Barring some truly dramatic event, it is already clear Yokohama faces a year of battle over IR development in 2021, pushing other public issues to the margins. Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi’s mayoral term comes to an end in August 2021.
While the number of contenders willing to host an integrated resort has dropped dramatically since January, four runners - Yokohama, Osaka, Wakayama, and Nagasaki are continuing their campaign win a spot in Japan's integrated resort future.
The Nishinippon Shinbun, the leading regional newspaper of the Japanese island of Kyushu, editorialized on Monday against the IR development plan in Nagasaki that is supported by the region’s governors.
Consolidation of the bases and advancement in adversity was the thrust of Macau Chief Executive’s policy address for 2021, though it gave little away when it came to the current pillar of the economy - the gaming industry.
Gaming suppliers, like all areas of the industry, have felt the pinch from the Covid-19 crisis, though their growing digital businesses have proved a bright spot and helped offset the impact of the crisis.
Grand Korea Leisure released a business update indicating that the two-week closure of its two casinos in the Seoul metropolitan area, the Gangnam and Hilton casinos, will result in an estimated loss of sales in the range of KRW5.1 billion (US$4.6 million).
Levo Chan, CEO of junket promoting firm Tak Chun Group, has increased his stake in Macau Legend Development to 33.19 percent, consolidating his position as the leading shareholder, even as changes are made to the composition of the board.
As part of the government’s long-term response to climate change, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has allocated PHP2 billion (US$42 million) for the construction of multi-purpose evacuation centers in typhoon-prone provinces.