Top Macau regulator plans conference speech
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Top Macau regulator plans conference speechMacau’s top casino regulator Paulo Martins Chan, the director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, is to speak on May 18 at the Global Gaming Expo in Macau.

Chan will speak on the topic “Transformation in changing conditions”. His remarks will be made to all conference delegates at the beginning of the afternoon conference session on May 18.

Chan will also attend a G2E Asia 2016 networking luncheon for gaming regulators, according to Reed Exhibitions Greater China. Reed Exhibitions is a joint organizer – alongside the American Gaming Association – for G2E Asia.

“I am very excited about this year’s conference with its content on business diversification,” said Josephine Lee, executive vice president of Reed Exhibitions Greater China, in an email to GGRAsia.

The trade show and conference represents the regional industry, not just Macau. But even in the Macau market’s current slump, the city remains the largest single-jurisdiction casino market by gross gaming revenue (GGR) in the world.

The city’s gross gaming revenue for 2015  was $28.9 billion, despite falling 34 percent from the previous year.

The G2E Asia 2016 conference is devoting a day-long program to the topic “Opportunities for integrated resorts: gaming and retail working hand in hand.”

The Macau government and the central government in Beijing have said they wish to see “moderate economic diversification” in the Macau economy, including more non-gaming attractions and a greater number of long-haul tourists from overseas.

G2E Asia 2016 will host 180 exhibitors, a 12 percent increase from the previous year, the statement from Reed Exhibitions said. A total of 40 percent are first-time exhibitors. The event is expected to welcome more than 700 VIPs and buyers, in addition to 10,000 general visitors from across the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: .

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