TICKERS: CZR, BLOOM, AIRBNB, CCL, UBER
November 3: 10:00AM: NCLH 3Q CC
November 3: 10:00AM: RHP 3Q CC
November 3: 11:00AM: H 3Q CC - , PW: 52469697
Novmber 4: 4:30PM: AWAY 3Q CC - ,PW: N/A
November 4-6: Anthem of the Seas Dead Cruise/Investor Event
November 5: 8:30AM: MPEL 3Q CC - , PW: MPEL
Transit Visa Policy - The Macau Police used their WeChat page to counter the rumors regarding possible changes to the transit visa policies. Remember, Union Gaming reported over the weekend that the government was implementing transit visa changes, citing multip sources. Below is a translated snag from WeChat.
Takeaway: Interesting turn of events. The July transit changes generated more visitation through that visa scheme but did not translate into gaming revenue growth. Even if Union Gaming was correct, it's difficult to say there would be any revenue impact this time.
CZR - Caesars Entertainment Corp. is pulling out of both Cleveland and Cincinnati, where it owned and operated two Horseshoe casinos that are being taken over by Rock Gaming LLC. The Cincinnati Business Courier, a Baltimore Business Journal sister publication, reported the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, Horseshoe Cincinnati and ThistleDown Racino in North Randall, Ohio, will be rebranded and operated by Rock Gaming. Rock Gaming already owned the Cincinnati property, and the casinos and racino will remain open during the rebranding process.
BLOOM - Philippines-based casino operator Bloomberry Resorts Corp reported a net loss of PHP189.5 million ($4.1 million) for the third quarter of 2015, compared to a net profit of PHP991.7 million a year earlier. The firm on Tuesday said its Philippine operations recorded PHP281 million in net profit for the three months to September 30, while a casino resort in South Korea that it recently took over generated PHP471 million in net losses.
AIRBNB - American Express is teaming up Airbnb to let its card members pay for their home and apartment rentals more easily. Airbnb will now accept American Express membership rewards points to pay for booking. Users will be given the option to sign into the site using their AmEx credentials and then given the ability at checkout to pay fully or partially for their home rentals using their points.
Takeaway: A valuable partnership for both sides.
CRYSTAL CRUISES - In response to cruiser and travel agent demand, Crystal River Cruises -- the new river cruise division of luxury line Crystal Cruises -- has placed orders for four new river ships, which will launch in 2017. In addition, the line has purchased an existing riverboat, which will be refurbished, renamed and kick off river cruises for the line in July 2016, a year earlier than planned.
CCL - As part of a $300-million refurbishment project, Holland America Line is planning upgrades to its top staterooms with new furnishings, colors, amenities and upgrades for all suites on the line’s Signature-, Vista- and R-Class ships. The first ships to undergo the suite transformation will be ms Eurodam and ms Oosterdam, followed by ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Westerdam, ms Zuiderdam and ms Noordam.
UBER - Uber expects its turnover in China to exceed that of the US by the end of the year. Meanwhile, Guangzhou has recently overtaken Chengdu to become Uber’s top city in the world in terms of booking volume. Uber entered the Chinese market in 2014. It has been operating in the major cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen for over a year. Its service now covers 21 cities, and it will continue to expand to other cities in the next 12 months.
Philippine Gaming Investment - Philippine property firm Megaworld Corp and casino operator Travellers International Hotel Group Inc are spending an aggregate of PHP65 billion ($1.4 billion) to develop a 31-hectare (76.6-acre) “leisure and entertainment township” at Entertainment City in Manila Bay. The companies will be allocating a total of about US$300 million to build the residential portion of the project, Megaworld said on Monday. It will be next door to a new casino project called Resorts World Bayshore, to which Travellers International is already committed.