Integrated Resort

Research Brief: Japan Post-Election IR Bill Update

The Japanese snap election for the lower house has concluded. The Liberal Democrat Party (LDP) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came out on top after a very calculated risk. The LDP
has a majority win in the House of Representatives and, in partnership with the Komeito, now have a two-thirds super majority. This will allow the ruling parties to push their agenda forward,
focusing on several key items including the reallocation of taxes, childcare, preschool education, and the initiation of constitutional revisions. This is in addition to dealing with the labor crunch and the low birthrate that affect Japan’s economy.

In addition and most importantly to the gaming and hospitality industry, it allows for the continued development of Integrated Resorts through the expected passage of the IR Implementation Bill after the passage of the Responsible Gaming Bill in the coming months to a year. IRs will infuse capital projects into the country while serving as a driver to help meet Japan’s
goal of tourism growth.

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Pampering, Purchasing, and Partying: More opportunity for increased revenue

Providing customers with experiences that exceed their expectations significantly improves the operator’s ability to attract and retain customers.

These experiences can be created in a casino resort environment in spa, retail, nightlife and entertainment in both destination and regional gaming markets. Customers who provide feedback
tend to be inclined to offer both positive and constructive feedback that focuses much on their non-gaming experiences.

Incorporating non-gaming amenities as a complement to the gaming experience provides customers a more complete and hospitality-driven visit. These concepts are not new. Carefully planned and well-executed non-gaming amenities provide operators with significant opportunities to increase revenue, profit, and ultimately, customer loyalty.

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Expanding Hospitality

In this, our second in a series of discussions about the role of non-gaming amenities in both destination and regional gaming markets, we focus on the extraordinary and ongoing evolution of hotels, and how to assess, strategize and implement change.

The “lens” we use is comprised of five attributes that, when integrated, provide operators with a framework to create a comprehensive strategy for developing a new hotel or rebranding and refurbishing an existing one: the strategic assessment lens. This approach has helped several operators create new development and rebranding strategies for successful restaurants, bars, nightlife, entertainment and retail venues, casinos and hotels.

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The 5 Ps of F&B Success

In today’s business environment, casino operators must find ways to enhance and maximize the appeal and gross operating income of their food and beverage venues. An effective food and beverage strategy should not only attract and retain gamers, but generate profit through proper pricing and planning.

Las Vegas Strip operators have clearly demonstrated how profit can be gleaned from F&B operations. Bars and restaurants today are a significant generator of EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for many Vegas resorts. Outside Vegas, many operators have discovered how well-run restaurants and bars with quality food offerings can benefit the bottom line.

While regional casinos differ substantially from those on the Strip, they can apply the same practices to turn a profit from dining.

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White Paper: Japan Integrated Resorts Executive Summary

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

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: 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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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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