Lawrence Ho

    Mr. Lawrence Yau Lung Ho is the chairman and chief executive officer of Melco International Development Limited. He is also the chairman and non-executive director of Summit Ascent Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, since July 10, 2013. 2013, and since May 2016, is the chairman and chief executive officer of Melco Crown Entertainment. As a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Mr. Ho also serves on numerous boards and committees of privately held companies in Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a vice patron of The Community Chest of Hong Kong; member of Science and Technology Council of the Macau SAR Government; member of All China Youth Federation; member of Macau Basic Law Promotional Association; chairman of Macau International Volunteers Association; member of the Board of Governors of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong; honorary lifetime director of The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong; honorary Patron of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Macao; honorary president of Association of Property Agents and Real Estate Developers of Macau and director executive of Macao Chamber of Commerce. In recognition of Mr. Ho’s excellent directorship and entrepreneurial spirit, Institutional Investor honored him as the “Best CEO” in 2005. He was also granted the “5th China Enterprise Award for Creative Businessmen” by the China Marketing Association and China Enterprise News, “Leader of Tomorrow” by Hong Kong Tatler and the “Directors of the Year Award” by the Hong Kong Institute of Directors in 2005.As a socially–responsible young entrepreneur in Hong Kong, Mr. Ho was selected as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons Selection 2006,” organized by Junior Chamber International Hong Kong. In 2007, he was elected as a finalist in the “Best Chairman” category in the “Stevie International Business Awards” and one of the “100 Most Influential People across Asia Pacific” by Asiamoney magazine. In 2008, he was granted the “China Charity Award” by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. And in 2009, Mr. Ho was selected as one of the “China Top Ten Financial and Intelligent Persons” judged by a panel led by the Beijing Cultural Development Study Institute and Fortune Times, and was named “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” at Hong Kong’s first Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards.In 2014, Mr. Ho was selected by FinanceAsia magazine as one of the “Best CEOs in Hong Kong” for the fifth time, and was one of the recipients of the Asian Corporate Director Recognition Awards for three consecutive years. In 2015, he was also awarded “Asia’s Best CEO” at the Asian Excellence Awards by Corporate Governance Asia magazine for the fourth time, and was granted the Leadership Gold Award in the Business Awards of Macau.Mr. Ho graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in commerce from the University of Toronto, Canada in June 1999 and was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree by Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland in July 2009 for his contribution to business, education and the community in Hong Kong, Macau and China.

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    Oriental Regent gains board control of Tigre De Cristal

    Lawrence Ho’s Summit Ascent Russia is said to have a majority of the directors on the board of Oriental Regent, owner of Tigre De Cristal in Russia. According to its filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange last Friday, the company will have four out of seven directors on the newly expanded Oriental Regent board, […]

    City of Dreams retail extension to open by mid-2016; Lawrence Ho

    Macau’s City of Dreams is due to open its new expanded retail arcade by mid-2016, said Melco Crown Entertainment chief executive officer Lawrence Ho in an interview with Hong Kong’s Now TV. Ho said he was satisfied with the current progress of the leasing of shops in the new development, which is part of the […]

    Summit Ascent Holdings reports loss due to pre-opening expenses

    Summit Ascent Holdings, operator of Tigre de Cristal, located in Vladivostok, Russia, reported a loss for the year attributed to owners at HK$85.4 million (US$11 million), according to a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The loss was expected for the company, headed by Lawrence Ho, as it celebrated its Grand Opening on Nov. […]

    Chinese lottery operator MelcoLot reports net loss of HK$35.9 million

    Chinese lottery services provider MelcoLot Ltd reported a net loss of HK$35.9 million (US$4.5 million) for the year ended Dec. 31, 2015, representing a 45.1 decrease compared to a loss of HK$60.4 million in 2014. The lottery operator reported increased revenue for the year at HK$57.2 million, up 26.3 percent compared to HK$45.3 million for […]

    Melco Crown considers buying out hedge fund partners in Studio City

    Melco Crown says it expects to buy out minority hedge fund partners in its Studio City complex, but is mindful of the reaction of shareholders, local media reports. Melco Crown chief executive Lawrence Ho told investors at its first-half results that it was to look into a buyout of Studio City so it could assume […]

    MelcoLot drops Georgia casino project

    MelcoLot said its plans for a casino in Georgia will not proceed after failing to reach accord over a prospective site. The company said it has been negotiating with Dhabi Group Georgia over a potential lease. “Although every effort has been made to negotiate with Dhabi on the lease terms, the parties are unable to […]

    Oriental Regent to buy nearly $200,000-worth of gaming products from Dolphin

    Dolphin Products and Oriental Regent have entered into an agreement for the latter to purchase “Additional Gaming Products” from Dolphin for a cash consideration of $198,648, it was announced on the stock exchange.  The Additional Gaming Products, which are not described in more detail in the filing, shall be used in the casino under the […]

    MelcoLot posts 9 month HK$26 million loss

    Lottery operator MelcoLot Ltd, a subsidiary of Melco International Development Ltd and chaired by Lawrence Ho, accrued losses of HK$26 million ($3.35 million) for the nine-month period ended 30 September 2015. The group achieved total revenue of HK$34.0 million ($4.38 million) compared with HK$34.4 million for the same period in 2014, representing a decrease of […]

    Macau’s VIP heyday over says Ho

    Macau’s gaming bubble has well and truly burst with the heyday over as the VIP sector becomes “permanently and structurally changed,” said Melco Crown CEO Lawrence Ho in an earnings call. “[C]ertainly the whole VIP sector in our opinion and we’ve been saying this probably for some time now has been permanently and structurally changed. So […]

    Gotham City meets Great Gatsby

    AGB had the privilege of attending the official launch of Studio City in Macau this week. At the press conference on Monday 26 October, Melco Crown Entertainment (MCE) CEO Lawrence Ho and co-chairman James Packer explained what makes the project special. Co-chairman Lawrence Ho and James Packer were in attendance, alongside Hollywood celebrities Leonardo di […]

    Studio City counts on Hollywood magic to boost GGR

    Melco Crown Entertainment’s $3.2 billion Studio City resort opens today with many hoping the cinema-themed attraction will provide the catalyst to revive sagging gambling revenues in Macau. The company says it will be hosting a “once in a lifetime” gala dinner to guests at the opening to serve up a taste of some of the […]

    Studio City launch marks ‘new era’ says Ho

    Studio City, the $3.2 billion cinematically-themed leisure resort and casino developed by Melco Crown Entertainment, opened its doors today, marking the start of a “new era” for Macau and Asia, MCE CEO Lawrence Ho said at the launch. “Today marks the start of a new era of leisure destination entertainment for Macau and Asia,” said […]

    Melco lenders face crunch as tables fall short of targets

    Lenders to Melco Crown’s Studio City face debt renegotiations as the company does not have enough gaming tables for the $3.2 billion project ahead of requirements that it must meet next year, Bloomberg reports. The company, controlled by billionaires Lawrence Ho and James Packer, said it “intends to proactively engage” lenders after Macau’s government authorized […]

    Melco Crown gets 250 tables for Studio City

    Melco Crown Entertainment has announced that the Macau government has allocated 250 gaming tables to its new Studio City resort, which is scheduled to open next week. The company has won permission for 1,233 new gaming machines. At the open, there will be  200 gaming tables and 1,233 gaming machines, with the remaining 50 gaming […]

    Studio City Event Center unveiled to over 8,500 employees

    Melco Crown Entertainment unveiled its Studio City Event Center to over 8,500 employees last week at three staff rallies.  The rally was officiated by MCE’s co-chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho, COO Ted Chan and other senior company executives. More than 8,500 employees joined the rally to cheer the countdown of the grand opening of Studio […]

    Melco Crown launches bachelor’s program for staff

    Melco Crown Entertainment has teamed up with Edinburgh Napier University to launch an in-house bachelor’s degree program for employees. MCE said in a statement that the degree course creates a “whole person development programme for employees who have yet to achieve a university degree.”  The MCE YOU-niversity initiative will award successful students with a Bachelor of […]

    Studio City forms back-up plan over table allocation

    Studio City International Holdings announced that with the possibility that the table allocation for Studio City’s gaming area may be lower than anticipated it has formed a contingency plan. The company said in a press release it has engaged Kirkland & Ellis LLP as its counsel and Moelis & Company LLC as its investment banker […]

    MelcoLot revenue up 7 percent in first six months

    Melco Crown subsidiary MelcoLot announced that total revenue amounted to HK$24.1 million ($3.1 million) in the first six months of the year, up 7 percent year-on-year, while also releasing an update on its casino plans in Georgia and Spain. The company, which is in the Chinese lottery business, said revenues generated from the sales of […]

    Studio City set to open October 27

    Melco Crown Entertainment announced that its highly anticipated $3.2 billion Hollywood-themed Studio City will officially open on October 27, 2015.  Melco Crown made the announcement during a ceremony offering a tour of the property, while also launching sales for two of its packages. “We are just a few months away from the realization of our […]

    Ho says austerity measures may be needed

    Melco Crown CEO Lawrence Ho believes Macau’s flagging gaming industry has bottomed but shared the government’s view that further declines in revenue will require austerity measures. Due to plummeting gross gaming revenues that has led to a fall in gaming tax collected by the government, Ho reiterated the concern of Macau’s finance secretary that austerity […]

    Melco say Dreamplay attraction exceeds expectations

    Melco Crown Entertainment said its DreamWorks-themed interactive play and creativity center DreamPlay by DreamWorks has enjoyed high levels of visitation, exceeding expectations, since its soft opening at the City of Dreams complex in Manila in March. The company held the official opening for the attraction on Friday, attended by Melco co-chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho […]

    Melco reveals line up for House of Magic, Studio City

    Melco Crown Entertainment Limited , a developer, owner and operator of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Asia, today revealed an all-star line-up of top international magicians for ‘The House of Magic’ at Studio City, the first and only permanent magic extravaganza in Macau.  Designed, curated and hosted by world-acclaimed illusionist Franz Harary, ‘The […]

    Melco takes Studio City on the road

    Melco Crown Entertainment officially launched a three-day cinema-themed Studio City Experience in Shanghai, the second event in its China roadshow initiative. The Shanghai event showcased the features from the world’s first flight simulation ride based on the DC Comics superhero Batman, in “Batman Dark Flight,” the company said in a media release. The company also […]

    Studio City different from Galaxy in table allocation: Lawrence Ho

    Melco Crown CEO Lawrence Ho said he expects Galaxy Phase II’s table allocation to reflect future allocations but stressed his Studio City project and Galaxy’s should not be seen as in the same situation. Studio City, which is hoped will get a minimum of 400 tables, is the first integrated-resort to open in the city […]

    Melco Q1 misses estimates, revenue in line, as VIPs exit

    Melco Crown Entertainment Q1 earnings plunged more than 63 percent as China’s high rollers dried up, with rolling chip revenue at the company’s flagship City of Dreams Macau property falling by almost half. Adjusted net income was $87.1 million down from $239.3 million a year earlier. Per ADS the company said earnings were $0.16, down […]

    Melco Crown Philippines gets regular gaming license

    Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts announced that its recently opened integrated casino resort City of Dreams Manila has become the first property in Entertainment City to receive the regular gaming license from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation. The license was awarded after Melco met the minimum $1 billion investment under PAGCOR’s regular license requirement. A […]

    Melco Crown launches local management training program

    Melco Crown Entertainment said it has launched a new local management development program aimed at helping its Macau employees rise to higher positions in the company. The Local Management Development – Foundation Acceleration Program aims to enhance preparedness for management responsibilities through a structured program including executive education, exposure to various business areas, leadership development […]

    Melco Crown to open Pacha megaclub at Studio City

      Melco Crown Entertainment announced plans with Pacha to open Macau’s first megaclub, Pacha Macau, at Studio City, the cinematically-themed integrated gaming resort due to open next year. Lawrence Ho, CEO of Melco Crown, said teaming up with the internationally-renowned brand is a step towards creating more non-gaming entertainment options and diversifying the economy. “We […]

    Summit Ascent close to completing Russia resort

    Summit Ascent Holdings, backed by Melco International CEO Lawrence Ho, said it has nearly completed construction on its integrated resort in Primorye, Russia. “The construction of the integrated resort in the Russian Federation is nearing completion. Being the single largest shareholder in the joint venture we are actively involved in all phases of construction, staffing of […]

    Oriental Regent to buy $1.28 million-worth of gaming products from Dolphin

    Oriental Regent has entered into an agreement to buy $1.28 million-worth of gaming products from Melco subsidiary Dolphin Products to be used in the company’s casino in Russia’s Primorye Gaming Project. In a filing to the Hong-Kong stock exchange,  Summit Ascent Holdings – which holds a majority stake in Oriental Regent and is backed by […]

    Melco Crown Q4 revenue, earnings tumble; Studio City on track

    Melco Crown Entertainment posted Q4 results that missed expectations as both rolling chip revenue and mass market revenue declined. Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 was US$1.12 billion, representing a decrease of approximately 20 percent and slightly behind forecasts for $1.13 billion. Casino revenue was $1.08 billion down from $1.35 billion. Adjusted net […]

    Melco Crown wins Forbes awards for Altira and Crown

    Melco Crown Entertainment’s Altira Macau and Crown Towers casinos have once again received the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Awards, taking the total to eight, the most a company in Macau holds. The Forbes Travel Guide assesses properties around the world on their hospitality and awards those that meet the highest standards. Among the nine restaurants […]

    Melco says foreigner-only policy a deterrent in South Korea

    Melco Crown Entertainment co-chairman Lawrence Ho said South Korea’s policy of restricting access to locals means the company is not placing a high priority on expansion in the country. “In our opinion, foreigners-only gaming market is difficult. Korea and its policy of not letting locals in, to us, is difficult,” Ho was cited as telling […]

    Grand opening of City of Dreams Manila on Feb. 2

    Integrated casino resort developer Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corp announced that the official Grand Launch of its new integrated casino resort, City of Dreams Manila, is to take place on Monday February 2. In a news release Monday, the City of Dreams Manila is poised to become a premier leisure and entertainment destination with the […]

    Melco Crown unveils Studio City details

    Melco Crown Entertainment has unveiled details of its new $3.2 billion Hollywood-themed Studio City resort, which is scheduled to open later this year. Studio City, which has art-deco inspired architecture, claims to offer the most diverse collection of entertainment offerings ever seen in Macau, including a two-tower hotel and “highly sophisticated” shopping and dining experiences. […]
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    Yokohama bid holds promise and perils

    Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi's announcement that her government would make an IR bid reshaped the licensing race in a way that few other events have done.

    Training ground – how casinos are promoting from within

    For operators in Asia, it has become easier to promote from within, rather than look further afield.

    Gaming-linked candidates tout social fund, workers’ rights

    Macau’s sixth Legislative Assembly elections will take place on Sunday, with gaming-related candidates proposing more concessions, a social fund and better workers’ rights as part of their platforms. Seven gaming-linked candidates are competing as part of a 24-strong field for the 14 available seats.

    Ten years on, Melco Crown faces uncertain future

    Almost a decade on from Melco Crown Entertainment’s 2006 IPO, there are signs that the joint venture between two of the world’s largest casino operators is not meeting its sky-high expectations.

    Tigre de Cristal counts on unique position, tourism under penetration

    Summit Ascent Holdings is counting on the under penetration of the North Asian markets and its head start in the Primorye gaming zone to ensure the success of its new Tigre de Cristal property in Russia’s Far East. Speaking to AGB, Eric Landheer, Director - Corporate Finance and Strategy of Summit Ascent Holdings says the resort has a unique market position and is one of the only true integrated resorts in northern Asia. 

    Can Siberia’s Tigre de Cristal roar in Russia’s Far East?

    The first casino in Russia’s Far East, which has been touted as a potential Macau of the north, has officially opened after lengthy delays.The Tigre de Cristal held its soft launch on Oct. 8th in the Primorye gaming zone near the city of Vladivostok. The debut of the casino has been postponed multiple times since 2011, but the pace of development picked up when Asian investors became involved in the project in 2013. The resort is expected to appeal mainly to travellers from northern China and Korea, although unlike in many other Asian countries locals will also be able to participate. About 300 million people live within a three-hour flight of Vladivostok. 

    Melco counts on Batman, magic to lure crowds to Studio City

    With the opening of Galaxy Entertainment’s Phase II development seemingly doing little to generate additional traffic in Macau, the focus has now shifted to the launch of Melco Crown Entertainment’s $3.2 billion Studio City property later this year.Most analysts see the cinematic-themed property as the true game changer when it comes to boosting non-gaming facilities in Macau and therefore a better indicator as to whether the territory can diversify and attract a wider tourist base.

    Primorye activity heats up, with $1.1b in planned new investment

    The gambling zone of Primorye in Russia’s Far East continues to pull ahead of rivals, with the expected summer opening of Summit Ascent’s integrated resort and news of two other major investments worth more than $1 billion. 

    Macau changing its game

    Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On sent a clear message to the casino industry in the first policy address of his second term in office this week - the government is no longer just paying lip service to diversifying the economy away from gambling. The territory, which in just over a decade has grown its industry to be more than seven times the size of Las Vegas, is currently dependent on gambling for 85 percent of its income. However, after nine straight months of declining revenue that triggered a 17 percent contraction in Q4 gross domestic product, Chui said the industry is going through a phase of “adjustment.”The territory, which in just over a decade has grown its industry to be more than seven times the size of Las Vegas, is currently dependent on gambling for about 85 percent of its income. However, after nine straight months of declining revenue that triggered a 17 percent contraction in Q4 gross domestic product, Chui said the industry is going through a phase of “adjustment.”The government has cut its projected revenue from gambling receipts this year to average 20 billion patacas ($2.5 billion) a month from 27.5 billion patacas, while analysts are forecasting a second year of contraction, possibly by as much as 30 percent, according to Deutsche Bank.In his address, Chui said the government will strengthen its oversight of the casino industry as licenses come up for renewal and may require the companies to regularly submit their investment and development plans for review, in particular with regard to non-gaming activities. A tourism panel, under Chui’s supervision, will draft a five-year plan for stable casino growth that will make the region less reliant on casino revenue. Macau, Chui said, will become a center of tourism and leisure travel.