South Korean Casinos impatiently waiting for the Chinese tourism spat to end

Published on : Thursday, July 20, 2017

Chinese tourismOn Sunday, Gongzi Jeju, the latest casino in Jeju Island of South Korea, made for foreigners-only was officially launched.

The Gongzi Jeju Casino is located within the Ramada Plaza Jeju Hotel complex, hosted a “pre-launch gala ceremony” in April 2017 following the completion of an extensive overhaul program to alter its bygone image when it was known as Ramada Plaza Jeju Casino.

In this startling new property, one can witness 40k-square-feett gaming floor with 45 gaming tables and 24 electronic gambling machines. The opening ceremony and its invitees witnessed lion dance, laser show, K-pop singers and a gala dinner.

Gongzi Jeju chief operating officer Lysa Evans explained that the vision of the property owner was “to create a gaming experience in a location that was accessible, with fantastic natural scenery and relaxing entertainment.”

Gongzi Jeju’s operators were more interested to highlight the closeness of Jeju’s international airport and shipping docks to their venue.

Ongoing diplomatic spat between South Korea and China have consistently adversely affected South Korea’s casinos ever since March. Jeju’s conventional supplier of international tourists – over the deployment of a US anti-missile missile system suffered.

As per the statistics of Jeju Tourism Organization, China estimated for 84% of the island’s overseas visitors last year. In March, Jeju’s Chinese tourist numbers fell 56.2% and had fallen over 89% by the end of June.


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