Corruption Crackdown Pummels Macau Casinos
At NPR, Frank Langfitt reports that casino revenues in Macau fell for the fifth consecutive month in October as Xi Jinping’s ongoing anti-corruption measures are making wealthy customers increasingly wary of gambling in the former Portuguese colony.
[S]ince June, Macau’s take has tumbled every month, according to local government figures. In October, revenue plunged 23 percent, the biggest drop on record.
Insiders say China’s anti-corruption crackdown is scaring off high rollers — including corrupt officials.
Hoffman Ma, deputy CEO of Ponte 16 Resort, Macau, which is home to one of the city’s 35 casinos, says betting by his richest customers is way down.
[…] Ma says high rollers are spending less to avoid drawing attention amid the government’s fierce anti-corruption campaign. Beijing is also trying to control the illegal flow of money from mainland China to the former Portuguese colony.
“Any form of moving a large amount of money out of China would be a lot more difficult because of what’s happening,” says Ma. “Obviously, they don’t want the corrupted officials to be able to move their money out.” [Source]