Up-and-Coming Global Gambling Destinations to Look Out For
We all know about Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Macao, but there are other up-and-coming global gambling destinations that you should consider too
The concept of casino vacations has become very popular, with destinations such as Las Vegas and Macao often being at the top of the list. However, the last few years have seen several other global gambling destinations set themselves up as gambling meccas and vying to draw in international visitors with deep pockets.
Here are some of the top up-and-coming global gambling destinations:
Often referred to as the Las Vegas of the Caribbean, the quaint island of Aruba has 12 different casinos that are the focal point of the island’s economy. Packed with energetic crowds, the local casinos claim to be the birthplace of Caribbean Stud Poker and regularly host professional poker tournaments. They also welcome both veteran gamblers and casual players from around the world.
Aruba’s casinos are centred around its capital city, Oranjestad, and the Palm Beach resorts. Most casinos open at 11 am and remain open until the early morning hours. However, two casinos offer Vegas-style 24-hour gambling – the Crystal Casino at Renaissance Marina Hotel and the Aruba Marriott’s Stellaris Casino.
Recently, several industry experts predicted that the Philippines would become the next big thing in the Asian gambling world thanks to the surge in Chinese tourists who have been arriving over the last couple of years. The Philippines is now seen as going up against Singapore and Macao to become the top gambling destination in Asia. The country also opened a Manila version of the Las Vegas Strip in the form of the Pagcor Entertainment City.
A number of large-scale resorts have been planned for this area, with those already open contributing over a hundred percent growth in the local high-roller VIP gambling revenue.
Enjoying a strategic position at the tip of the Pacific Rim, the city-state of Singapore is home to two casinos. However, it still reaches an enviable fourth position on the global gambling rankings, behind the United States, Macao, and Canada. Since their opening, Singaporean casinos have been regularly placed among the world’s best in terms of gambling revenue, with the locals being the biggest customers, making up 60 percent of all visits.
Over the last couple of years, local casino operators shifted their focus towards mass gambling rather than VIP players to cater to the changes that occurred in the industry due to the slowdown of the Chinese economy. Singapore’s first casino is the Genting Resorts World Sentosa, boasting a 160,000 square foot casino floor.
The second casino in the city-state is the Marina Bay Sands, which opened in 2010 with a similarly sized casino floor. The resort boasts over 2,500 video poker, slot, and games machines, as well as more than 700 tables.
With the gambling industry in the US worth a staggering US$250 billion, it is easy to see why Detroit is eager to cash in on the action. Michigan’s largest city may only have three casinos. Still, these offer a taste of Vegas alongside many other traditional attractions, always making a visit here a well-rounded experience.
The city’s oldest casino, The Greektown, is owned by a Native American tribe and aims to bolster the local economy. The casino even offers slot-play credits to people who buy new American-made cars. The other two options, the MGM Grand Detroit and the Motor City Casino, are both large Vegas-type operations with over 400 hotel rooms.
The MGM is the largest and offers a broad selection of table games and slots, as well as shows and dining options. The Motor City Casino vaunts a unique location in a former bread mill. Shrewd gamblers who reside in Detroit can also easily access Caesars Windsor just across the Canadian border with its world-class poker rooms.