Macau Revenue Growth Slows

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The world's largest gambling destination saw growth in October, but the amount of growth was slower than analysts predicted.

The gross gaming revenue (GGR) was up 2.6% to $3.4 billion USD, down 0.2% from the month prior. That may not seem like much, but seeing as how September had to deal with Typhon Mangkhut, which shut down casinos for a day, the results are a bit more concerning. Analysts say that a visit from Chinese President Xi Jinping did have an impact on traffic, as movement for punters is restricted. The month also comes after the lengthy holiday period in September, which gave visitors extra time to visit the island. The trade war between the U.S. and China is also likely having a negative impact on the industry.

An analyst gave some insight into the results, noting: "Historically, holiday periods like October's Golden Week and Chinese New Year were massive VIP-centric months with notable GGR swings. However, with VIP never having accounted for a lower mix of GGR than today (we estimate only 45% in 3Q18), the traditional holiday volatility is receding and should continue to recede, especially with VIP under-performing mass market for the time being. With this in mind, and considering that VIP last year not only represented a greater mix of GGR but was also growing faster than mass, this resulted in a particularly tough situation beyond the headline +22% comp."

It's predicted that November will bring a rebound for Macau, with experts predicting a bump in the 8% range for the month.

As always, Casino Listings News will report on the results at the beginning of December.

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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9 November 2018 - 1:51pm

Yeah, obviously September has been a tough month for the Macau's business but there's been quite an objective reasons for that, it seems to be they'll bounce back in the next months when everything with traffic gets back to normal.

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10 November 2018 - 8:25am

I didn't know that Macau is the biggest gambling destination. I haven't been to Las Vegas, but thought that Las Vegas was bigger 🙂

Anyway, this news, the analyst's predictions are not really important...
Macau is still really rich to give its citizen a significant amount money every year out of high fiscal profits, as far as I know, this point is important 🙂