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Japan – Japan’s new Prime Minister gives his support to casino initiative

Fumio Kishida, Japan’s new Prime Minister, has spoken out for the first time about casinos in Japan saying they are a vital step in transforming tourism in the country. Responding to questions from Kiyomi Tsujimoto, Deputy Representative of the Constitutional Democratic Party, on the viability of Integrated Resorts casinos, he said: “It is an important…

France – Mayor of Saint-Jean d’Angely goes all in on casino spa project

A casino in the French town of Saint-Jean d’Angely is nothing new with potential projects being discussed for the last 15 years, however, momentum is building again with Mayor Françoise Mesnard (PS) officially reactivating plans from 2007. At that time the small town of 7,500 inhabitants of Charente-Maritime was waiting to be recognised as a…

US – North American casinos driving the recovery with greater share of leisure spend

Deutsche Bank analyst Carlo Santarelli has said that North American casinos and other forms of gambling are leading the recovery from the pandemic with gaming now outpacing the revenues earned in 2019, when $109bn was spent in casinos and $142bn on wider betting channels. Since March of this year, gaming has beaten its 2019 rate…

Japan – Former government official sentenced to four years in 500.com bribery case

The Tokyo District Court has handed out a four year prison sentence to Tsukasa Akimoto a former vice-minister in charge of tourism and casino promotions, for taking bribes from Chinese gambling company 500.com. Mr. Akimoto was found guilty of accepting Y7.6m ($69,200) in bribes and gifts from 500.com as it looked for a share of…

US – Chicago forced into extending deadline for casino applications

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot confirmed that the City of Chicago has extended the deadline to respond to the casino Request for Proposal (RFP) to Friday, October 29. This extension gives potential bidders more time to fully assess the Chicago casino opportunity; conduct additional due diligence; assemble more competitive bid packages; and explore financing opportunities. “This…

Portugal – All Portuguese casinos now cleared to reopen

The Portuguese casino sector has now reopened completely with casinos in areas deemed ‘high-risk’ such as Lisbon and Porto also opening their doors. Players have to show a vaccination certificate or negative Covid-19 test to enter. An order published by the Minister of Economy said: “The establishments offering games of chance, casinos, bingo halls or…

US – Virginia Lottery Board signs off on casino gaming regulations

Casino gaming in Virginia moved forward one more step today with approval by the Virginia Lottery Board of proposed permanent casino gaming regulations. The regulations build upon initial emergency casino regulations previously approved by the Board on February 3. The proposed permanent regulations now go to the Governor for approval, after which there will be…

UK – Scotland’s move to impose midnight casino curfew slammed as ‘bizarre’

In an unexpected development, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the move as she confirmed Scotland was moving to Level 0 Covid restrictions from July 19. Under the new regime, all of Scotland’s hospitality venues – including casinos – must close their doors at midnight. The move is particularly devastating for casinos, which do more…

Switzerland – Switzerland’s casino sector sees revenues slide 39 per cent due to lockdown

Switzerland’s land-based gaming sector was hit with full force by the pandemic during the lockdown phases due to the closure of the casinos, with GGR down by 39 per cent or CHF250m to CHF452m. This decrease in earnings resulted in a decrease in the amount of the casino tax paid by the casinos. In 2020,…