24 Dec '12, 7am

Philippines positioning itself as Asia's next gaming hub

MANILA: Gaming destinations like Macau and Singapore are set for competition from the Philippines, once its new sprawling gaming complex becomes fully operational in 2016. In this three-part series, Channel NewsAsia looks at how the Philippines is trying to position itself as Asia's next gaming hub. Round-the-clock construction for a massive casino complex is underway in the heart of Manila. Located just 15 minutes from the airport, the 120-hectare gaming and entertainment centre - called Entertainment City - is Manila's answer to the Las Vegas Strip. Mr Francis Hernando, Vice President of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, said: "Essentially what it is, it's more of a tourist destination and less, hopefully, of a gaming destination. And for that matter, we have mandated that over 90 per cent of all the offerings within Entertainment City should be non-gaming...

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