In a year when the Singapore Government has signalled that it may be
ready to consider opening a casino on Sentosa, over 1,000 people in the
casino trade will be gathering for a conference on the gaming industry
Those attending the conference include players from major casinos in
Asia, Europe and the USA, clubs, hotels, cruise liners and leisure and
Discussions will be raised on issues such as gaming in Asia and its
prospects, challenges to new entrants to the gaming market, online
betting and balancing the economics of gambling against the need for
The keynote speakers are from casino operators such as SJM from Macau
and Harrah’s Entertainment from the United States.
The conference will also be Asia’s largest showcase for the latest
gaming machines and products.
The ACE has been held in Singapore before – under name Gaming &
Casinos World Asia Pacific – but it is this year that the presence of
industry players finds resonance, following the Government’s
announcement in a March sitting of Parliament that it was considering
opening a high-rollers casino in Sentosa.
The casino could sit within an international resort playground with
white sand beaches, marinas, spas, gourmet restaurants and high-end
Singapore has, through the years, rejected the idea of casinos for
fear that the social ills of addiction to gambling would take hold, but
the Government now thinks that the economic gains to be reaped for the
service and tourism sectors should not be foregone.