The MGS Entertainment Show 2018 starts today, Tuesday, at the Venetian Macao casino resort. The annual event, featuring a casino industry trade exhibition and conference, is organised by the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (MGEMA).
So far had more than 100 exhibitors have confirmed attendance at the 2018 event according to information provided by MGEMA.
As in previous years there will be conference sessions. The major topics on the first day of the conference portion of the event include a review of the existing legislation and oversight of the Macau gaming industry. Paulo Martins Chan, the director of Macau’s casino regulator, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, is scheduled to speak on that panel at the conference. The session will be moderated by local legislator and scholar Davis Fong Ka Chio.
A second session on the day will focus on Macau’s VIP segment, in a panel including representatives of several junkets, according to the programme provided by the organisers. Some of the topics include the revision of Macau’s framework gaming law, in particular the gaming tax rate and the creation of a central credit database system.
Levo Chan, chief executive of VIP gambling promoter Tak Chun Group, and Weena Sae Kee, vice-chairman and executive director of Macau junket operator David Group, are scheduled to participate in the panel.
The conference part of the event will also discuss the business opportunities for so-called integrated resorts in Japan, and gaming equipment makers’ views on the Asian markets.
The trade show is being jointly organised this year with China’s state-owned enterprises Nam Kwong Culture and Creativity Industry Co Ltd, and China National Machinery Industry International Co Ltd.
This year’s MGS Entertainment Show is to be held from November 13 to 15 at the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Expo.
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