Tag: 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

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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

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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

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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...

Zimbabwe tourism back with a bang

Zimbabwe, tourism, Hospitality, africa, environment
The Zimbabwe tourism market is expected to go from strength to strength in the coming year as the nation continues to re-establish itself as an attractive visitor destination. The national government is reportedly confident that earnings from the tourism market will at least double in 2019 after last year counting the highest number of international arrivals in 19 years. Environment, Tourism...

Jamaican government aims to see first IR open by 2020

Jamaica, government, Sandals Montego Bay, tourism
The Jamaican government has affirmed that it aims to have the country’s first integrated resort casino open by the start of 2020. During a speech at at a business seminar at the Sandals Montego Bay resort on 7 December, Jamaica’s minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, confirmed that the island’s first major casino operation - which he did not identify by...

Academic suggests casinos could resolve Taiwan’s tourism deficit

Academic, casino, Taiwan, tourism
An academic in Taiwan has called on the government to reconsider its policy on gambling in the face of new figures indicating that the tourism deficit topped TWD300bn ($9.7bn) for the first time in 2017. A report published by the national Tourism Bureau at the beginning of October showed that the country’s tourism deficit has continued to grow each year...

International Consultant Joan Alcorn talks hospitality, leisure and tourism

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During the past 34 years, Joan Alcorn has built a successful career as a business leading Hospitality, Casino & Leisure Marketing and Electronic gaming specialist. She has successfully developed & initiated major customer loyalty, acquisition and

GLI renews contract with Puerto Rico Tourism Company

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GLI has renewed its annual contract with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) for a wide range of professional services, including on-site inspections of gaming equipment and professional consultation pertaining to new technology, policy and legislation development, rule writing, field issues, player disputes, and forensic examinations. “The Gaming Division of the PR Tourism Company has contracted GLI’s services for the...

Macau legislator proposes using face recognition technology to reduce crime

Casino Review Macau legislator Leong Sun Iok
Macau legislator Leong Sun Iok has proposed using face recognition technology to help improve security at local casino floors and hotels. In a written request to the government on 7 September, Leong noted that robberies in casinos had risen 50 percent year-on-year in the first six months of 2018, according to figures supplied by the Office of the Secretary for...

US firms in pole position for Canadian casino capture

Niagra Falls
The operational licences for two casino properties in Niagara falls are set to be sold to a company from the United States after all the Canadian firms involved in the bidding process dropped out. The Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara are two of the most visited leisure locales in the tourist hotspot and will be leased to the successful...

Optimism and uncertainty around Zimbabwe tourism future

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has a democratically elected president in Emmerson Mnangagwa following the rejection of an opposition appeal to annul the vote by the nation’s high court and now the nation can look to the future, albeit it with scepticism as much as optimism. The restoration of both visitor and investor confidence in the nation are of paramount importance to Mnangagwa and...

Zimbabwe targets record breaking year for hospitality

Harare, Zimbabwe
The first quarter of 2018 saw Zimbabwe record a 15 percent increase in tourism arrivals and a 20 percent rise in receipts compared to the same period last year. Such results are a positive indication of changing perceptions surrounding the country in the new post-Mugabe era. Statistics from the national Fiscal Policy and Advisory Services Department showed that there were...

World bank puts $40m into Ghana tourism

Ghana Accra
The World Bank has approved an International Development Association credit worth $40m for the Ghana Tourism Development Project. The west African nation is fast becoming one of the most attractive prospects in the region, both for outside investment and commercial tourism. Central government has undertaken a raft of measures designed to legitimise business practices in the nation, from bank stability...

Cape Town hospitality shows resilience in face of drought

Cape Town
A new report has revealed that the touted water crisis in Cape Town didn’t prove to be as detrimental to leisure and hospitality performances as had been feared. A study by Price Waterhouse Cooper, collated from industry analyst finding has suggested that a range of measures brought in by local operators muted what was expected in some quarters to be...

Kenyan parliament blocks tax reprieve proposals

Casino Review
The Kenyan Government has refused to bow to pressure from casino, sports betting and tourism leaders and declined a review of its calamitous gaming tax framework. It would seem that the voice of reason has not yet reached the Kenyan parliament as MPs have blocked the wholesale reviews of its gaming taxation framework, despite widespread protestations about the negative impact...

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