Casino business locations across Asia are gearing up for this year’s Diwali with visitors expected to flock to Macau and other cities. The Hindustan Times reports that many are celebrating the “festival of lights” by visiting gambling industry destinations from Dubai to Singapore and even India in between. Goa is the only place in India where citizens can currently gamble. Not for long though.
The company that operates that one premises is looking at expansion in the near future and already have their eye on a new location.
“They chose Daman because it is at driving distance from Mumbai and other big cities in Gujarat,” said an anonymous source that was talking about the company’s expansion plans.
The fact that Asians are spending their public holiday using gambling industry locations is no surprise. Asia’s market is currently the largest in the entire industry and is the future for the gaming industry – whether it be land-based or online. It goes to show why the expansion is currently moving at a fast pace and unlikely to be halted anytime soon.
If transportation capacity problems are anything to go by then Macau had no reason to worry about popularity waning. UNESCO has already warned Macau that it’s receiving too many tourists and it’s being cited as the reason the enclave’s transportation system needs updating. Fanny Vong, president of the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) recognizes that tourist satisfaction levels have recently declined and admitted that, “Training is one of the reasons, but of course we are an education institution so we realise this is happening and we’ll try to play our part. However, you have to be aware there are other issues like crowds, carrying and infrastructure capacity.”
With expected influxes on Diwali this Wednesday, the transportation system will be stretched and any problems will illustrate the need to update the enclave’s system.