Atlantic City is pulling out all the stops with its pitch that if gamblers can make it inside their casino doors, they’ll never have to shift their arses again. This latest tweak comes courtesy of New Jersey gaming regulators, who have just approved a ‘beverage on demand’ system at the four AC casinos operated by Caesars (formerly Harrah’s) Entertainment.
Essentially, slots players will be able to ‘seamlessly request’ the cocktail of their choosing from an interactive video display right there on their gaming device. That’s right – no longer will players be required to risk tiring themselves out by having to turn their heads and wave to catch the attention of a passing cocktail server. Next up, stools with doughnut-holed seats, for those who can’t be (pardon the pun) arsed to walk all the way to the bathroom.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Singapore may be nowhere near Iowa, but they’ve fully bought into the ‘if you build it, they will come’ mantra. In the same year that Singapore opened its first two casinos, the city’s international airport has seen a 14% gain in traffic. Annual passengers eclipsed the 40m mark for the first time ever, making Changi the world’s seventh busiest airport.
The biggest countries sending traffic Singapore’s way are (in descending order) Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, China and Thailand. With both Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa set to open new attractions in 2011, analysts are expecting the up, up and away traffic trend to continue.