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SiGMA Group announces double summits for Manila 2020

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iGaming, A.I. and Blockchain shows will take place at SMX Manila on the same dates, bringing all verticals closer

 

SiGMA Group has announced the dates for two shows in Manila for 2020, combined under one roof to ignite the symbiotic opportunities for businesses in each sector of iGaming, A.I., Blockchain, and emerging technologies. SiGMA Manila and Manila A.I. & Blockchain Summit will take place June 8th-9th 2020 at the SMX Convention Centre, Manila.

The Group’s move eastwards capitalises on the strong interest in Asia for iGaming and the growing value there for companies looking to move into up-and-coming iGaming markets. As Asia leads the way in merging new blockchain and A.I. technologies with the global iGaming sector,  SiGMA Group is strengthening trade ties with the jurisdictions in the region to facilitate fresh business opportunities for European companies.

The joint expos will echo the success of sister events SiGMA Malta and the Malta A.I. & Blockchain Summit, both well-established annual events which have set high standards on a global level. The shows in Manila in 2020 expect to welcome over 600 exhibitors and 11,000 attendees from across the globe for two days of conferences and workshops, and premier networking events.

Aside from taking on a supportive role for European companies looking to forge closer relations with their Asian counterparts, the launch of SiGMA Manila 2020 and the Manila A.I. & Blockchain Summit promises to bring a myriad of benefits to the hotspot, with introductions to global companies looking to expand in the area at the top of the agenda.

Eman Pulis, CEO SiGMA Group, commented, “Regulatory turmoil in Europe and an increasing appetite in Asia for online gambling and Distributed Ledger Technology has led us to take this bold leap forward and launch our two most successful shows in Asia. Whether you’re in iGaming, A.I., Blockchain, or emerging tech, our mission is to support the obvious trend of  European brands expanding East, and we’re delighted to endorse the great opportunities that exist in Asia.

“We do not just want to react to what’s going on out there, but we want to take an active, leading role in not only bringing the Asian and European community together but also building long lasting commercial opportunities.”

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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New Chief Executive Promises to protect Macau’s Gaming and Tourism Industry

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Ho Iat Seng, the new Chief Executive of Macau, has promised to protect the future of Macau’s gaming and tourism industries.

Speaking at a media conference in Beijing, Ho pointed to the “one country, two systems” principle and national security law as playing an important role in the stability of the city which in turn was vital to its ongoing prosperity.

“One can see that Macau has been doing quite well over the past 20 years in the one country aspect, including the enactment of a national security law. With such legislation, we can prevent interference by foreign influences. If they dare to come to intervene, we will make use of our law to safeguard the one country. We won’t allow foreign influences to have a hand in Macau’s affairs,” Ho said.

“Macau cannot afford to fall into chaos. Macau is a tourism city. Our major revenue comes from tourism and the gaming industry. We need to protect people’s livelihood,” Ho added.

Asked about the impending expiration of Macau’s six gaming concessions and sub-concessions in 2022 and the progress of plans for re-tendering, Ho explained that a draft had already been developed which would be refined and amended once the new administration takes over in December.

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Goa CM Says Casinos are Essential for Tourism in the State

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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has assessed the importance of casinos in the state and told that they are a very important part of the tourism industry as they attract tourists.

“During one of the media interviews, I was asked whether I support casinos. Casinos are one of the important parts of tourism as they attract tourists… of course, it is there,” Sawant said.

“We are getting direct and indirect revenue from the tourism industry. Now it depends on the stakeholders how to grow the industry, while the government can provide necessary infrastructure for them. We want to make it 100%,” Sawant added.

The Government of Goa has recently announced plans to ban residents from entering casino floors. However, the authorities did not set any timeline for the implementation of such a controversial measure.

“I am of the opinion that Goans should not be allowed in casinos. The Goa Gambling Policy makes it clear that casinos are allowed only for tourism purpose and not for Goans to visit. We have to sit and fix a date to ban Goa residents from casinos. They would be barred from entering offshore and onshore casinos,” Sawant said.

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Osaka City Planning Council Agrees to Change Yumeshima as Commercial Zone

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The Osaka City Planning Council has agreed to change Yumeshima island to a commercial zone from its current status as an industrial or semi-industrial zone. The change in status of the zone is to promote Yumeshima as an international tourist hub and develop an integrated resort (IR).

“We will guide reasonable land usage for the purpose of creating a new international tourism hub on the coastal area. It is easily accessible from the city and it is possible to secure a large amount of land,” the Council said.

Yumeshima, an artificial island in Osaka Bay, will host the World Expo 2025. Japan is planning to develop integrated resorts before the World Expo 2025. The development of Yumeshima will be worth around JPY 95.4 billion. The city will extend its Osaka Metro Central Line and will connect Yumeshima to the city.

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