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Zimbabwe tourism back with a bang

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Africa comment: Tax will make fools of us all

Kenya Parliament
In what for now ends one of the more frustrating will-they-won’t-they scenarios in Africa, the members of the Kenyan parliament have ratified a decision to financially maim its casino market and expect it to keep working. The powers that be have decided that the best way to support the underperforming sector is to uphold a 35 percent revenue tax and...

Goa’s chief minister rules out establishing gaming regulator

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While plans to establish a regulator for Goa’s casino industry were first announced six years ago, the state’s chief minister Manohar Parrikar stated that there were already “enough provisions to impose restrictions” on the gaming industry this July. More than a year after Goa’s Legislative Assembly announced plans to shift the state’s six offshore casinos to “a land-based designated entertainment...

African tourism grows six percent

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Africa saw a six percent increase in tourism arrivals in the first quarter of 2018 according to recently released figures from the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Building upon impressive figures for H2 2017 Sub-Saharan nations saw a six percent rise, North Africa recorded growth of four percent and overall six per- cent more international visitors were welcomed throughout the continent...

New bill could allow Puerto Rico’s casinos to offer online gaming

Puerto-Rico
The Commission for Tourism and Social Welfare is analysing a new measure which would allow Puerto Rico’s casinos to offer online gaming. Presented by the head of the Commission, representative Néstor Alonso Vega, the new bill, Proyecto de la Cámara 1696, would amend the territory’s existing gambling law. Online gaming would be regulated by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (CTPR),...

Novomatic wins WKO Export Prize

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Novomatic has been awarded the Austrian Export Prize, emerging as a winner in the Tourism and Leisure Industry category. Every year since 1994, the prize is presented to the Austrian companies which have seen the greatest success in foreign markets. The Gumpoldskirchen-based company received the award from federal minister Margarete Schramböck and WKO president Harald Mahrer at a Black Tie Gala...

Philippines benefits from Chinese tourism growth, but…

Manilla, Philippines
Chinese tourism to the Philippines continues to grow but analysts suggest that, for the moment, the country should maintain a moratorium on issuing any further casino licences to avoid oversaturation. The Philippines is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Chinese gamblers, as tourism has been further boosted by a streamlined visa process. However analysts suggest that the country’s casino resort industry...

Clouds on horizon for US casinos amid brewing trade war

Las Vegas clouds US casino trade war
With China on track to become the third largest overseas visitor market for the US by 2020, the gaming industry could feel the repercussions of president Donald Trump’s push to enact tariffs on a range of Chinese goods...

Novomatic wins WKO Export Prize

Novomatic Export Award
  For the 24th time, the annual Austrian Export Prize was awarded to the country’s most successful export companies at Exporters’ Nite 2018. One of the winners: Novomatic in the Tourism and Leisure Industry category. Every year since 1994, the Austrian Export Prize is awarded to Austrian companies with the most success in foreign markets. This year, Novomatic applied for the...

Baha Mar drives tourism growth as Rosewood hotel opens

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The launch of a Rosewood-branded hotel in late May has completed the $4.2bn Baha Mar integrated resort’s phased opening. The resort now operates a total of 2,300 rooms, suites and villas, in addition to the largest casino in the region and other amenities. The 237-room Rosewood Baha Mar is the third hotel to open at the resort, joining The Grand Hyatt...

Nigeria is an untapped goldmine

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Nigeria represents an untapped goldmine for visitor spend according to regional tourism experts and with the sector contributing more than one third of national GDP concentrated investment could provide huge dividends. Described by Lonely Planet as a pulsating powerhouse, and by regional experts as an economic cash cow, the West African nation is working diligently to ensure that this recent...

New bill could allow Puerto Rico’s casinos to offer online gaming

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The director of Puerto Rico's gaming regulator, Jaime Alex Irizarry, has lent his backing to a new proposal to allow the territory's casinos to run online gaming operations. The Commission for Tourism and Social Welfare is analysing a new measure which would allow Puerto Rico's casinos to offer online gaming. Presented by the head of the Commission, representative Néstor Alonso Vega,...

Tourist arrivals to Macau up 8% over April

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Information released by the Statistics and Census Service(DSEC) of Macau have shown the number of visitors travelling to the city in April increased 8 percent year-on-year, affected mainly by an increase in Chinese tourists travelling from the mainland. Travellers from mainland China rose 16.5% year-on-year to 21m in April. According to the data, most travellers came form the Guangdong and...

Ghana’s latest government aims to establish country Africa’s premier destination

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Whilst the Accra Marien Drive development may be a long way off, the revitalisation of the project earlier this year stands as testament to the unignorable progress being made in the West African nation of Ghana. Due to the current size of the market South Africa is not likely to be superseded at the top of the continent’s casino pantheon...

Government aims to introduce casino regulation ‘without delay’

Bermuda
Bermuda’s minister of tourism, Jamahl Simmons, has confirmed that his department aims to introduce regulations for casino gambling as soon as possible, while blaming former Gaming Commission members for delays in the process. While Bermuda’s tourism minister has stated that his department is committed to fast-tracking regulations for casino gambling, former executives of the country’s regulator have raised concerns regarding...

Kenya relaxes visa restrictions amid tourism boom

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Kenya has joined 21 other African countries in lessening visa restrictions for those travelling within the continent as part of a concentrated effort to boost tourism.   After taking the oath of office for his second term, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has moved to increase collaboration with other nations on the continent as tourism continues to grow in prominence as a...

New Granadan casino licence up for grabs

Granada
Andalusia’s regional government has begun a licence tender to operate a casino in the province of Granada, which it claims could support the local tourist industry and generate 200 jobs. The details of the public tender for a licence to operate a new casino in Granada have been published in the Regional Government of Andalusia’s Official Bulletin. Signed by both the...

Green light for Isle of Man’s casino amendment bill

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The crown dependency is inching closer to legislation reforms that could spearhead future growth within its casino sector. Legislation to amend existing casino regulations on the Isle of Man has been green-lit by the lower house of the island’s parliament. The proposed Casino Amendment Bill would not only allow brick-and-mortar gambling venues to relocate, but would also permit one license-holder to...

Cape Verde casino industry set to contribute to tourism growth

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Tourism is set to become the major vehicle for economic development in Cape Verde, with the Portuguese speaking archipelago receiving 650,000 holidaymakers by the end of 2016, virgin territory for the country’s burgeoning casino resort industry suggests government consultant António Alegria.   While it remains a relatively young market, Cape Verde’s regulated industry is beginning to pick up pace twelve years...

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