Asian Markets Forum

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      Global Markets Forum
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Asian Markets Forum

2017-05-16, 09:30 - 17:00

The Venetian Macao



9:30 - 10:15

Keynote Address - Working Together to Ensure Macau Remains Relevant

Mr. Francis Lui, Vice Chairman, Galaxy Entertainment Group


12:00 – 13:30

Networking Luncheon


13:30 – 14:30

 The Analyst’s Perspective: Asian Markets Update

Countries across Asia have long worked to find new opportunities for economic growth, and integrated casino resort development is one generally successful route.
In Japan, South Korea and Vietnam, foreign operators are vying to build iconic structures that will attract overseas visitors and generate tax revenue: but which market is most compelling for investors? What do Manila, in the Philippines, Cambodia and Laos offer? In Macau, Cotai’s third phase is being planned: what has worked there so far and what warrants improvement? Industry analysts closely following these markets will answer these and other questions as we open the G2E Asia 2017 Conference.

Moderated by Michael Grimes, Principal, GGR Asia


Grant Govertsen, Managing Director, Union Gaming
Praveen Choudhary, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley


14:30 – 14:45

Tea Break


14:45 – 15:45

The "Locals" Factor: Assessing Asian Markets Development

The local segment is becoming an increasingly important factor when casino developers and operators assess market potentials for new development and expansion. A slew of international operators reportedly have their eyes on Vietnam again after the latest gaming decree opened up casinos to local residents. On the other hand, Korea's current ban on local gaming outside of Kangwon Land scared away many potential developers in its 2015 RFP process. The Japanese government's policy on local gaming would largely determine the gaming market potential, ROI, and ultimately, the scale and position of prospective Integrated Resorts in the country.
During this session, market experts will discuss the interactions and dynamics between legislatures and Integrated Resorts developers to explore the thoughts and rationale on both sides of the table. A holistic walk through the performance of local versus non-local markets will also be addressed.


Moderated by Michael Zhu, Vice President, Operations Planning & Analysis, The Innovation Group


Augustine Ha Ton VINH, Senior Investment Advisor, Van Don Special Economic Zone, Vietnam
Ed Bowers, Senior Vice President Global Development, MGM Resorts International
Tim Shephard, President of Business Development and Marketing, Silver Heritage Group


16:00 – 17:00

White Paper Preview: The Challenges and Current Status of Integrated Resort Development in Japan

After years of debate, Japan has taken one giant step closer to regulated gaming and with an estimated US$40B market at stake the industry is watching its development closely. During this session, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will preview their upcoming White Paper* on the status of Integrated Resort development in Japan, which will include updates on the progress of legislation, the structure of legislation and licensing, problem gambling safeguards and the latest work of Prime Minister Abe’s IR Promotion Headquarters. Following the presentation, key operators will discuss PwC’s findings as well as the priorities their companies have for development in the market.

*Conference delegates will receive a complimentary copy of the white paper upon its completion.

Moderated by Masahiro Terada, Senior Manager,PricewaterhouseCoopers


Ed Bowers, Senior Vice President Global Development, MGM Resorts International
Jeremy Walker, Vice President, Marketing, Galaxy Entertainment

Peter Cohen, Director, Regulatory Affairs, The Agenda Group


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