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Las Vegas Sands is not going to open casino in North Korea

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US casino operator Las Vegas Sands denied the reports that it is going to start a gaming venue in North Korea.

It was reported earlier that the company is planning a North Korean venture. Sheldon Adelson, the company boss, hinted in meeting in Jerusalem, where he was born, that the recent dialogue between the US and North Korean governments could pave the path to open business opportunities in Korea. These are his exact words:

“I wasn’t born here. I wasn’t raised here, I didn’t serve in the army here. I did serve in the United States Army. I’m a veteran of the Korean War. Actually, I hope Trump gets North and South Korea to finish the war. I feel as though I might be called back up. I fight enough. I don’t want to go back to Korea to fight. I want to go back to Korea to open up my business.”

Numerous gaming media outlets have since claimed that Adelson was referencing Sands’ ambition to establish a North Korean casino.

You will notice that Adelson’s comments above do not specify which Korea he’s eyeing for planting his casino flag. And while North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may have toured Sands’ Singapore property Marina Bay Sands ahead of his summit with US President Donald Trump – and Adelson has an on-again/off-again relationship with Trump – Adelson is a savvy businessman whose history offers no evidence of the recklessness that would be required to invest the millions (or billions) in a jurisdiction as volatile as North Korea.

Sands has repeatedly expressed interest in establishing a South Korean casino property, specifically floating plans for resorts in Incheon and Busan. However, Sands stipulated that it would not build in South Korea unless the company relaxed its ban on local residents entering the vast majority of the nation’s existing casinos.

Since North Korea’s alleged casino plans specifically refer to an international tourist zone, it is extremely dubious that Sands would be willing to relax its local’s requirement for the North when it would not do so in the South’s far more stable legal climate.

So, while it makes for a good headline, the idea of Sands establishing a North Korean casino is about as likely as Kim Jong-un and Trump wife-swapping to celebrate the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

 

Source: CalvinAyre.com

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Dragon’s Macau floating casino partnership with Brova fails

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Dragon Incorporation Limited, a fintech company focusing on block chain technology,  had announced plans to construct a floating casino in Macau, in association with a Norwegian company Brova Idea AS. The project was expected to expand the innovative industry of the city. However, the project failed. Dragon is no accusing the Brova Idea AS for not arranging sufficient funds.

Dragon blames Brova for the latter’s failure to keep its end of the deal as it did not secure the necessary funding for the project. The company said that the negotiations with Milo Andric, head of the Norwegian company, started to fail at the end of last year after he demanded an upfront payment while failing to show evidence that he had found financing for the floating casino.

“He demanded cash upfront. We pushed for Escrow or Bank Guarantee and the escrow or Bank Guarantee would have been released once the financing 80 per cent was secured according to his promise,” Dragon’s CEO, Chakrit Ahmad told the news agency.

Nevertheless, Ahmad said that Dragon is still interested in pursuing a casino with a separate company, but the original idea could change and could end up presenting the idea for a land-based casino.

 

Source: focusgn.com

 

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Foreign operators may not be allowed majority stakes in Japanese casinos

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The House of Councilors in Japan has not yet finalised the decision and voting on the proposed Integrated Resorts (IR) bill that would allow casinos in the country. Some industry watchers are of the opinion that even though bill would allow casinos in the country, foreign players may not be allowed to have majority stakes in the casinos.

David Bonnet, the managing partner of Delta State Holdings one of them. He says that, international companies will not hold the majority of Japan’s first IRs.

He said during a press conference:  “We know the Japanese government has a preference for public-private partnerships or working with established Japanese companies.”

According to Mr Bonnet, Japanese companies have only been keeping a low profile since casinos are not legalised yet. However, once it happens, he says “you will see departments becoming formed, part of their real estate departments, and you can say that a lot of companies will start looking at the IR business much more holistically.”

Furthermore, he expects the winner of the IR licence to be “the group that promises to build the biggest Integrated Resort with the smallest casino,” and added that he is optimistic about the industry’s performance after casinos are opened in 2020.

 

Source: focusgn.com

 

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Sands Resorts Macao Launches Micro-Movie with Venetian Macao Brand Ambassador David Beckham

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Movie shows sports icon on a quest to find the perfect Portuguese egg tart in Macao

 

MACAO, July 19, 2018 — Sands Resorts Macao has launched an online micro-movie featuring international businessman, sportsman and The Venetian® Macao brand ambassador David Beckham, along with several Chinese celebrities, who take him on a quest to find the perfect Portuguese egg tart in Macao. Released today, the micro-movie is a light-hearted take showcasing The Venetian Macao, The Parisian Macao and Macao as destinations renowned for Macao’s legendary egg tarts and a must-do on every visitor’s agenda when they visit.

Joining David are leading Chinese celebrities and actors Qiao Shan (taxi driver), Yang Di (waiter), Liu Yan (taxi driver’s sister), Lam Suet (chef), Cao Tu Jun (restaurant staff) and Helena Law Lan (bakery owner/grandmother).

The micro-movie shows David reminiscing about a previous visit to Macao when he encountered an elderly lady, Sally, famous for her egg tarts. Keen to revisit her renowned bakery, David escapes the waiting paparazzi outside The Venetian Macao in a taxi, only for the driver to unwittingly take him to a random cha chaan teng, or traditional Chinese cafe in old Macao. Inadvertently his comments offend the store staff which sets off a chase around the laneways before they make their escape.

Once David remembers he has the original egg tart wrapper from his first meeting, the taxi driver realises it was his own grandmother’s shop and they are reunited. But the grandmother explains she has a new shop, Sally’s Bakery, and takes David there, only for him to discover it is actually back at Sands Resorts Macao’s The Parisian Hotel.

The micro-movie was produced by leading award-winning production house Traktor and supported by Ng Fan, Chief Creative Officer, Saatchi and Saatchi Shanghai, and was shot on location throughout many of Macao’s distinctive landmarks and laneways.

As brand ambassador for The Venetian Macao, David visits Macao on a regular basis and is known for his commitment in supporting the local community on behalf of Sands China Ltd.

“Working with The Venetian Macao on this film was a really great opportunity for me to see both the old and the new sights in Macao and of course, to taste my favourite dessert — the legendary custard tart!” said David Beckham.

To view the micro-movie in full, please visit https://www.venetianmacao.com/campaigns/db-video-campaign.html

 

About Sands Resorts Macao — Sands China’s Integrated Resort City

Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The fittingly named Sands Resorts Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Sands Resorts Macao has transformed a day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.

Pulsating with life, both night and day, Sands Resorts Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao. With the opening of The Parisian Macao, it now boasts approximately 13,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty free shopping with more than 850 retailers offering a huge array of name brands, meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, transportation offerings and well over 150 dining options, including Michelin-starred restaurants, bars and lounges. Sands Resorts Macao is a must-go destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.

Comprised of The Venetian® Macao; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, including the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and St. Regis hotels as well as the Holiday Inn, Sands Resorts Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is within reach. And now the crowning achievement of Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision of the Cotai Strip — The Parisian Macao. For more information, please visit ParisianMacao.com.

 

Source: Sands Resorts Macao

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