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Crown's Asia Pullback Risks Choking the Flow of Overseas Visitors to Casinos

  • Crown appears to have closed eight offices across Asia
  • Overseas visitors drum up more than third of domestic revenue
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Photographer: Billy H.C. Kwok/Bloomberg

Crown Resorts Ltd.’s apparent dismantling of its Asian office network threatens to choke the flow of overseas visitors to the company’s Australian casinos and a planned $1.5 billion flagship resort in Sydney.

Crown’s offices in eight Asian countries from Macau to Indonesia which helped attract gamblers in the region to its resorts in Australia appear to have closed. Staff who were detained in China in October are due to appear next week in a Shanghai court on charges related to promoting gambling, and billionaire James Packer’s company now lists Hong Kong as its sole international outpost.