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September 22, 2020

Local casinos raked in us$ 33.5 billion in 2011

Macau: Gaming liberalisation a success, says regulator

(Macau).- The casino industry boom following the sector’s liberalisation in 2002 has meant new challenges for the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ). In a 27-page special published in this month’s issue of Macau Business, DICJ head Manuel Joaquim das Neves says the regulator was able to cope with the change, despite the criticism from overseas.

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eves says he makes a “positive” assessment of the impact the casino liberalisation has had on Macau. “The entry of new players has brought huge amounts of investment, better offerings and non-gaming diversification.”

“Any of the six gaming operators has contributed significantly for the industry’s development.” Also because of that, it is expected that all six will have their licences extended when the right time comes, according to Neves. He says the regulator and the government are already looking at the licence renewal process and admits it will be hard for new operators to enter the market any time soon.

Neves says he expects the Macau casino industry to post a gross gaming revenue growth of between 20 and 30 percent this year. Local casinos raked in us$ 33.5 billion in 2011.

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