Looking back, ahead at Asian gaming

January 9, 2018

Here’s the customary review of my 2017 predictions, and, more important, a look ahead at 2018 in Asian gaming.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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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Enter the Dragon2: Naga addition lifts Cambodia

January 6, 2018

In Phnom Penh, NagaWorld’s Naga2 takes the casino resort and Cambodia to the next level as a regional gaming destination. As forecast a year ago, Southeast Asia has gained traction as a source market and development site for integrated resorts.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

James Packer recovering from humbling year

January 3, 2018

Few billionaires had more humbling 2017 than Australia’s James Packer, controlling shareholder of Crown Resorts. But a scaled down, laser focused Packer and Crown are looking to defend their number position in Australia, rather than conquer the world.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

Islam a mother – and daughter – can love

January 1, 2018

Malaysian activist Marina Mahathir uses the Qur’an to champion women’s rights in the Muslim world. The daughter of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is also at the forefront of efforts to stop Arabization of Islam in Asia, where the vast majority of the world’s Muslims live.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

Bali finds a way without Chinese tourists

January 1, 2018

Mainland China visitors represented one in four international arrivals to Bali through October. But the Mount Agung volcano led to a suspension of Chinese airline flights during the December holiday season. Tourism stakeholders on the Indonesian island are managing to cope, but at a price.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

China travelers to move down market

September 27, 2017

A series of Sanford Bernstein reports shows that the wave of Chinese travelers is rising from below the current super-wealthy level, posing a raft of new challenges. Morgan Stanley research highlights some of those issues are previewing now in Macau.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

VIP revival tests Macau mass hysteria

September 23, 2017

As high rollers return and new rules restrict smaller money movements, longstanding assumptions that Macau and Beijing prefer mass market gambling look more dubious.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

Donaco, Joey Lim ready for big time

September 18, 2017

Under the direction of Joey Lim, first grandson of legendary Genting Group founder Lim Goh Tong, Australia listed Donaco International says it wants to play in Japan’s casino game, building on success with Chinese customers in Vietnam and Thai customers in Cambodia.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

Don’t slam Japan casino decisions unmade

September 16, 2017

As Japan considers casino legalization, Sheldon Adelson warns regulators could prevent “the best kind” of casino resort. Foreigners criticizing details of legislation not yet crafted could mean no casinos at all in Japan or no role in them for difficult gaijin.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

Questions cloud Macau recovery

September 7, 2017

Macau casino revenue rose 20% in August despite typhoons, extending recovery to a second year. But sustainability issues linger as VIPs lead the recovery.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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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