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Pay8 signs MOU with CEZA

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Pay8, a Fintech company, represented by its chairman Kirk Arambulo, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Secretary Raul Lambino of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA).

Pay8, which specializes in payment solutions, is providing the CEZA Zone with last mile connectivity using their proprietary platform to enable online payments in remote areas.

The project is in line with the programs of the Duterte administration for financial inclusion, giving the 80% of the unbanked population in the Philippines access to the banking network. This will include residents, locators, small businessmen in the Sari Sari stores, fishing operators, and transportation operators.

Pay8 serves as a payment gateway by utilizing a portable point of sale (POS) system, bringing mass transactions online for often isolated communities. It also dovetails with the ecotourism push, allowing hotels and resorts in CEZA to accept and receive tourist payments under bancnet and Visa/MC.

This connectivity will also take advantage of the proximity of the new airport in CEZA to major North Asian cities being a short 45 minute flight from most of the coastal cities of China and Taiwan, and less than two hours from Japan and Korea.

“We are excited to be part of the pivot of CEZA towards being the Fintech leader in Asia. We look forward to working hand in hand with them to provide an effective platform for financial inclusion. This Filipino developed platform is scalable and can be a showcase for other emerging markets in Asia and is aimed at helping CEZA constituents compete in the digital world”, said HatchAsia President, Kirk Arambulo.

Pay8 is a majority owned subsidiary company of HatchAsia Inc., which has filed for its listing by introduction with the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).

 

About HatchAsia Inc.

HatchAsia is a gaming and IT services company dedicated to reshaping the digital landscape through innovative technology and business process solutions.
Located in the heart of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City, the company offers customer service and helpdesk support, field technical support, datacenter provision and maintenance, as well as cash management and financial support to its customers.
Its software services delivery unit provides end-to-end solutions covering project management, applications design and development, data management and information processing services.
HatchAsia is headed up by President and CEO, Kirk A. Arambulo.
For more information, visit www.hatchasia.com

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Melco attains record-breaking 85 stars at 2019 Forbes Travel Guide

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Highest for any integrated resort operator in Macau & Asia with collective total of thirteen 5-star and five 4-star awards across all Melco properties

 

Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited is pleased to announce that it has received a collective total of 85 stars across all its properties in the 2019 Forbes Travel Guide (FTG), including thirteen Five-Star awards and five Four-Star awards. This is the tenth consecutive year for Altira Macau to achieve the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star recognition. Notably, Nuwa Macau at City of Dreams remains the first and only property in Asia to receive FTG Five-Star across its entire portfolio of hotel, spa and dining facilities; while Studio City is honored for the first time as a triple category FTG Five-Star property.

Mr. Lawrence Ho, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melco Resorts & Entertainment said, “Attaining this level of recognition from Forbes Travel Guide has tremendous significance to us as a company, and to myself personally. We are delighted to see every property at Melco’s integrated resorts being awarded with the most prestigious FTG Five-Star recognition. Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards hold as much relevance to our team members as they do to our guests, and is ongoing proof of Melco’s commitment to excellence and relentless enthusiasm for creating exceptional and memorable experiences. I would like to express my deepest appreciation to every one of our hospitality professionals for their hard work dedicated to making Melco Asia’s leading integrated resort operator.”

Melco’s properties to be awarded Forbes Travel Guide 2019 distinctions are as follows:

Melco 2019 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Ratings



Hotels

Nuwa, City of Dreams

Star Tower, Studio City

Altira Macau

Nuwa, City of Dreams Manila

Restaurants

Jade Dragon, Nuwa, City of Dreams

The Tasting Room, Nuwa, City of Dreams

Shinji by Kanesaka, Nuwa, City of Dreams

Pearl Dragon, Studio City

Aurora, Altira Macau

Tenmasa, Altira Macau

Spas

Nuwa Spa, City of Dreams

Zensa Spa, Studio City

Altira Spa



Melco 2019 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Ratings



Hotels

Grand Hyatt Macau

Hyatt Regency Manila

Nobu Hotel Manila

Restaurants

Ying, Altira Macau

Spas

NUWA Spa City of Dreams Manila

Forbes Travel Guide is the global authority on luxury travel. The guide’s independent rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas is recognized and well-respected as a premium ranking in the travel and hospitality industry.

 

About Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited:

The Company, with its American depositary shares listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (NASDAQ: MLCO), is a developer, owner and operator of casino gaming and entertainment casino resort facilities in Asia. The Company currently operates Altira Macau (www.altiramacau.com), a casino hotel located at Taipa, Macau and City of Dreams (www.cityofdreamsmacau.com), an integrated urban casino resort located in Cotai, Macau. Its business also includes the Mocha Clubs (www.mochaclubs.com), which comprise the largest non-casino based operations of electronic gaming machines in Macau. The Company also majority owns and operates Studio City (www.studiocity-macau.com), a cinematically-themed integrated entertainment, retail and gaming resort in Cotai, Macau. In the Philippines, a Philippine subsidiary of the Company currently operates and manages City of Dreams Manila (www.cityofdreams.com.ph), a casino, hotel, retail and entertainment integrated resort in the Entertainment City complex in Manila. For more information about the Company, please visit www.melco-resorts.com.

The Company is strongly supported by its single largest shareholder, Melco International Development Limited, a company listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and is substantially owned and led by Mr. Lawrence Ho, who is the Chairman, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

About Forbes Travel Guide:

Forbes Travel Guide is the only independent, global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Started as Mobil Travel Guide in 1958, the company created the first Five-Star rating system in the United States. Today, Forbes Travel Guide’s incognito inspectors travel the world, evaluating properties based on up to 900 rigorous, objective standards. The company’s annual Star Ratings, reviews and daily travel stories help discerning travelers select the world’s best luxury experiences.

 

Source: Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited

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MGM targets Osaka for its Japanese IR initiation

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MGM Resorts International is focusing on Osaka prefecture of opening a casino in Japan. The Japanese government, which is finalizing the details for the implementation of the landmark Integrated Resort (IR) bill, has not disclosed the location chosen for the IR facilities. Earlier, the government had made it clear that there would be three locations in the country.

Osaka is one of the top candidates to be selected. That’s perhaps why MGM Resorts International has decided to set potential development in the city as a key target for their business.

During the full-year earnings call last week, company Chairman and Chief Executive James Murren highlighted the importance of the Japanese market.

“We just recently opened up an office in Osaka. We’ve committed now to the mayor and to the governor of Osaka,” he told financial analysts and added: “MGM has adopted an Osaka-first strategy. We are focusing our considerable resources on Osaka.”

According to Mr. Murren, the company expects an operator to be picked by Osaka in 2020, just before going to the central government.

“We think Osaka will be one of the three concessions that will likely be granted, but we know the central government has to select Osaka and its operator. That probably happens maybe 12, 18 months after Osaka itself picks its operator,” Murren stated. “Osaka’s goal is to have an IR opened by 2025. That’s when the World Expo is in Osaka.”

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Kevin Clayton announces departure from Galaxy Entertainment Group

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Kevin Clayton, the Chief Marketing Officer, of Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) has announced that he is going to leave the the company with immediate effect. Thursday 21 February 2019 will be his final day with company.

His abrupt exit marks the end of a seven-year tenure with GEG over two stints, having originally served as Principal – Strategic Marketing between 2007 and 2009 before returning to take on his current role as CMO in 2014.

“I’m leaving GEG after an incredibly enjoyable seven years with a great company,” Clayton said. “I have loved my time at GEG but I’m now looking for a fresh challenge and the time is also right for GEG.

“I am really proud of what has been achieved during my second stint with Galaxy which includes successful Galaxy Phase II and Broadway Macau launches, significant expansion of the Galaxy Privilege Club, a much larger and stronger brand footprint in China, establishing new service standards for premium customers, Galaxy Macau becoming the #1 integrated resort in the World by revenue and StarWorld also enter the top 10 gaming destinations in the world by revenue.

“Over the next few months there will be some quality time with the family and some travel.”

GEG also confirmed that Clayton would depart due to “personal reasons”.

Buddy Lam, SVP of Public Relations, added, “Mr Clayton led a centralized Marketing Services team that supported yet another major milestone in the company’s history – the successful opening of Galaxy Macau Phase 2 and Broadway Macau.

“Through various marketing initiatives, programs and campaigns, Kevin’s active partnerships with business unit leaders over the years have helped to drive customer acquisition and revenue and further strengthened GEG’s ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ brand in the market.”

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