Ill., Wis. towns race to build casino | Caesars Southern Ind. on track to open by year's end | Sands deal may help NV Energy keep customers
May 17, 2019
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Ill., Wis. towns race to build casino
The mayor of Rockford, Ill., is eager to gain state approval for a casino project, citing a competing tribal casino project in nearby Beloit, Wis. "We cannot afford to be outflanked by our neighbors up north yet again," Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said.
Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.) (5/16) 
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Innovations and Trends
Media coverage of betting likely to benefit casinos
Gaming companies could benefit from expanded coverage of betting by Fox and ESPN. "We are still in the early innings in overall legal sports betting, but the market does look like it will be significant for casino operators," according to analyst Brian McGill.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (5/16) 
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International Gaming
Sands makes case for Osaka casino resort
Las Vegas Sands Corp. says it wants to develop a casino resort in Osaka, Japan. "We're the only operator that has active operation in the top three integrated resort markets in the world, and they're all distinctively different," said George Tanasijevich, CEO of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
GGRAsia (Macao) (5/16) 
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Tribal Gaming
House disregards White House opposition to Mass. tribal casino
The House has passed a bill that is key to the development of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino in Massachusetts, disregarding pressure from the White House to oppose the legislation.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/15) 
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Hospitality Trends
Hilton spices Lyft amenity with loyalty linkage
Hilton spices Lyft amenity with loyalty linkage
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Hilton Hotels and its ride-sharing partner, Lyft, plan to merge their loyalty programs, benefiting guests and passengers. Customers who connect to HiltonHonorsLyft.com will receive Hilton Honors points for every Lyft ride when the program begins and, later this year, will be able to use points to pay for rides.
Skift (5/14) 
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