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    The Asian Cruise Association (ACA) estimates the market will triple in size by the end of the decade, catering to around 3.8 million passengers, with 1.6 million coming from China alone and with on-board casinos a key part of the draw. Asia's increasingly wealthy middle class eye cruises, with the region's ports changing regulations to lure in the ships.

    Operators upbeat on Russia despite regulatory uncertainty

    Potential investors say they remain upbeat about the prospects for Russia’s gaming zones, despite continuing regulatory uncertainty and the unpredictability of the government, which abruptly announced the shutdown of the Azov area earlier this year. Russian Gaming Week, held in Moscow from June 3-4, attracted about 4,000 attendees, double the number of the prior year.