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The Macau Metro Monitor, February 7, 2012

SINGAPORE TOURISM VISITORS JUMP TO RECORD 13 MILLION IN 2011 AS CASINOS LURE GAMBLERS Washington Post

A record number of visitors came to Singapore last year as new casinos lured gamblers, the Singapore tourism authority said. Visitor arrivals rose to 13.2MM, up 13% from 2010.  About 2.6MM Indonesians visited Singapore last year, followed by tourists from China, Malaysia and Australia.  Arrivals from China surged 35% in 2011.

NEW RULES FOR SLOTS IN MACAU Macau Business

The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau has released new Macau-specific technical standards for electronic gaming machines.  Among the new rules, it is stated that “any electronic gaming machine [that] plays a game that is recognizable to be a simulation of a live casino game ... must have an identical RTP [return to player rate]”.  The new rules will come into effect on Friday but a grace period applies until October 1.