Archive for February, 2015

Japan casino prospects fade despite good cards

February 27, 2015

Reasons for Japan to legalize casinos keeping growing along with the country’s burgeoning debt and quarter century long economic malaise. Yet Japan casino legalization seems less likely than a year ago, international observers say. Supporters in Japan remain optimistic, and a study of potential casino impacts has been commissioned – maybe.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

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Singapore broke molds with casino legalization

February 24, 2015

Five Chinese New Years ago, Singapore’s first casino opened its doors. The city’s two so-called integrated resorts became Asia’s most admired because Singapore dared to do things right.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

World first Planet J theme park landing in Macau

February 18, 2015

Coming soon to Sands Cotai Central: Planet J, a groundbreaking live-action-role-play theme park, combining physical and virtual challenges. It will supplement Macau’s family entertainment menu as the global gaming capital tries broaden its tourist appeal.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Sri Lanka casino tale highlights political risk

February 17, 2015

Investing in developing economies is risky enough. When the project involves an edgy product such as casinos, the hazards multiply. Add in a powerful clergy, and that’s how things went wrong for Australian billionaire James Packer’s Crown Resorts in Sri Lanka.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Macau casino revenue falls again, analysts differ on recovery

February 9, 2015

Casino revenue in Macau declined for an eighth straight month in January. But analysts, who remain bullish on Macau for the long term, disagree on whether it’s time to buy shares.

I’ve had a busy few weeks writing about Macau on Foirbes.com. It was a dismal December for Macau, a record monthly drop capping the first down revenue year since liberalization. As revenue fell, tumbling casino share prices hit Hong Kong’s richest hard. The drivers of high roller revenue, junket promoters are pulling back in Macau to look for greener pastures in Asia and beyond. In the midst of Macau’s dark times, Las Vegas Sands founder, chairman, chief executive and resident visionary Sheldon Adelson becomes Sands China’s CEO, replacing highly respected Edward Tracy, who will retire in March.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Asia casino outlook for 2015: Macau comes back, Japan moves ahead

February 1, 2015

After disappointing the casino business in 2014, Macau and Japan will bounce in 2015.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.


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