After a particularly tough 12 months, 2016 promises to provide some much needed relief for Macau with gaming revenues expected to stabilize and four new integrated resorts set to open their doors.
Among them is MGM Cotai, which will become the second Macau property for MGM Resorts when it welcomes its first customers towards the end of the year. Not a lot has been revealed about MGM Cotai to this point, so WGM sat down with the man in charge – MGM China Holdings Ltd CEO Grant Bowie – to find out a bit more.
In a wide ranging interview, Bowie also gives his intriguing take on the recent gaming slump and the need for greater collaboration between Macau’s concessionaires in the future.
Read all about it on page 20.
Speaking of new properties, Studio City opened for business in late October and as always WGM was on hand for all the celebrations. This issue we take you on a guided tour of this glitzy resort and run the rule over its wide range of features.
In sport, we delve into the closely linked corruption and doping scandals currently rocking football’s governing body FIFA and the world of athletics – detailing an astonishing record of cheating and betrayal that defies belief. It’s not to be missed.
And when it comes to must-reads, football fans will enjoy our feature on new Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp. Having already made a big impact since taking over at Anfield mid-season, WGM’s resident football expert Leanne Lu provides some excellent insight into Klopp’s famed gegenpressing style of football and how it can help the Reds become a premiership force again.
Back in Macau, we venture off the beaten track to a world largely forgotten these days via Macau’s oldest three streets, while The Stallion makes his way to Old Taipa Village where the recently opened PREM1ER Bar & Lounge offers something a bit special.
As always, follow the dragon,
Andrew W Scott, CEO
Ben Blaschke, Managing Editor