a whole is lacklustre amidst flat revenue and rising regulatory pressure. Any projects are also likely to be smaller in scale than those originally mooted in the first round of license bidding.
The attack on Resorts World Manila, a likely public smoking ban and a proposed casino entry fee are putting pressure on the Philippine gambling industry. It was the best-performing in Asia last year and tipped again for strong growth, but smoking bans have never been known to produce a positive effect on revenue, while the attack hits a country that has long struggled with the perception it is not safe.
With signs Macau is well on the road to recovery; the Philippine market growing in double digits; and the prospect of casinos in Japan, 2017 is starting on a more promising note for Asia’s casino industry. We asked some of our contributors to give us their predictions for what will be the most notable events and trends of the year ahead.
To coin a popular phrase, 2016 really has been a year of two halves in the Asian gaming industry. To continue with the cliches, it’s also fair to say there have been a few curved balls along the route. Industry experts gave us their views of the year just passed, with the good, the bad and the ugly.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has made a series of pronouncements since his inauguration in June that have shaken the established order in the Philippines, including rejecting long-term ally, the U.S., in favor of closer ties with China. The gaming sector hasn’t escaped his reach, with a crusade, since reversed, against online gaming companies and a call for The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) to shed its casino assets and focus on its role as a regulator.
Asia Gaming Brief asked its advisors David Green, John English, Luis Mesquita de Melo, Andrew Klebanow and Steve Gallaway, to look ahead and share with us what they believe are the underlying currents for the Asian Gaming industry in 2016. Views may differ but the one common denominator is the shifting of the sands - something will have to give…An end to the IR “arms race," by David Green The strong will survive, by Steve GallawayEnough about the Millennials, by Andrew KlebanowMacau will continue the race to reinvent, by John EnglishThe “golden” gap for emerging jurisdictions, by Luis Mesquita de Melo
While most countries across Asia pose some degree of political risk, Taiwan is perhaps one of the more complex jurisdictions due to its relations with neighbouring China.Domestic politics, public opinion and cross-straits relations may all play a part as the island debates moves to allow a casino industry on its outlying islands. Bill Bryson, a senior advisor at Global Market Advisors, outlines some of the risks and mitigating factors.a) Possible change of ruling party: Taiwan is a full-fledged democracy, in which all elected government positions, including the President, are directly elected by the people of Taiwan. The current ruling party, the Chinese Nationalist Party (“KMT”), is generally favorably disposed towards creating a casino gaming industry and has a clear majority in the Taiwan legislature. The current opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (“DPP”), is generally not favorably disposed towards casino gaming, but is less concerned about the establishment of casino gaming on Kinmen and Matsu since it does not consider those two islands, which sit just off the coast of Fujian Province within sight of the Chinese mainland, to be part of Taiwan.
There’s never a dull moment when it comes to gaming in Asia and 2018 produced its fair share of surprises, many of them provided by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is keeping the gaming industry on its toes.
Construction in the once sleepy seaside town of Sihanoukville is everywhere, with cranes, cement trucks, container lorries, and excavation generating clouds of endless dust.
The expansion of Cambodia’s casino industry has continued apace into 2019, though the collapse of a building in Sihanoukville in June has raised concerns that construction and environmental standards are being ignored in the race for development.
Over the past 20 years, parts of Indochina have become a hotbed for casino gaming. Yet while this corner of Southeast Asia can be a challenging environment and not a guaranteed license to print money, certain casino operators have struck gold there. Arguably two of the region’s biggest winners are Crown International Club in Danang, Vietnam and NagaWorld in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The Philippines has been one of the best-performing gaming jurisdictions over the past five years and is expected to continue to outperform, despite rising regional competition, as the country’s operators expand.
Six gaming companies have transformed a sleepy colonial outpost into one of the richest cities in the world. But despite the vast wealth, infrastructure and social policies are still lagging.
Macau’s operators have stepped up their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts in recent years, in particular when it comes to China cultural cooperation, which may help their case when it comes to concession renewal.