Las Vegas Sands is No Longer Interested in Japan

Las Vegas Sands is one of the biggest and most successful casino companies in the United States. For years, this company has discussed opening a new casino-resort in Japan. Interestingly, news is now coming out that this company is giving up its plans to break into the Japanese market.Las Vegas Sands Logo

It’s not entirely surprising. It will be very tough for any major casino company to invest billions into a new property right now. Today, we’re going to discuss the reasons that Las Vegas Sands is now choosing to stay out of Japan.

Let’s get into it!

Officials Within LVS Continue Looking at Plans to Reopen Las Vegas Casinos

The past two months have been the hardest-ever for Las Vegas casino companies. All of the companies with casino-resorts in this city have seen their revenue plummet after being forced to shut down. Incredibly, it’s still unclear when exactly casinos in Las Vegas will be able to open their doors again.

That isn’t stopping casino companies from coming up with plans to reopen their casinos. Las Vegas Sands has been one of the most active companies working to reopen its gaming venues. Company officials have proposed many measures to safely allow guests in again.

Fortunately, things are improving. Last week, the Nevada Gaming Commission approved a set of guidelines for reopening casinos. This government body wants to ensure that casino companies are taking the necessary steps to protect their employees and patrons.

Company officials at LVS already have several safety measures planned. That includes multiple Covid-19 tests for its employees. As most already know, this company owns and operates the Venetian and Palazzo Hotel-Casinos. LVS plans on doing multiple tests for its employees before the casinos reopen.

If all goes according to plan, things will start getting back on track sometime in June. Until that time, however, companies like Las Vegas Sands will continue to lose a huge amount of revenue every single day. News is now coming out that this company is giving up its plans to break into Japan.

Las Vegas Sands Announces it’s Giving Up Casino Plans in Japan

For many years, Japan had some of the strictest gambling laws in the world. The government here worked to ban virtually all forms of traditional gambling. To the surprise of many, things changed in 2018 when lawmakers here decided to legalize casinos.

Under the set of laws, three casino-resorts will be given permission to open in this country. Many analysts predict that Japan will quickly grow to become one of the most lucrative casino markets in the entire world. As a result, many of the top casino companies in the United States have been pushing to obtain a casino license here.

That includes Las Vegas Sands. Initially, this company announced it wanted to open an integrated resort in the city of Osaka. Later, it abandoned these plans and claimed it was focused on opening a gambling venue in Tokyo.

Now, it seems this company is giving up its plans to break into the Japanese market. According to a report by Bloomberg, the fact that casino licenses would only be good for 10 years was a major factor in this decision. LVS CEO Sheldon Adelson released a statement on this situation to the media this week.

“We are grateful for all of the friendships we have formed and the strong relationships we have in Japan, but it is time for our company to focus our energy on other opportunities,” Adelson said. 

Many believe the situation at home in Las Vegas is also playing a major factor in this decision. It would cost an incredible amount of revenue to open a Japanese casino-resort and at the moment, all US casino companies are bleeding money.

Which Major Casino in Las Vegas Will Open First?

In some ways, casino companies in Las Vegas have been in a race to reopen. All of the companies here have been working with city and state officials on ways to safely resume operations. With guidelines now approved, many feel we’re just a few weeks away from seeing the Las Vegas Strip reopen.

It’s still unclear which of these casino-resorts will be the first to reopen. Not long ago, we reported that some of MGM Resorts’ properties including the New York-New York Hotel & Casino and The Bellagio might be the first to open again. Some now feel that the casinos owned by Las Vegas Sands will be the first to start accepting guests again.

As we mentioned earlier, this company already has a number of safety measures set in place. Guests and employees will be required to wear masks. Thermal cameras may also be installed to identify those with fevers.

Some feel Wynn Resorts will be the first casino company to get things back on track. Not long ago, news broke that this company saw its revenue decline by 42% for the first three months of the year. Officials are doing everything they can to change that trend for 2020’s second quarter.

The truth is that no one knows when Las Vegas will start getting back to normal. Things are constantly changing and Governor Steve Sisolak may decide to extend the state’s current measures. It’s an incredibly tough situation.

We’ll need to wait for more news on Las Vegas’ casino plans. Stay tuned for updates!