Monday, October 26, 2020

Tag: Covid-19

Thousands of casino jobs could be lost with wider curfew measures

Grosvenor Casino Rank curfew warning
The Rank Group Plc (LSE: RNK) has warned of thousands of jobs being put at risk in its Grosvenor Casinos business if the Government proceeds with nationwide 10:00pm curfews across the UK.

Aaron Moss: “We must all find what works for our brand, our team and our guests”

Aaron Moss Cliff Castle Casino Hotel
Casino Review spoke to Aaron Moss, general manager of Cliff Castle Casino Hotel in Camp Verde, Arizona, about how his property is adapting to the new normal, with employees practising “creative ways to be social and engaging while maintaining physical distancing”.

“It will take time to get back to full gaming and non-gaming operations”

Dr Alan Meister Tribal operators post covid recovery economic consultant
Dr. Alan Meister, CEO and principal economist at Meister Economic Consulting and a specialist in Indian gaming, discusses the panorama facing tribal operators in the US and cautions that a post-COVID recovery “will be slow and lengthy”.

“We are asking the government to quickly review the decision to keep casinos closed”

Rank CEO John O'Reilly UK Casino lockdown
John O’Reilly, CEO of Rank Group - which owns the Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo brands - criticised the British government’s “baffling” u-turn on allowing casinos to reopen at the start of July, and called for a review of the decision to keep casinos closed.

Casinos hardest hit in COVID-19 shutdown

People Covid-19 Lorien Pilling GBGC Casino
Lorien Pilling, director of Global Betting and Gaming Consultants, discusses some of the conclusions from the latest edition of the company’s Global Gambling Report which suggests the international landbased casino industry could take several years to recover from the business impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Moving forward: Lessons learned for the lottery sector

Spinola Gaming Lottery post Covid-19
Spinola Gaming CEO Ade Repcenko takes a look at the realities that Covid-19 made businesses face over the past few months, what the ‘new normal’ looks like for the lottery sector, and lessons learned that can help businesses prepare for what might be a second wave in the coming months.

Adapting to the new normal: “The list of considerations was long and varied”

Following the re-opening of Louisiana’s casinos this May, Scott Sirois, general manager at Coushatta Casino Resort, discusses how his property addressed some of the challenges currently facing the gaming and hospitality industry, such as how best to facilitate social distancing.

US casino reopening regains momentum

US casinos reopening tribal]
While gaming venues in Nevada reopened on 4 June, commercial and tribal casinos across the US had already begun to resume operations during the previous month.

Nevada re-opens casinos

Nevada casinos re-open
Following a 78-day shutdown, the Silver State’s casinos were once again able to open their doors at the start of June. Commentators suggest that visitation will initially be led by the local market and motorists from neighbouring states.

Sheldon Adelson: ‘I have never seen anything like it in over seventy years in business’

US Gaming Las Vegas Sands financial
The first major US gaming operator to report its Q1 results, Las Vegas Sands experienced a net loss of $51m for the quarter. Nevertheless, despite the uncertain economic panorama due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company’s management remains confident, highlighting the possibility of an Asia-led recovery and teasing M&A plans.

SuzoHapp provides 6,000 surgical masks for MPAC Healthcare

SuzoHapp PPE surgical masks
In the US, SuzoHapp has donated 6,000 surgical masks to primary care and mental health services provider MPAC Healthcare

Gaming manufacturers donate essential protective equipment to Spanish health services

gaming manufacturers spain donate ppe
In Spain, gaming manufacturers are supporting their local communities by donating much needed protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Operators will need to assure visitors that their gaming and resort environments are safe”

Cambodia Casino operators
Andrew Klebanow, principal of Klebanow Consulting, discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Cambodia’s casino industry, maps out a potential path for reopening and looks at some of the measures operators could take to attract visitation once they resume operations.

Africa on lockdown: A tipping point for online gaming

frica lockdown tipping point for online gaming gambling
With casinos and bookmakers closing across the continent, Africa is following a familiar trend across the industry as player’s turn from social gambling to social distancing, where online is the only way to play.

Atlantis MD: It’s “difficult to predict when we will be able to re-open”

Bahamas Atlantis paradise island Casino
Audrey Oswell, the Paradise Island resort’s president and MD, said that it is difficult to forecast precisely when the pandemic will end. Speaking in mid-April, she added that the resort was committed to paying its 8,000 employees 50 percent of their base salaries for the next 60 days.

Sin City prepares to put safety over style

Sin City Las Vegas lockdown reopening health and safety
Once lockdown is lifted Las Vegas may look a little different, with operators up and down the strip preparing for an overhaul of health and safety measures in light of the global pandemic and increased expectations from customers

Gauselmann Group prepares for an end to lockdown

Paul Gauselmann - Gauselmann Group lockdown reopening
Despite the business impact of the coronavirus crisis which has required the Gauselmann Group to temporarily suspend its gaming operations, the company has taken steps to safeguard jobs and says it is optimistic that arcades and casinos in Germany will be able to reopen soon.

Strong VIP drives 15 percent GGR growth at NagaWorld in Q1

NagaCorp gaming revenues
NagaWorld’s gross gaming revenue rose 15 percent year-on-year to $368.9m for the first three months of 2020, thanks to strong growth in the VIP segment.

Las Vegas operators plan for reopening

Las Vegas strip
While debate continues over exactly when Nevada’s casino resorts will be able to open their doors once again, in the meantime, a number of major operators including Wynn, Sands, MGM and Caesars are in the process of putting in place new operating procedures and setting out social distancing measures.

Peru’s casinos slated to reopen in August

Peru Tourism coronavirus reopening slated
The president of Peru’s National Chamber of Tourism, Carlos Canales Anchorena, has stated that the country’s casinos will not reopen until August.

Euromat Webinar attracts key thought leaders and opinion formers

Euromat webinar
'Getting ready for re-opening during Covid-19’ is the title of Euromat’s free to participate webinar taking place on Tuesday 12 May 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (BST).

Anti-Coronavirus measures close Casino du Liban

Casino Du Liban Lebanon
Lebanon’s Casino du Liban has temporarily closed its doors, following the decision by the country’s Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafés, NightClubs, and Amusements to shutter all venues in response to the Covid-19 outbreak

Silver Heritage net loss rises due to Tiger Palace impairment charge

Silver Heritage Group financial results
ASX-listed Silver Heritage Group reported its full-year net loss attributable to shareholders rose by 215.4 percent from the prior year, mainly due to an impairment charge to with the company’s Nepal operations.

Scientific Games responds to COVID-19 crisis

Barry Cottle Scientific Games
Scientific Games has established a Hardship Relief Fund for employees and their immediate families financially impacted by the coronavirus crisis, while the company’s CEO Barry Cottle has volunteered a 100 percent reduction in pay.

Hornbuckle takes the MGM helm as Murren heads Covid-19 taskforce

MGM Resorts Las Vegas
Stepping down from his role of MGM CEO months earlier than expected, Jim Murren will lead Nevada’s battle against COVID-19 as COO Bill Hornbuckle accepts a promotion to acting CEO and president to give

Africa locked down from Cape Angela to Cape Agulhas

Africa lockdown
With Sun International and Tsogo Sun both shutdown in South Africa, and sportsbetting in the eastern part of the continent decimated by a lack of events, not an inch of Africa’s gaming industry will survive the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak unscathed.

Casinos in Metro Manila closed until mid-April

Philippines Metro Manila Covid-19 shutdown
The Philippine authorities have placed Metro Manila under quarantine until April 14, while all gaming operations in the capital region have been suspended.

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