Friday, March 31, 2023

Tag: Tourism

Puerto Rico Gaming Commission to grant three new casino licences

Puerto Rico Gaming Commission to grant three new casino licences
Puerto Rico is set to welcome three new casino concessions in 2022. The new casinos will be located in San Juan, Dorado, and Ponce, according to the Puerto Rico Gaming Commission.

Jamaica welcomes “tangible” tourism gains

Jamaica welcomes tangible tourism gains
The government estimates visitor arrivals will reach 4.5 million by the end of 2024, while the country is in the process of seeking new integrated resort developments.

We are sailing: Cruise lines return to Puerto Rico

Cruise lines return to Puerto Rico
Forming part of the broader relaunch of the Caribbean cruising industry, Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Gem arrived in San Juan at the start of September.

The Russians are coming: Egypt welcomes resumption of direct flights

Egypt flights Russains are coming Tourism
Egypt has welcomed the resumption of direct flights from Russia to Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, which its estimated could generate at least $2bn a year in additional tourism revenue.

Slot machine regulation on hold following court ruling

Puerto Rico slot machine regulation
Puerto Rico’s plans to tax slot machines have been put on hold following a decision by the San Juan’s Court of First Instance

Egypt expects visitors from Eastern Europe and Middle East to lead tourism revival

Egypt tourism boost revival plans
With the country having reported two million arrivals in the first five months of 2021, the government is optimistic that Egypt’s tourism recovery will be led by visitors from Eastern Europe and Middle East.

Puerto Rico’s regulator looks to boost gaming tourism

Puerto Rico Gaming tourism
The executive director of Puerto Rico’s Gaming Commission, Orlando Rivera Carrión, has proposed that casinos could play a more significant role in bringing tourism to the Commonwealth.

Princess Hotels Green Island resort receives green light

Princess Hotels Green Island resort green light
Princess Hotels and Resorts has received planning approval for its $500m, five-star Grand Luxury Princess Hotels and Resorts project in Green Island. The Hanover Municipal Corporation approved the Spanish hotel chain’s building application at its monthly meeting in April.

Resorts World Manila operator hit by travel restrictions and capacity limitations in Q1

Resorts World Manila Q1 financials
Resorts World Manila operator Travellers International Hotel Group saw a loss of PHP1.1bn ($23m) in Q1.

Genting Singapore continues to be impacted by lack of international visitation

Genting Singapore revenue
The operator of Resorts World Sentosa acknowledged that international visitor arrivals to Singapore “will be unlikely to return in the near term”.

Genting CEO: Outlook for global tourism and hospitality industry “remains highly uncertain”

Genting tourism hospitality remains highly uncertain
Following a tough 2020, Genting’s chairman and CEO Lim Kok Thay highlighted the opening of Genting SkyWorlds in Malaysia later this year, together with the firm’s investment in an expansion to its Singapore property Resorts World Sentosa. Nevertheless he warned that the company will continue to face “significant challenges” in 2021.

South African Tourism: International visitation likely to resume in 2022

South African tourism
Delayed global vaccination rollouts and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding new COVID-19 variants mean international tourism is unlikely to rebound until 2022, according to a report by South African Tourism.

Royal Caribbean and Crystal Cruises launch Bahamas itineraries

Royal Caribbean and Crystal Cruises launch Bahamas itineraries
Royal Caribbean will debut seven-night cruises on Adventure of the Seas departing from Nassau in June, while Genting Hong Kong subsidiary Crystal Cruises will offer 16 itineraries sailing from Nassau or Bimini on Crystal Serenity from July.

The economy in 2021: the boom is coming

GBGC Hospitality Economy Boom Gambling demand
While a full recovery from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic will take time, Warwick Bartlett, director of Global Betting and Gaming Consultants, suggests there is significant pent-up demand for gambling, with casino resorts likely to be among the key beneficiaries as holiday-starved tourists begin travelling again.

When will Macau see green shoots return?

When will Macau see green shoots
Macau GGR looked to be picking up in September, as IVS visas resumed for designated cities across China, nevertheless, with a number of factors in play, it’s still difficult to chart a possible recovery, analysts suggest.

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.

Uruguay’s government considers Atlántida casino resort proposal

Uruguay Atlantida casino resort proposal
A proposal that would see the creation of a new casino resort in the seaside town of Atlántida in Canelones Department is gaining momentum, having secured the backing of senior government officials.

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.

Hilton debuts Carry On Puerto Rico marketing campaign

Hilton debuts Puerto Rico campaign
Hilton has launched a new marking campaign aiming to boost tourism to its Puerto Rican properties. “Carry On Puerto Rico,” features actress Rosario Dawson.

Ballantyne: City of Dreams Mediterranean will help level out seasonality in Cyprus tourism industry

Ballantyne city of dreams Cyprus
The senior executive in charge of Melco Resorts and Entertainment Cyprus casino operations has suggested that the company’s new IR - due to open in 2021..

Dominican government moves to address drop-off in visitation

Francisco Javier Garcia Dominican Republic Minister of Tourism
Overseas tourism to the Dominican Republic has taken a hit this year following a rash of negative reports in the media, leading the government to undertake

South Africa pushes Nigerian tourism and entertainment deal

South Africa Tourism
The South African government has renewed calls for an economic partnership with the Nigerian state of Lagos, following an earlier attempt to sign a..

Rio de Janeiro’s leading politicians continue campaign for an IR

Rio de Janeiro campaign integrated resort
While the mayor and governor of Rio de Janeiro continue to push for an integrated resort, pro-gaming senator Ciro Nogueira has met with Economy Minister..

Could Goa be on the final stretch towards introducing new casino legislation?

Goa Casino Legislation
Goa’s chief minister Pramod Sawant has confirmed that the state’s new casino policy and Gaming Commission are in the final stages of consideration.

Las Vegas airport can take 10m more visitors, officials say

las vegas airport
The Las Vegas McCarran International Airport is capable of dealing with 10m more visitors per year, according to aviation officials. The primary Las Vegas airport, McCarran International has the ability to welcome an additional 10m passengers per year to the city - should infrastructure be ready for it. Rosemary Vassiliadis, director of the Clark County Department of Aviation made the claim...

Naga bets big on Chinese tourists

Nagaworld casino Cambodia Chinese Tourist
NagaCorp’s plans for the $3.5bn third phase to its NagaWorld casino complex in Phnom Penh “are its most ambitious yet” explains Warwick Bartlett, CEO of..

Casinos on the cards for Barbados?

Barbados coastline
The leader of the Barbados' main opposition party, Bishop Joseph Atherley, contends that the government is planing to legalise casinos in the island nation

Chamber of Deputies’ Tourism Commission gets behind casino gambling

Newton Cardoso Jr Brazil tourism
The president of the Tourism Commission, deputy Newton Cardoso Jr, stated that the legalisation of casinos separately from other gaming modalities would generate additional revenue, create jobs, and promote investment in the country.   During a recent debate, the Chamber of Deputies’ Tourism Commission lent its support to the legalisation of casinos in the country, which it suggested would contribute to...

Greater Bay Area plan looks set to further drive Macau visitation

Beijing’s Greater Bay Area plan will help generate additional visitation to Macau, experts suggest. However, at the same time, they caution that Macau..

Cyprus government believes Melco casinos will drive tourism

Cyprus flag
Deputy minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios has affirmed that Cyprus’ government considers Melco International Development an important partner in further developing visitation into the country. Perdios met Melco International chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho in late January at Cyprus Casinos’ C2 Nicosia. “We consider Melco an important contributor to Cyprus’ tourism in establishing the island as a popular and must-visit destination,” he...