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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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Vietnam Police Busts $69 Million Online Gambling Ring

Niji Narayan

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Vietnam police have busted a gang that allegedly helped gamblers bet VND1.6 trillion ($69 million) through b8ag.com and arrested 13 people. The authorities have seized cash worth $240,000, eight cars, several computers, phones and other items.

The Ministry of Public Security said that six people would be charged with organising gambling and the others with gambling.

Hoang Lai Nam, 41, of Hanoi, one of the suspects, ran the gambling operation through a multilingual website hosted on an overseas server. It was mainly active in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Thai Binh, Ho Chi Minh and Ba Ria – Vung Tau.

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DOF: Rodrigo Duterte and Xi Jinping to Discuss China’s Worries on Illegal Online Casinos in the Philippines

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Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has expressed confidence that China’s concerns over online casinos in the Philippines catering to Chinese gamblers would be resolved by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping when they meet later this month.

Doiminguez said he was “certain” that the Philippine government was “addressing the issues raised” by the Chinese Embassy in Manila in a recent statement.

The embassy issued a statement saying “any form of gambling by Chinese citizens, including online gambling, gambling overseas, opening casinos overseas to attract citizens of China as primary customers, is illegal.”

It also said the online casinos that had mushroomed in the Philippines had also employed Chinese citizens “illegal recruited and hired.”

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Online casino operator Oriental Game was building two massive Pogo hubs in Cavite and Clark with over P8 billion in investments to also serve as a one-stop-shop for foreign workers to secure clearances from the government.

Dominguez said that the government will continue to collect personal income taxes due from foreign, mostly Chinese, workers in the Pogo sector, while also issuing tax identification numbers (TINs) to the majority of them who were still unregistered.

“The Department of Finance (DOF) and the BIR are focused on enforcing the Tax Code by requiring all foreigners with Philippine sources of income, to register and to fully meet their tax obligations,” Dominguez said.

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Movie Adaptations and Official Recognition Help Esports to Go Mainstream in China

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In recent years, China’s esports industry has gained ground in terms of cultural acceptability, especially when it brings in money.

Multi-platform esports club Invictus Gaming (Ig) has been one of the driving forces behind esports’ push for mainstream respectability.

Invictus Gaming sponsored the winning team at the International Dota 2 tournament in 2012 and League of Legends World Championship 2018. Their successes have helped prompt the authorities into action, with a raft of announcements in recent months aimed at professionalising and popularising esports in China.

On July 31, 85 players of Dota 2, FIFA Online 4, Warcraft III: Frozen Throne and four other major esports titles received registered athlete certificates from the Sports Bureau of Shanghai, Sports Federation of Shanghai, and Shanghai Electronic Sports Association. The registrations were also joined by proclamations of plans to turn Shanghai into a “global esports capital” and an announcement from NetEase that they would soon be starting construction on a new esports park in the eastern Chinese city.

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The story might not seem so innovative at first glance. A legendary professional player, Ye Xiu, leads his team to three consecutive national championships for a multiplayer online battle arena game called “Glory,” but is marginalised by the team manager for his low-key and unprofitable lifestyle. Ye Xiu quits and becomes a worker at an internet café, where he meets different kinds of players, builds a new team, then fights his way back to the professional league.

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