The deadly attack on Resorts World Manila (RWM) last year was a wake-up call for casino resorts in the Philippines and across the wider region, leading to calls to improve security and properly assess the risks facing each jurisdiction. There is no one-size fits all solution, therefore security experts say a clear understanding of the potential threats is key.
Resorts World Manila (RWM) was the first integrated resort (IR) to open in the Philippines and is the only one not located in Entertainment City, but opposite the country’s primary international airport. The property is currently in the third phase of its expansion, which will consist of a further three hotels, more gaming and other amenities, and is scheduled to be completed by 2018. Chief Operating Officer Stephen Reilly tells AGB about recovery from a deadly attack last year and how the resort fosters a loyal local base.
Casino operators in the Philippines have been attending workshops on how to comply with the country’s new anti-money laundering regulations, though some industry experts say the rules are still are not strong enough. The reporting thresholds are similar to Macau, and some say that's too high for the market.