Singapore's Integrated Resorts: The New Game in Town


The two integrated resorts in Singapore will be fully operational by the second quarter of this year. IPS is convening a roundtable to take stock of the impact with the opening of the casinos in the resorts in Singapore, set within a discussion of broader context of developments in the gaming industry worldwide. Dr Derek da Cunha, author of “Singapore Places its Bets: Casinos, Foreign Talent and Remaking a City-state” and Mr Ronald Tan, a seasoned consultant for the gaming industry, will be speaking at the IPS Roundtable.



Ronald Tan has been a consultant in the retail, leisure, hospitality and gaming industry for the past 35 years, and presently consults for several hotel owners in the Asia Pacific region, including the Intercontinental Hotel Group. Since 1981 he has been advocating the establishment of a casino in Singapore, and has written and held a few discussions with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on the subject. 

His experience in gaming and casinos started in 1970 when he represented the Genting Group in Singapore. Until 1981, when he launched the Econ Minimart chain in Singapore, he had dealings with a few casino operators in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Macau, Philippines and Jakarta. He has consulted for the Federal Pacific Group in Australia and the Mecca Leisure Group in the UK, as well as spoken at various casino conferences in the region. 

Derek da Cunha, a Singapore national, is an independent scholar. He is the author of Singapore Places its Bets: Casinos, Foreign Talent and Remaking a City-state (192pp, 2010). His other single-authored work is the book The Price of Victory: The 1997 Singapore General Election and Beyond (1997). 

He is also the editor of the volumes Debating Singapore: Reflective Essays (1994), and Singapore in the New Millennium: Challenges Facing the City-State (2002). He has M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in the field of international relations from Cambridge University and the Australian National University respectively. 

Dr da Cunha’s research interests are eclectic. Beyond political and social commentary, he has also written extensively on defence and security issues. He is currently working on two books: one on a socio-political theme, and another related to an appraisal of the evolving geopolitical situation in Southeast Asia.




Media report:

Thursday, 04 February 2010
3.30 pm to 5.00 pm

National University of Singapore,Bukit Timah Campus – Law Faculty Block B, Level 2, Seminar 2-1