Analysis | Can smoke-free casinos still cash in?

The boom times are over in Macau. The Chinese gambling hub’s gross domestic product plunged a horrifying 17.2 percent in the fourth quarter, and the government has curbed its projected casino

Corporate Bits | Local bakery & coffee shop go online

With commercial rents in Macau still remaining high, small businesses must find creative ways to push forward and going online is a feasible diversification strategy. “We have been devising ways

Macau cuts gaming forecast as Chui seeks to move beyond casinos

Macau slashed its monthly gambling revenue forecast 27 percent, as the city’s chief executive pledged a five-year plan to make the world’s largest gaming hub less dependent on casinos. The city

Gaming | Melco Crown announces pay rise

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited has announced a five percent pay increase for all eligible non-management employees, effective from the first pay period in April 2015. In a press release yesterday,

Many employees laid off from VIP rooms, group claims

Nearly a thousand frontline workers have been laid off in the downsizing and closure of VIP gambling rooms since the end of last year, revealed the casino employee union, Macau

Corporate Bits | JML Property raises over MOP80,000 to benefit local charities

Last year JML raised well over MOP100,000 in donations and are still hoping to break through the $100,000 barrier this year. Clients and friends have been the main sponsors, and

Airline world’s tiny secret: infatuation with model planes 

In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the exchange of model airplanes. When

Corporate Bits | LMF, Gabriel O Pensador and Blademark perform at Venetian Macao

LMF, with the songs “Little Traitor” and “LMF”, Gabriel O Pensador with “Até Quanto” (“Until When”) and Blademark with “One5 OneO” came together for a hip-hop-heavy triple bill for the

ANALYSIS | BUSINESS | Stop trying to ground the Gulf airlines

Nicole Kidman looks very relaxed in Etihad Airways’ new advertisements, as she floats gently down on to a bed in its three-room Residence first-class cabin - a mere USD20,000 to

Ask the Vet | 4 Vaccines your puppy should have

Parvovirus Vaccine Parvovirus is one the most common infectious dog disease in the world. Parvovirus is spread through contact with infected feces; the virus can live on inanimate surfaces such as

Corporate Bits: Melco crown entertainment’s three dining establishments awarded

“In less than six months, Melco Crown Entertainment has been bestowed with a series of internationally-acclaimed awards, from Michelin star ratings, to Forbes Five-Star Awards, and now the SCMP 100

Big in Asia, Line app hopes cute factor will win worldwide 

Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty: Move over. And make way for laidback Brown bear and his irrepressible girlfriend Cony the bunny. Once just digital stickers that users of mobile messaging app Line

Real Estate Matters | The 25 questions you must ask as a tenant renting a property – Part 2

Juliet Risdon is a Director of JML Property and a property investor. Having established the company in 1994, JML Property offers Investment Property & Homes. It specializes in managing properties for

Project Poker: So you want to be a cash game player?

One of the questions I get asked the most is: how should I study poker? What books should I read? How can I improve my game? A few months ago

Beijing names new ambassador to North Korea amid troubled ties

China has appointed a second senior official from the party diplomatic agency that traditionally deals with North Korea as new ambassador to its ally amid troubled bilateral relations. Li Jinjun, deputy

Inditex sales growth accelerates as Zara owner adds stores

Inditex SA, the world’s largest clothing retailer, reported accelerating revenue growth after an expansion of online sales and new stores helped drive a 5 percent profit increase last year. Sales increased

Cathay Pacific profit lags estimates on fuel-hedging loss

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Asia’s largest international airline by passengers, reported profit that lagged analyst estimates as losses from fuel hedging masked gains in passenger numbers. Net income rose 20 percent

Corporate Bits | Niccolo Chengdu coming soon

Niccolo hotels are a new collection of contemporary urban luxury hotels. The first to carry the Niccolo name, Niccolo Chengdu, will offer 230 guestrooms and suites. Scheduled to open in

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