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MICEBTN - M AY 2015 • Page 59 Incheon casino complex will use US Indian brand AN INTEGRATED hotel-casino resor t with vast entertainment, retail, hospitality and meeting facilities and a world-first link to a bizjet terminal is to be built on an 800-acre site adjoining Korea’s Incheon International Airport. The extraordinary project is a joint venture between the airport corporation and the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, which operates and regulates gaming activities on a 544-acre reservation in south east Connecticut owned by the Mohegan Tribe. Through subsidiaries, it also owns and operates a gaming and entertainment complex in Pennsylvania and manages Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. The Incheon complex will operate under the Mohegan Sun brand. While the layout is still fluid, the venture will include a two-tower 1000-room hotel, 300 6-star rooms, the bizjet terminal, a casino with 250 tables and 1500 slot machines, a massive indoor-outdoor amusement park, an arena with a capacity of up to 20,000, a Korean village celebrating Korean food and music, a film studio, top-end retail stores, other restaurants and bars and a Native American cultural and arts experience. Another unusual highlight will be a Korean cosmetics and beauty hub that the developers say will promote “Korea’s dominance in Asia in this area”. STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD www.wanderlustservices.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org - Marketing tactics - Sales representation - Professional solutions tailored to suit your needs In an increasingly crowded marketplace Wanderlust expertise gives your company the marketing edge Bedrooms in the sky, more first/business classes.... With premium travellers worth so much, will the next focus be airport upgrades? Airports ‘the battleground’ The numbers are staggering – and their implica- tions for business/premium travellers are immense, not least because international airports already are bottlenecks and most need to expand without having the space to do so. Global forecast aviation growth already has prompted cities including Sydney, London and Manila to plan new or radically-different airport solutions. London continues to agonise over expansion options for Heathrow, Gatwick and other airports in England’s south east, while Dubai is building a city (an aerotropolis) around one new facility and the Philippines’ government plans a new city, airport and special economic zone on 36.6 square miles of farmland. Closer to home, Sydney will have a sister airport at Badgerys Creek while most other major Australian ports have ambitious airport plans, some already being implemented. Elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region, Tokyo has opened Haneda to more international carriers, while Hong Kong airport is considering another runway and Beijing is building a second airport. In India, public-private partnerships (PPPs) are generating billions of dollars for airport investments. Bengaluru’s new airport has been so well received that new carrier AirAsia India is expected to move its hub there (from Chennai). Also, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has in the past few years advanced plans to make airports more user-friendly by speeding passenger throughput without sacrificing security. IATA’s plans involve using advanced explosives de- tection systems and personal traveller data in com- bination to allow screening as passengers walk from the front door to the departure gate at airports. Yet even this – welcome as it is – requires signif- icant investment in existing and new airports and not every operator has the space or deep pockets needed. Only a few things are sure bets: More airports will be bigger (to accommodate more planes and more diverse passenger segmentation. They’re going to affect long-term planning of access roads, river/canal and rail links. And somehow, everyone involved in taking our money is going to claim we’re getting more bang for our travel buck.