Official data shows that the number of VIP gaming promoters operating legally in Macau is the highest ever. There are 235 licensed companies and individuals, 7.3 percent more than a year ago, annual data released by the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, quoted by Macau’s Business Daily. That is an average of seven licensed junket operators per casino. The surge in the number of junket operators and in VIP gaming revenue has prompted several analysts to call for more openness in the industry. For the year 2012, VIP baccarat accounted for 69.3 percent of Macau’s casino gross gaming revenue, reaching USD $26.4 billion. Revenue was up by 7.5 percent year-on-year.