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Philippines planning new airport terminal; Singapore casinos break rules

TAGs: Genting Singapore, las vegas sands, Philippines, Singapore

Clark International AirportPhilippines’ largest airport could get a new terminal to cope with extra demand. Plans are afoot for a PHP12billion (US$282m) budget airline terminal at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) or as its commonly known Clark International Airport. Alongside the current terminal’s PHP360m expansion it will mean Clark can cater for 2.5million passengers per year and will be music to the ears of casino firms operating in the country. President of the airport ownership company, Victor Luciano, was frank about what will happen if expansion waits. “Our existing terminal is not going to handle the rising number of passengers. It is being expanded, yes. But it may not handle future traffic.”

The Philippines projected to be Asia’s next jewel in terms of casino gambling and should pass Nevada once a number of projects have been completed.

Singapore’s casino business regulator has fined the country’s two casinos for breaching rules. The Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) found Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS) and Genting Singapore guilty and fined them a total of S$385,000. LVS were wrapped for breaches at Marina Bay Sands that took place between October 28, 2010 and April 30, 2011 and ordered to pay S$225,000. Genting’s fine related to Resorts World Sentosa and they were fleeced S$130,000 for the offences between August 15, 2010 and April 30, 2011.

In each case it concerned the admission of minors, excluded persons or Singapore nationals that hadn’t paid levies. SRA chief executive Lau Peet Meng added: “These social safeguards are put in place to mitigate the casino’s potential impact on vulnerable persons and to ringfence the casinos from potential criminal influence.

“Hence, we are taking tough disciplinary action against the casino operators for the cases where they have failed to show due care in complying with our requirements to prevent minors and excluded persons from entering the casinos, and to ensure that entry levies are duly paid.”

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