Industry players, experts and affiliates are coming to Taiwan for a brand new conference that will assess, among other things, the Asian country’s chances of becoming the next big casino, entertainment and integrated resorts destination.
The inaugural Taiwan Gaming Summit, which will be held from Nov. 8-10 at W Taipei, promises to take a look at the current state of things as well as the future opportunities for the casino industry in Taiwan.
The three-day event couldn’t have come at a better time, as the island of Kinmen is scheduled to vote on a gambling referendum on October 28. This is the third time a Taiwanese outlying island will hold a referendum on gambling after the government lifted the 15-year prohibition on gambling on the islands of Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu in September 2009.
The two previous referendums were held in Penghu, but residents voted—twice—against the idea of allowing casino resorts in the country. In the October 2016 referendum, 81 percent or 26,598 residents voted against the casino plan, while 6,210 votes were in favor of the drive to bring casinos to Taiwan.
At the upcoming Taiwan Gaming Summit, Global Market Advisors senior advisor Bill Bryson will delve into the past as well as discuss the present Taiwanese gaming market. Bryson will also pinpoint opportunities for the future of the Asian country as a gambling destination, and will examine the pros and cons of such opportunities for different industry players.
Following Bryson’s talk is a panel that will discuss a possible regulatory framework and licensing regime in Taiwan. Moderated by Macau Gaming Information Association Vice Chairman Tony Tong, the panel is composed of Alan Pedley, principal consultant of Governance Associates Ltd., and Prof. Day-Yang Liu, of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
“AGS is the perfect opportunity to gain knowledge and insights from top industry leaders and experts,” organizer Beacon Events said in its website.