The gaming industry is embracing virtual reality, making online slot games more immersive and creating virtual casino experiences for players. Augmented reality also presents a major opportunity for operators, with many smartphone users eagerly adopting the technology for mobile games.
Founder Len Ainsworth was given approval to sell a roughly 52% stake of Ainsworth Game Technology to Novomatic AG. Ainsworth Game Technology focuses on North America and Australasia, and Novomatic operates mainly in South America and Europe.
Revisions to the Criminal Code of Canada in the 1970s have led to more relaxed gaming restrictions in the country in recent years, allowing each province to license and regulate its own gaming. The changes have given rise to several new casinos, more sports betting centers and increased availability of online gaming sites.
Carnival Cruise Lines has started a new marketing push in New York City to get people thinking about a Caribbean cruise. In a warm tent with a live steel drum band playing, New Yorkers are treated to little cans of scented island air and asked to post on social media about the scents.
The new Hotel EMC2 in downtown Chicago uses its design and outreach to promote science, technology, engineering and math education in the city's high schools. The hotel has donated $90,000 to a STEM program focused on underserved youths.
Hotels under pressure to protect employees from sexual harassment and other abuse from guests have installed panic buttons for emergency alerts. Workers in New York City and Seattle have such devices, and the Chicago City Council has mandated implementation by summer.