Forbes  Oct 3  Comment 
Theft at Dore junket, sinking Neptune, UnionPay curbs darken Macau outlook before Beijing’s hint of sunshine.
Motley Fool  Oct 2  Comment 
Macau's gaming revenue is still plunging, but there may be signs of hope for the region.
Forbes  Oct 2  Comment 
Wynn Resorts has seen a steep fall in its stock price in the recent past amid renewed concerns over Macau junket operators. While the stock plunged over 30% in September, it is down over 70% in last 12 months due to a slowdown in Macau gaming....
Financial Times  Oct 2  Comment 
Possible government aid for the region’s economy also helps
SeekingAlpha  Oct 2  Comment 
Benzinga  Oct 2  Comment 
Casino operators with exposure to Macau, such as Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) have seen their stocks plummet over the past year. Gross gaming revenue in Macau fell in September, marking the 16th straight month of declines. Bloomberg...
SeekingAlpha  Oct 2  Comment 
Clusterstock  Oct 1  Comment 
Neptune Group, one of Macau's biggest junkets, admitted in a dire filing this week that it had lost around $130 million so far this year. "We are unsure how to cope with this vicious circle which has devastated Macau's VIP gaming business," it...
Benzinga  Oct 1  Comment 
Macau gaming revenue in September declined 33 percent year-over-year. News of potential junket embezzlement was a primary negative catalyst in September. Macau gaming stocks are trading slightly higher following the release of September...


Macau is the fastest growing casino gambling (or "gaming") market in the world. From 2001 to 2006, gaming revenue in Macau has grown at an annual rate of 23%. By comparison, Las Vegas and Atlantic City had CAGRs of 4% and 3%, respectively. The biggest driver of growth is its proximity to the increasingly wealthy Chinese population.

Only 6 companies are licensed to operate gaming facilities in the region:

  • Melco PBL Entertainment (MPEL) is the only company publicly traded in the U.S. that is completely focused on the Macau gaming and hospitality industry.
  • MGM Mirage (MGM): This company is developing the MGM Grand Macau, which is scheduled to open in late 2007. Most of MGM's casinos are in Las Vegas, and its operations include: Bellagio, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Luxor, Treasure Island (TI), New York-New York, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, Circus Circus Las Vegas.
  • Las Vegas Sands (LVS): This company owns and operates The Sands Macao. It is also developing The Venetian Macau. These properties are named after LVS's Las Vegas counterparts.
  • Wynn Resorts (WYNN): This company owns and operates Wynn Macau and Wynn Las Vegas. It is also developing a massive new casino resort in Macau, which is set to open in 2010.
  • Galaxy Casinos (HKSE:0027)
  • SJM/Macau Success Limited (HKSE:0487)

Most Visitors Coming From China and Hong Kong

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Statistics based on macau statistics and census services [1]

^Estimates based on “Visitors Arrivals for October 2007” [2]


  1. Tourism Statistics 2006, "Tourism Statistics", Macau Census
  2. "Visitors Arrivals for October 2007", Macau Census

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