Macau is known as a gambling city after Las Vegas, United States. It also known as one of the biggest gambling cities in the world. There are several large casinos operating in this densely populated city. Every day hundreds of millions and even billions of US dollars are earned by each casino in the Macau gambling city. However, everything suddenly stopped when Corona virus hit Macau.
So, what will happen to the gambling city of Macau after the Corona pandemic? The fact says that the Corona pandemic has a major impact on almost all business sectors in the world. One of them is a gambling business that has been operating in the world for decades, including in Macau Gambling city.
The Origin of the Corona Virus Appears in China
We all know that the Corona virus first spread in Wuhan City, China, to be precise at the animal market. The spread of Corona infection cases in China had slowed down some time ago. In fact, China once held the status of a country with a corona 0 case, aka there are no more positive cases of corona.
Unfortunately, soon relieved by this status, there were one, two, and until now there are thousands of corona positive patients in China. Likewise in several surrounding countries such as South Korea and Japan.
Macau gambling city itself is one of the cities with less high corona cases compared to other cities in China. It’s just that the potential for transmission remains high if public facilities such as entertainment centers and casinos in Macau remain open to the public. Thousands of visitors who come and go will be a fertile medium for transmission of this influenza virus type.
As a result of this corona outbreak, income in the gambling city of Macau has decreased by 3.4 percent. This figure of decline is much greater when compared to the decline in income experienced by casinos in the City of Las Vegas.
In fact, for several years now, the two largest casino management companies in the world, Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts, have relied heavily on their casino branches in Macau. As a result, this year, they suffered huge losses because there are many of their casinos that are still not operating until now.
This is confirmed by a consultant in the field of gambling, Matthew Ossolinski. He said that with just two weeks of casino closure, the casino would see a drop in revenue of about 5 to 15 percent.
Despite the losses, the two giant companies continued to support the closure of their casino business. This support was conveyed directly by a spokesperson for one of the companies. This is proof of the company’s care for the health of casino employees, their guests and their families. Health remains a priority, not profit.
The two companies also remain optimistic that Macau gambling city will remain a golden goose for them. The gambling and entertainment business they are in will soon rise after the Corona outbreak is over. The company hopes that there will be many tourists, especially local tourists, to enliven their casinos.
Closing of Casinos in Macau Gambling City Due to Corona Virus
In the gambling city of Macau, at least 41 large casino units were forced to close due to lack of visitors. There are also several casinos that are deliberately closed by the government because it is feared that they will become a new cluster of Covid-19 transmission. This is one of the government’s efforts to combat the Corona virus outbreak which continues to spread until now.
Certainly the closure of the major casinos in Macau has dealt a heavy blow to the management companies which are mostly based in America. Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts are examples of the two casino management companies that suffered the most losses due to Corona.
Sourced from news reports in Macau, there were 10 people who were sick with symptoms similar to those of pneumonia. One of the ten patients is an employee of the Galaxy Casino hotel which is none other than one of the busiest casinos in the gambling city of Macau.
There is no death. However, the local government immediately took precaution by closing the casino for a while. The same precautions were put in place at some of the surrounding casinos. Although difficult, the casino manager received this impact.
Macau: The Chinese version of Las Vegas
The gambling city of Macau is currently a tourist destination, especially for foreign tourists. One of the attractions of this city is the large selection of tourist destinations, from shopping destinations to gambling tourist destinations.
The dense flow of tourist arrivals in this city has made the local authorities open an international port with free access status. This new ‘door’ has attracted many investors, especially casino management companies from America. They glanced at Macau gambling city and wanted to make Macau the next ‘Las Vegas’.
Macau gambling city is designed as closely as possible with the City of Las Vegas. Even small things like the miniature icon of the Eiffel Tower can be found here. However, there are also some typical Chinese icons that are intentionally installed at a number of points as a very distinctive tourist attraction. Call it a boat with detailed gold-plated dragon decorations that you can find at the Wynn Palace.