Asia round-up: Macau’s front door creaks ajar, PAGCOR’s conundrum & Konami

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Macau will begin accepting visitors from 41 countries on September 1, 2022.
The Macau Government has announced that foreign visitors from 41 countries will be permitted to return to Macau. Australia, Japan, Korea, and the United States are among them.
The announcement comes after Macau’s Chief Executive Ho Lat-Seng issued Macau Executive Order 166/2022 repealing the non-resident entry ban.

Because the region’s travel ban has been lifted, the region’s Health Bureau has updated entry regulations, allowing many foreign tourists to enter.

All visitors will, however, be subjected to a seven-day hotel quarantine upon entry.

This is likely to deter many people from visiting Asia’s once-great gaming hub.

“Holders of valid passports from the 41 countries mentioned above may enter Macau from countries and regions other than Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China,” the Health Bureau stated.

“If we can draw the line and distinguish, the option – if that happens – is that PAGCOR remains the regulator for gaming operations, both land-based and online.” Alejandro Tengco, Chairman and CEO of PAGCOR

Furthermore, travelers will be required to present negative Covid-19 test certificates as well as a confirmation of hotel booking for isolation in Macau, as well as a certificate confirming a Covid test has been booked for the quarantine period.

Despite more countries being permitted entry, Macau’s quarantine laws will undoubtedly continue to impede gamers’ ability to visit and play in its casinos.

PAGCOR requests more time to consider the proposed division of operations.

Alejandro Tengco, the new Chairman and CEO of PAGCOR, says he hopes the operator-turned-regulator is given time to study a proposal to split its operator and regulatory functions.

“We’re hoping for some time to research this.” That is part of our current thrust and agenda to differentiate whether we are a regulator or an operator,” Tengco explained.

“If we can draw the line and distinguish, the option – if that happens – [would be that PAGCOR remains] the regulator for gaming operations, both land-based and online,” he added.

“If we were to make a decision for the PAGCOR-operated casinos nationwide, the best thing we could foresee is to privatize [casinos].”

“Other than Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China, holders of valid passports from the 41 countries listed above may enter Macau.” Health Bureau of Macau

Local media reported that lawmakers in the Philippines had agreed with Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s position to separate the two functions of PAGCOR.

Diokno had suggested that the PAGCOR division could be in line with the company’s policy of privatizing public corporations.

PAGCOR currently oversees operations in 40 state-owned casinos in the Philippines, as well as licensing and regulating private casino locations.

Crosby has been appointed Chief Games Product Officer at Konami.

Gerard Crosby has been appointed as Konami Gaming’s new SVP and Chief Games Product Offer.

Crosby’s three-decade career in the gaming industry should help drive product performance and advancements across global markets, according to Konami.

Crosby has worked in game development, hardware and software engineering, product strategy, and business operations management.

Since 2001, he has served as Konami Australia’s chief researcher and developer, delivering products to customers in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and South Africa.

Crosby is now in charge of the company’s global game research and development, including vision, conceptualization, strategy, and execution.

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