torsdag 12. august 2021

High-rolling Macau won’t be the same after Covid

In a Covid-driven transformation, Macau’s gaming companies are seeking to diversify into non-gaming segments and focus more on betting tables that serve ordinary tourists rather than mainland China VIPs. Macau lawmakers recently said it is unlikely that Chinese high-rollers would return to Macau in pre-pandemic numbers any time soon as Beijing ramps up controls forbidding wealthy individuals from gambling overseas.

China has also restricted its nationals from vacationing overseas amid the pandemic, which first started in Wuhan and spread around the world. Macau has been mostly Covid-free, though on August 4 the government ordered Covid-19 tests for all 680,000 Macau residents after a family of four tested positive. No new cases have been reported since.