The Director of Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, Paulo Martins Chan, will take part in a panel discussion on Macau’s gaming concessions and the upcoming re-tendering process at MGS Summit in what promises to be a highlight of this year’s MGS Entertainment Show.
Details of the Summit were unveiled for the first time this week during the official launch press conference for the upcoming tradeshow, to be held from 13 to 15 November 2018 at Venetian Macao. The emerging Japan market, technology and the evolution of IRs will also be discussed over the course of the three days.
However it is Chan’s presence on a panel titled, “The law and supervision of Macao gaming franchise rights” that promises to be most intriguing with the gaming licenses of Macau’s six concessionaires all set to expire between 2020 and 2022. The panel will also feature Dean of the Faculty of Law at University of Macau, Professor Tong Io Cheng, and be moderated by Davis Fong – Professor in International Integrated Resort Management and Director of Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming at University of Macau, and a member of the Legislative Assembly.
The other notable addition to MGS Summit 2018 will be an Operators’ Panel featuring key executives from some of the leading contenders for a Japanese IR license, each outlining their vision for the development of an IR in Japan. The Japan Operators’ Panel follows passage of the IR Implementation Bill through the Diet in June, paving the way for the nation’s first casinos to be built in the coming years.
Discussing the expanded MGS Summit and the addition of new elements on the exhibition floor in 2018, Jay Chun – the President of event organizer, Macau Gaming Entertainment Manufacturers Association – said, “MGS 2018 is different from those previous years. MGS hopes to tap the into the rising integrated resort industry and make MGS’ influence reach out from Macau to neighboring countries.”
Celebrating its sixth edition in 2018, MGS Entertainment Show will for the first time run a parallel conference to MGS Summit titled Sina Global Digital Entertainment Summit 2018.
Focusing on various aspects of eGaming, it will include panel discussions and presentations on eSports, blockchain, virtual reality, iGaming and electronic game equipment.
Chun said the intention this year is to evolve MGS by introducing “intelligent leisure and innovative technology into its scope of conventional exhibitions, thus transforming it into a large-scale exhibition focused on leisure technology.”
Note: Previous information published in regards to speakers for the Japan IR Operators’ Panel was based on unconfirmed information. An updated, confirmed list will be published as soon as it becomes available.