Asia round-up: Thailand and China’s pledge, Macau visitation figures & BetMakers

BetMakers Technology has partnered with Victorian Thoroughbred Racing IMB for the digital distribution of Racing.com’s live content to wagering service providers in Australia.    

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The supplier says its partnership will allow it to embed Victorian live horseracing content into its platform and integrate streaming solutions provided to wagering services.   

BetMakers CEO Todd Buckingham said: “BetMakers is delighted to reach an agreement with Victorian Thoroughbred Racing as a distribution partner for Racing.com’s live horseracing vision.   

“Making this top-quality content available to more consumers will drive increased interest and wagering in Victorian horseracing. The content will also continue to bridge the product gap for BetMakers’ platform customers and is the first of many exciting updates we will roll out in this space.  
  
“BetMakers is committed to working with racing bodies and rights holders to broaden distribution and reach more customers. This type of integration and partnership with Victorian Thoroughbred Racing enables us to deliver value to our customers and benefit rights holders, so it’s a fantastic example of a win-win for all parties.” 

Macau visitation up 4% for October 

Macau’s tally of visitor arrivals grew 4% month-on-month for October, as the region’s travel restrictions continue to relax post-Covid-19.  

The increase also comes following a 33% rise in daily volume during China’s “Golden Week” at the start of the month. Data from Macau’s Statistics and Census Service recorded a total of 580,333 arrivals in October. 

Macau’s Government Tourism Office said of tourism figures: “[Visitation represented] a 77% rise year-on-year, on account of a relatively low base of comparison in October last year which resulted from the pandemic.” 

“Both sides agreed to exchange best practices and governance experiences in areas of mutual benefit, such as health, poverty alleviation and rural development”

Thailand and China, Official Statement

The main body of Macau’s tourists came from Mainland China, with visitors from here rising 72% year-on-year to 518,843 tourists.  

Thailand and China pledge to strengthen online anti-gambling efforts 

In a joint statement, the governments of Thailand and China have agreed to strengthen their cooperation to clamp down on transnational crimes linked to illegal online gambling. 

The statement read: “Both sides agreed to exchange best practices and governance experiences in areas of mutual benefits, such as health, poverty alleviation and rural development, and strengthening cooperation on combatting transnational crimes, in particular drug trafficking, online gambling and call centre scam operations.” 

The agreement came on Saturday 19 November, after China’s President Xi Jinping finished an official visit to the country.  

Xi Jinping was in Bangkok for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, which included a selection of Asia-Pacific nations.  

The news of the joint pledge against illegal online gambling comes after China made a similar agreement with Vietnam, which committed to crack down on cross-border gambling.  

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