James Murren (pictured), chairman and chief executive of casino operator MGM Resorts International, is to give the keynote address at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia 2015 in Macau.
He will speak at 9.30am on Wednesday, May 20, the second day of the G2E Asia 2015 trade exhibition and conference. The event will be held at Cotai Expo at the Venetian Macao.
Mr Murren’s solo speech will be followed by a conversation with Grant Govertsen, managing partner of Union Gaming Research Macau Ltd.
Mr Murren is expected to talk about key issues for the regional industry. His company is 51 percent owner of MGM China Holdings Ltd, one of Macau’s six casino operators.
Additionally, in May last year in Tokyo, Mr Murren indicated that not only was MGM Resorts interested in a multibillion U.S. dollar investment in Japan if that country legalises casinos, but it would also consider an initial public offering to help fund such a scheme.
Hong Kong-listed MGM China is already building MGM Cotai, a new resort on Cotai in Macau with a capital budget of HKD23 billion (US$3 billion). It is scheduled to open in the autumn of 2016.
G2E Asia’s co-organiser Reed Exhibitions says topics likely to be discussed by Mr Murren include the future direction for the Macau casino market and the likelihood of an increasing role for non-gaming attractions as earnings growth areas in their own right.
G2E Asia 2015 will be held from May 19 to 21 inclusive. The other co-organiser of the event is the American Gaming Association, a trade and lobbying body.
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