Russia’s Tigre de Cristal casino, operated by Hong Kong based Summit Ascent Holdings had reportedly welcomed over 200,000 people in 2016, according to local official Konstantin Shestakov.
In comparison, the Altai Palace casino in Siberia received just over 27,000 people in the January-November period in 2016, while Russia’s first gambling zone Azov-City in Krasnodar Region, welcomed only over 340,000 visitors across three casinos in the same period.
According to Shestakov who oversees tourism, taxes on the gambling zone’s activities amounted to RUB 488 million (US$8.2 million). The official also noted that the region saw a growth in tourist flow from China and South Korea.
AstroPay is the pioneer payment solution for thousands of consumers in Latin America, Asia and Africa, who want to purchase online on international sites, that helps merchants access new markets through its main product, AstroPay Card.
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.
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.
While nowhere in the world has escaped the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, Macau has been hit harder than most, with forecasts for gross domestic product to shrink more than 50 percent this year.