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Operators, Investment Firms Confirmed Sponsors of the Kyushu – Nagasaki IR Business Connect Seminar

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The Kyushu – Nagasaki IR Business Connect Seminar (to be held on 27 June 2019) has confirmed at least six international operators and investment groups who have agreed to support the event and speak to attendees. The operators in attendance will be presenting on a variety of topics to an expected audience of nearly 500 participants.

Confirmed event sponsors now include Agora Hospitality Group, Current Corp. – Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 & Get Nice Holdings Limited, Oshidori International Development Limited, Disaster Support Foundation and Casino Austria International, as well as one international operator who has asked to remain anonymous until the event date. Each of the sponsors will be given time to present individually, where they will introduce their organizations, visions for the future of an integrated resort in Nagasaki Prefecture as well as how they foresee economic integration with the Greater Kyushu Region at large. Problem gaming will also be a topic for discussion. A second session will include a panel discussion which will be chaired by Mr. Andrew Edsall of The Carter Group, a Japanese market research firm based in Tokyo.

The event is expected to draw attendance from Nagasaki Prefecture as well as the Greater Kyushu Region across both the public and private sectors. Additional attendees will include event supporters such as the Nagasaki Prefecture and Sasebo City Governments and a variety of Chambers of Commerce and Economic Federations from throughout Kyushu. The event is seen as the first major IR seminar in the region and follows the recent announcement at the Kyushu Regional Strategy Conference that confirmed agreement for the support of a Nagasaki-based IR by all Kyushu Governors as well as the governors of Okinawa and Yamaguchi.

It is expected that attendees will be interviewed after the event to gauge feedback based on the presentations given and will be passed to the event supporters to further study and understand public perception and IR support within the region.

 

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Malaysian Budget Increases Gambling Penalties

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Malaysia’s Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has announced that the punishments for both gamblers and gambling operators will be increased as part of the country’s 2020 budget. The budget has also set out that the number of four-digit lottery draws per year run by the Number Forecast Operators (NFO) will be reduced from 11 to 8.

It has been found that the maximum penalty for those who gamble illegally will be increased 20-fold from RM5000 to RM100,000. In addition to this, where previously there was no minimum sentence for gambling under the Common Gaming Houses Act of 1953, it will be now carrying out a jail term of no less than six months.

The minimum penalty of RM1m replaces the former minimum penalty of RM5000 for illegal gambling operators. Operating illegal gambling previously carried a maximum penalty of RM50,000, however, no maximum penalty is mentioned in the new budget.

The budget did not detail any changes to the upper limit on prison sentences for online gamblers, however, which is also set at six months for players, or for illegal operators, for whom the maximum sentence is three years.

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Analysts Predict Decline in Macau’s Casino Revenue for Q4 2019

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Analysts have predicted a decline in Macau’s casino revenue for the fourth quarter of 2019. Financial giant Morgan Stanley said that casino gross gaming revenue (GGR) is likely to be down every month of Q4 in Macau.

Analysts Praven Choudhary, Thomas Allen and Gareth Leung said that October GGR would be 6% down year-on-year. November and December would both register a 9% decline year-on-year, ending Q4 on a bad note.

“We expect Q4 revenue growth for both mass and VIP to decelerate compared to the first nine months in Macau. Driven by high [2018] base, lower [tally of] overnight visitors and general economic slowdown,” the analysts said.

The Morgan Stanley analysts also said that they expect third-quarter property EBITDA to be down 1%. “Also weaker than seasonality of an 8% increase quarter-on-quarter,” they said.

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Melco Wins Recognition for its Performance on Energy Management and Employee Development

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Melco Resorts and Entertainment has announced that it has been recognised by the 2019 Sustainable Business Awards (SBA) Philippines for its outstanding performance on energy management and employee development.

SBA, Asia’s leading sustainable award platform since 2012, recognises the companies that take a proactive role in tackling social, governance and environmental issues, ranging from climate change to making local communities more inclusive and sustainable.

Melco has been recognised for its workforce development programme which embraces a holistic “Whole Person Development” training approach, empowering its employees to have a generalist career path beyond a technical or functional-only focus and focuses on their personal growth.

Melco has also been recognised for its efforts in tackling climate change, which includes setting the goal of achieving carbon neutrality in its operations, improving energy efficiency and optimising its building management system to track energy use at City of Dreams Manila.

“We appreciate SBA’s recognition for all our efforts at Melco and City of Dreams Manila. We value our employees’ career development and that is what motivates us to provide a nurturing environment for talent throughout our company. Being socially responsible and being a good steward to our environment are key priorities for Melco and we aim to go above and beyond in our social, environmental and governance commitments in all our operations worldwide,” Lawrence Ho, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melco said.

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