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White Paper: Japan Integrated Resorts

The next emerging integrated resort market is on the horizon in Japan. After years of debate, Japan is in the process of developing legislation to create the regulatory and market structure for integrated resorts (“IR”). While the debate still has several issues to work through, Japan has the potential to be one of the largest gaming markets in the world with a revenue potential of $24.2 billion, assuming fully developed IRs are introduced in six regions. Global Market Advisors (“GMA”) completed a detailed analysis that examined the current gaming market, the prospective legislation, components of the RFP process, potential sites, definition of an integrated resort, and the full market potential.

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White Paper: Japan Integrated Resorts (in Japanese)

統合型リゾート市場が次に新たに出現する兆しが日本でも見られる。数年の議論を経て、日本は統合型リゾート(「IR」)についての規制構造および市場構造を作り出すための立法を開発する過程にある。この議論にはまだ解決すべき複数の問題がある一方で、完全に開発されたIRが6つの地域で導入されたと仮定すれば、日本は242億ドルの潜在的収益を見込む世界で最大のゲーミング市場の1つになる可能性がある。グローバル・マーケット・アドバイザーズ(「GMA」)は、現在のゲーミング市場、将来の立法、RFP(事業提案公募)過程の構成要素、潜在的用地、統合型リゾートの定義および総合的な市場可能性を考察した詳細な分析を完了した。

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Regulatory uncertainty continues to cloud prospects

In late February, gaming industry stakeholders converged in Goa at one of India’s first gaming specific conferences: Sports Betting & Gaming India (SBGI). The event, led by Eventus International at the Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, was well attended considering the gaming market is largely in its infancy.

Over 150 attendees discussed several India-specific topics, including the market’s value and potential from an online, lottery, sports betting, and land-based perspective, as well as the regulatory and legislative hurdles involved to expand the market. These types of events have become a necessary first step for stakeholders to understand an emerging market’s value and provide guidelines on how to participate.

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Research Brief: The 2016 US Election

The United States’ Election Day is upon us and by this time tomorrow the U.S. will know who has won one of the most divisive races in the nation’s history. As world awaits the results of the election, GMA has provided the following snapshot of some key items the gaming and hospitality industry should watch for as the evening unfolds.

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Research Brief: Gaming in India

Since the release of Global Market Advisor’s (“GMA”) white paper entitled “Gaming-In-India-White-Paper” in April 2016, India’s gaming market has evolved with a new gaming license issued in Goa and the potential legalization of gaming in India’s second largest populated state: Maharashtra. In this research brief, GMA quantifies the value of the potential gaming market in Maharashtra and includes an updated review of the gaming market in Goa.

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History and Current Status of Gaming in Taiwan: A White Paper

Taiwan has long been a venue of interest among foreign casino investors, originally because of the importance of Taiwan as a source of customers and more recently because of the potential to reach Chinese customers through the ever-increasing transportation and tourism links between Taiwan and China. The effort to bring casino gaming to Taiwan, however, has been a journey of stops and starts over the past 25-plus years, though there has been fairly steady progress since 2009.

In 2009, the Taiwanese island of Penghu held a public referendum on the establishment of casino-based tourist zones. The referendum was the culmination of nearly twenty years of advocacy on the part of politicians, gaming companies, university professors and professional advisors. The referendum failed. However, in 2012, Matsu held a referendum that passed. While the success of Matsu’s referendum was supposed to politically incentivize the Taiwanese government to pass gaming legislation regulating casino operations, and the government did retain a law firm to draft the Tourism Casino Administration Act (the “Act”), the Act has been stalled in Taiwan’s legislature since 2013.

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Asia’s Sleeping Tiger

Since the emergence of Macau and Singapore as two of the world’s largest gaming markets, casino developers have looked at other jurisdictions within Asia for the next great opportunity. Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, the Primorye region of Eastern Russia, the Philippines and Cambodia have all generated varying amounts of interest from international casino developers. Japan, with its large and prosperous population, now appears to be out of play, at least for the foreseeable future.

The remaining countries’ nascent casino industries are all highly dependent on gamers from China and, as has been clearly demonstrated over the past two years, gaming revenue from Chinese. As such, the next great Asian casino development opportunity remains elusive.

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Gaming in India: An Evaluation of the Market’s Potential

Although Macau’s gaming market is struggling, its reliance on the Chinese gamer still allows it to dominate the global gaming landscape and maintain its role as the largest gaming market in the world. As a result, the global gaming industry remains transfixed by the potential value of the Chinese gaming market. Not surprisingly, gaming destinations throughout the Asia Pacific region, including Singapore, Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam and South Korea, have opened hoping to capitalize on the market’s potential. Some gaming operators have attempted to target other possible valuable demand segments in Asia like the Japanese. With these large sources of demand capturing the attention of the gaming industry, many gaming operators and markets have yet to fully explore other alternative sources of Asian based gaming demand.

So far, few gaming operators have considered China’s democratic and capitalistic neighbor, India, as a potential source of demand. India shares many of the same characteristics that make China such an attractive source of gaming demand. India also has a large, prosperous economy, an enormous population, and favorable consumer/gaming habits. On top of that, India is able to offer a stable and less reactionary government and volatile economy.

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Strategies to Grow International Tourism into Las Vegas and Stimulate Economic Activity

Few would argue that sustained growth in air passenger volume into Las Vegas is a critical factor in the health and vibrancy of the Southern Nevada tourism industry. While McCarran International Airport (“LAS”) continues to enjoy steady growth in domestic passenger volume, growth in international traffic has experienced a far higher rate in the last five years, fueled by the opening of the new international terminal and marketing initiatives by the Clark County Department of Aviation. International visitation grew from 14% of total visitor volume in 2009 to 20% in 2013.1 International tourism continues to represent the greatest opportunity for new market growth, particularly visitors from Asian countries.

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Urban Alliances: The unique challenges of building casinos in a city

Casinos located in cities have long had an uneasy alliance with their host communities.

Local municipalities have enjoyed the tax revenues and jobs that casinos brought and civic leaders have recognized the charitable contributions casino leadership have made to their communities, as well as their greater economic contributions. Yet, cities have long treated casinos with a certain degree of disdain, relegating them to locations that would be unappealing to any hotel developer.

At the same time, many city governments have showered developers of sports venues, hotels and convention centers with a wealth of benefits including tax abatements, generous land leases, municipal bond funding and sales tax rebates in the hope that those developments would somehow lead to a revitalization of their urban cores.

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