A soft opening for the first phase of Hoiana in Vietnam featuring hotels and a golf course is scheduled for October. A grand opening is expected before Chinese New Year in 2020, and investors hope the facility will welcome locals approximately two years after its launch.
Online gaming in France experienced year-over-year growth, thanks in part to a boost in sports betting. Gaming revenue rose 25% to $1.4 billion in 2018 compared with the year before, with sports betting accounting for $781.6 million.
Minnesota legislators are preparing to consider a bill that would legalize sports betting at tribal casinos. The proposal would establish the Minnesota Sports Wagering Commission and allow players to place bets within 20 feet from a tribal property.
Universal Entertainment recovered from a net loss in 2017 with a profit of about $1.46 billion last year. A compensation settlement worth $1.44 billion paid by Wynn Resorts was a major factor in the increase.
Tennis accounted for more than half of the 267 reports of suspicious betting activity submitted to ESSA in 2018. Globally, 178 reports came in relating to tennis events, 52 were connected with soccer and a handful of others for table tennis, esports, basketball, volleyball, ice hockey and more.
Senators in Rhode Island voted in favor of a proposal this week that would legalize mobile sports betting through two Twin River casino venues. Close to 97% of sports wagers are placed illegally, according to estimates shared by the bill's sponsor.
The Enterprise Rancheria tribe celebrated the topping-off of its Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain this week by placing a symbolic final beam. The facility is expected to employ 1,000 people and will open in the fall.
Families traveling as a group, short trips and combining lodging and retail are all industry trends to watch in 2019. Conscious travel is also on the rise, according to a booking.com survey.
Fast on the heels of being recognized for its diversity efforts, MGM Resorts International has been lauded for its support of female-owned businesses for the sixth consecutive year. The Women's Business Enterprise National Council has named the company "one of America's top corporations for women's business enterprises," placing it on a list of 60.
Online and in-house gains supported a 19.7% year-over-year boost in gaming revenue for New Jersey in January. Atlantic City's casinos reported $220.6 million in total gaming revenue for the month, marking the eighth month in a row of growth for the city's gaming industry.