Introducing Manila: The next luxury gaming destination

  • World’s fourth-largest city rivalling Macau and Singapore as gaming capital
  • Leading integrated entertainment resort brands making their move to Manila

The Filipino capital Manila is coming up fast along the rails as the next luxury hot spot for travellers. Within the Forbes Travel Guide’s 2017 Star Awards list, Manila features two five-star hotels – the Sky Tower at Solaire Resort and Casino and Marco Polo Ortigas Manila – as it moves to rival south-east Asian neighbors Macau and Singapore as a center for gaming.

Could the Philippines be next gaming destination
Could the Philippines be the next gaming destination of choice

Just two years ago, Euromonitor International’s comprehensive list of the world’s most visited regions saw five of its top ten destinations based in Asia, notably Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore, however Manila failed to even make the top 100 overall.

Yet all that is soon to change with the world’s fourth-biggest city getting increasing interest from some of the world’s biggest entertainment resort brands. Resorts World Bayshore, with its expansive hotel complexes featuring gaming, entertainment and fine dining, will be moving into Manila from 2019.

Manila already well set up

Arguably the biggest attraction in Manila at present is Entertainment City, where many of these integrated entertainment resorts reside in the Filipino government-sponsored economic development zone.

Rajesh Jhingon, senior vice president of resort operations, Solaire Resort & Casino, said: “Manila is one of the fastest-growing cities with a lot of economic activities and due to this, there is an increase in the number of high-end brands coming to the Philippines, be it retail, experiential travel, beach destinations or diving.”

It’s not just casinos and poker tables that are making people sit up and take notice of Manila either. These integrated resorts also offer high-class theater, as well as exclusive nightlife locations for VIP gamblers and customers.

The acceptable climate does much to entice tourists to Manila too, with its glistening-white beaches growing in popularity month after month.

The arrival of these luxury entertainment brands has done much to improve the economic stability in Manila and the Philippines as a whole, allowing the government to inject funds in revolutionizing the city’s transport infrastructure in the process.

Although safety concerns still linger throughout the city, optimism is in the air.

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