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Macau gaming experts educating Japan stakeholders

Written by Ben Blaschke

Two integrated resort experts from the University of Macau have completed a whirlwind three-day trip to Kyushi to provide their insights into IR development issues with Japanese tourism authorities, business leaders, media and academia.

Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, Professor Jacky So, and Associate Professor in International Integrated Resort Management, Glenn McCartney, were invited to Japan to discuss a range of key issues as the country edges ever closer to building its first integrated resort. It follows the passing of a bill approving the establishment of integrated resorts through Japan’s Upper House in December.

The trip included a final day forum to 100 guests in which Professor So and Professor McCartney used their experience of IR development in Macau to explain the impacts and various issues on public policy. Addressing concerns on problem gambling, Professor So discussed various methods to help negate the issue in the community, using Macau, Singapore and Korea as case studies.

Professor McCartney also gave a presentation on tourism development scenarios and various issues of public policy from taxation, due diligence, locals gambling and smoking inside casinos. It included a discussion on Japan’s present day destination competitiveness and strengths and weaknesses, plus a look at the various international gaming companies to have expressed interest in obtaining a Japanese gaming license and whose presence would be a significant catalyst for tourism development and economic stimulus.