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Hope for hospitalised Ho
Macau gaming guru Stanley Ho, who has
been in hospital for the last four months, is
‘recovering nicely’ and may be allowed home
soon, his son Lawrence has assured.
“Hopefully, some time soon he can come out
of the hospital. It’s been a few months since
his accident. He had two pretty big surgical
operations,” Lawrence Ho said.
Ho, 88, owns SJM Holdings, which has the
biggest share of the casino market in
Macau. Lawrence Ho is the oldest surviving
son of 17 children fathered by Stanley Ho by
four women, and is chief executive officer of
Melco Crown Entertainment, a joint venture
between his company and Australian
billionaire James Packer.
New Integrated Resorts attract
over 40 events for 2010
Singapore is set to retain its position as one
attendees in the coming year, was making every effort to
The Las Vegas Sands
of the world’s top Meeting, Incentives,
development in
who will take part in more open the triple-tower prop-
than a dozen events covering erty, called Marina Bay Sands,
Conference and Events (MICE) destinations,
Singapore’s Marina Bay
security, law, lifestyle, IT, by February 15, 2010.
with the opening of its two new Integrated
media communications, and The company is now in the
Resorts in early 2010, the Singapore
luxury designer goods. process of raising segments
Marina Bay Sands has already of the resort’s ‘sky park’ - a
Tourism Board has announced
signed over 30 deals for 1,200-foot-long (360-meter)
premier events at its new span running across the top
themainevents MICE destination proposi- Expo and Convention Centre of the three 55-storey hotel
SINGAPORE tion, including multiple and the team is working on towers. Half of the 14 seg-
unique event spaces within more than 100 additional ments are in place.
Even before the start of the Universal Studios Singapore, prospects for meetings, About 60 days after the
New Year, Marina Bay Sands as well as Resorts World Con- incentives and conventions opening of the project’s first
and Resorts World Sentosa’s vention Centre’s 26 function over the next four years phase, Sands aims to open
convention facilities have rooms and the Compass Ball- Sands said it has sealed the remainder of the hotel
attracted over 40 events room, one of Asia’s largest events from a wide range of rooms, additional retail space
between them for 2010, with column-free ballrooms that industries, from the engineer- and the sky park, Reese said.
more than 200 prospective seats 7,300. ing and legal sector to life sci- By the end of 2010, the
events pencilled in over the “These events - some of ences and renewable energy. company expects the rest
next four years. Months which are firsts in Singapore Las Vegas Sands expects to of the attractions, including
ahead of its early 2010 soft - signify growth in the MICE open its US$5.5bn, 2,700- the theaters and museum,
opening, Resorts World industry, and shows the con- pore’s meetings and incen- pyrotechnics, stunt men and room Singapore casino resort to open.
Sentosa has confirmed that it fidence organisers have in tive travel sector in the mid special effects in phases starting in the first Jason Ong, Area Director,
has already secured 30 event the 49-hectare Resort’s MICE to long term.” At the Marina Bay Sands, quarter of next year, a Middle East & Africa, Singa-
bookings. What will surely offerings as a solution for Since the start of 2008, conference organisers can company spokesman said. pore Tourism Board, said:
become one of Asia’s most companies looking for Resorts World Sentosa has host a cocktail party on the Although declining to give “The high number of events
sought-after meetings, incen- venues that provide both met more than 500 organis- Sands SkyPark which offers an exact date for the opening, already booked - some of
tives, conventions and exhi- impact and bang for the ers and corporate clients to a spectacular view of the the source said it would be which are firsts in Singapore
bitions (MICE) destinations, buck,” said Elena Arabadjieva, continue generating aware- Singapore skyline. Confer- ‘toward the end of March.’ - signify strong growth for
Resorts World Sentosa is cur- director of MICE, Resorts ness of its impressive stable ence attendees can also The first phase of the Singapore’s MICE industry.
rently fielding more than 150 World Sentosa. “As the of MICE offerings. Options dine at one of the six project will also include We are confident that with
leads, with expressions of world’s economy recovers, range from themed dinners celebrity restaurants or the casino, some of the the host of new events
interest for events up to 2014. we are getting strong inter- along Universal Studios Sin- indulge at the luxurious retail operations and some secured for 2010 and beyond,
With the ability to host up est from organisers for gapore’s New York Street, to Marina Bay Shoppes. of the meeting and conven- Singapore will continue to
to 35,000 MICE guests at any events from 2010 to as far product launches at the Meanwhile, the Sands tion space, said spokesman bolster its status as one of the
one time, Resorts World ahead as 2014 and that gives park’s Waterworld amphithe- Expo and Convention Centre Ron Reese. world’s top business events
Sentosa offers a one-stop us great confidence in Singa- atre, complete with fire, will welcome over 150,000 Sands said in July that it destinations,” he concluded.
Court rules
Government no to
Crown didn’t
Wellington casino
‘prey’ on gambler shellyswellied he explained. “At this stage, the
NEW ZEALAND government has no plans to
change the law.”
crownslips not in a position to prey on relevant disadvantage.” the operator, this has been Plans to develop a casino in Developers had wanted to
AUSTRALIA him. Despite his attempts to Justice Harper did an embarrassing public the New Zealand capital of build a billion-dollar project in
persuade me to the opposite criticise Crown in his expose for Crown. The court Wellington have been spiked Shelly Bay, and was hoping the
A problem gambler has lost conclusion, he was not a judgement saying its was told that cash payments following Internal Affairs min- government would reverse
his case to sue Melbourne’s person so helplessly relationship with Kakavas of $30,000 and $50,000 - ister Nathan Guy ruling out the 2003 Gambling Act, which
Crown Casino for the entrapped by his love of did not give him confidence authorised by Crown’s the law change needed for it bans the development of any
AU$30m he lost during a 15 cards that he found it that the casino was a world executive chairman, James to proceed. new casinos outside those
month, $1.5bn gambling impossible to resist Crown’s leader in responsible Packer were left in gift boxes Guy, who oversees gam- already operating in Auckland,
spree in 2005 to 2006. attentions.” gambling as it claims. inside the Crown jet when it bling, said the government Hamilton, Christchurch,
Harry Kakavas, a Gold Kakavas failed to Kakavas lost his money picked up Kakavas at was sticking to its morato- Dunedin and Queenstown.
Coast property developer, produce any evidence of a on the Baccarat table Coolangatta airport. The rium on no new casinos. He Wellington remains the only
had argued that the casino conspiracy by Crown to culminating in him losing court was told this was just said changing the law was not major area without a casino.
had preyed on his exploit him, Justice more than $2m in just 43 to ‘get him started.’ in the pipeline and, even if it
gambling addiction. But Harper said. minutes. In just 14 months Kakavas’s barrister also was, doing so would be a long
Justice David Harper ruled “Crown certainly wanted from June 2005, Kakavas claimed that the casino had process.
that this was not the case his custom,” he added. gambled almost $1.5bn at developed ‘a scheme to lure’ “Any change to the law
and that Kakavas must pay “People like him fed its Crown’s baccarat tables with the gambler back after they would be a decision for the
the casino back the $1m business. But Crown had no his total losses spiralling discovered he lost up to $4m Cabinet and caucus and would
No casino for
Shelly Bay in
he owed. conception of Mr Kakavas towards $30m. Although the on a short trip to Las Vegas require extensive discussion
Harper said: “Crown was as suffering from any kind of courts eventually sided with in 2004. with the wider community,”
18 January 2010 • asianews
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