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MGM Resorts International Announces Extension Of Macau Gaming Sub-Concession To June 2022

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MGM Resorts International announced  that on March 14, 2019, MGM Grand Paradise Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM China Holdings Limited, an indirect majority-owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts, and Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A. (“SJMSA”) entered into a Sub-Concession Extension Contract (the “Extension Agreement”), pursuant to which the gaming sub-concession of MGM Grand Paradise, which is due to expire on March 31, 2020, would be extended to June 26, 2022, which coincides with the expiration date of all the other concessionaires and sub-concessionaires.

“We are grateful for the support of the Macau government to have authorized and extended our sub-concession to now align with the rest of the market,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Resorts and Chairperson of MGM China. “We continue to believe in the long-term success of Macau. As the region continues to grow into an international leisure and tourism destination, MGM China remains committed to supporting this vision through our one-of-a-kind experiences in art, entertainment, and diverse food and beverage programming, as well as our stunning Mansion villas at MGM Cotai, which open later this month.”

In connection with the extension, MGM Grand Paradise will pay the government of Macau MOP200 million (equivalent to approximately HK$194.17 million or US$24.73 million) upon signing of the Extension Agreement as contract premium for such extension.

In addition, on March 14, 2019, MGM Grand Paradise also executed the MGM SJM Agreement with SJMSA, pursuant to which MGM Grand Paradise shall pay SJMSA an amount of MOP20 million (equivalent to approximately HK$19.42 million or US$2.47 million) in connection of the extension of the sub-concession.

 

About MGM Resorts International:

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 29 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company acquired the operations of Empire City Casino in New York in 2019, and in 2018, opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The over 82,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com.

 

About MGM China Holdings Limited:

MGM China (SEHK: 2282) is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions/sub-concessions to run casino games in Macau. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and MGM COTAI, a contemporary luxury integrated resort in Cotai, which opened in early 2018 and more than doubles our presence in Macau. MGM China is majority owned by MGM Resorts International.

 

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Nagasaki Reconsolidates IR Bid Support from All Governors of Kyushu Island

Niji Narayan

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Nagasaki has re-consolidated the IR bid support from all the regional governors of Kyushu Island.

The Kyushu Regional Strategy Conference, consisting of the seven governors of Kyushu region, as well as those of nearby Yamaguchi prefecture and Okinawa prefecture, plus the leaders of regional economic organisations, released an official message supporting Nagasaki’s IR bid.

Under the principle of “Kyushu is One,” potential IR operators were advised that they were expected to offer, and could be expected to receive, support for tourism development in the entire region.

While Nagasaki had gained early support from such regional associations, the regional unity behind its bid was briefly threatened by the prospect that either Fukuoka city or Kitakyushu city might join the IR race.

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Study Confirms High Rollers Gambled in Macau Despite COVID-19

Niji Narayan

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A new study released by the Macau Research Centre has found that 60% of those who visited Macau during the COVID-19 pandemic did so for gambling, with each willing to spend around MOP$87,000 on average.

The research centre surveyed 103 visitors between March and May, of which 93.2% were from mainland China. With the threat of a 14-day quarantine upon leaving Macau, research showed those mainlanders chose to stay longer, with an average stay of 6.7 days. Around 59% stayed for more than five days.

The study also found that 59% of those surveyed visited Macau for gaming, while 87% had conducted gaming activities. Their gaming budget ranged from MOP$1,000 to MOP$500,000, with an average of MOP$87,000.

“Compared to the mass market, the spending decisions of this group of high-end customers may be less influenced by macroeconomic and social sentiment,” the study said.

Moreover, the visitors spent another MOP$45,549 during their visits on average, mostly on dining, shopping and hospitality.

The study also found the arrivals had visited Macau an average of 5.8 times in the last 12 months, while 83% of them had visited Macau at least three times in the last 12 months.

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Macau Gambling King Stanley Ho Dies at 98

Niji Narayan

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Macau casino king Stanley Ho has died on Tuesday (May 26) at the age of 98. He was known as the godfather of Macau casinos and was instrumental in turning Macau into a gambling boomtown.

The flamboyant tycoon, who loved to dance but advised his nearest and dearest to shun gambling, headed one of the world’s most lucrative gaming businesses through his flagship firm, SJM Holdings Ltd, valued at about US$6 billion.

Ho spearheaded what is known in Macau as the junket VIP system, whereby middlemen act on behalf of casinos by extending credit to gamblers and taking responsibility for collecting debts.

Some of Ho’s children have become successful gaming operators in their own right. Daughter Pansy is the co-chairperson of MGM Resorts’ Macau unit while son Lawrence runs Melco Resorts & Entertainment.

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