Outrageous pronouncements, simple statements and words of wisdom.

“Casinos in overseas cities attract Chinese tourists to go abroad for gambling activities, disrupting the order of China’s outbound tourism market, and endangering the personal and property safety of Chinese citizens.”
Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism, announcing restrictions on travel by Chinese nationals to blacklisted foreign gambling tourist destinations

“I’m touched by this honor and I know Roy, if he were here, would love to see our names permanently placed above the Strip.”
Siegfried Fischbacher, after a street near the Las Vegas Mirage was renamed Siegfried and Roy Drive. Fischbacher and his partner, the late Roy Horn, performed there from 1990 to 2003

“It was very difficult to lay off the number of people that we did—just over 700 of our total workforce, which was 800. We’re still concerned about the level of business that we’ll have, so we’re making sure that our workforce fits our business levels.”
Todd Papineau, general manager, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort in Hogansburg, New York, which reopened on August 31. Papineau said more employees will return as business builds

“We do see things getting better. We do see things over time getting to where we want to be. It’s going to take time here, but there are good things on the horizon and we do hear good things from our customers.”
David Sisk, COO of Macau resorts, Melco Resorts & Entertainment, on the slow return of casino patrons

“Why would anybody fly from Delhi to Goa to spend the evening watching TV in the hotel room? The casinos and cruise ships are the icons of Goa.”
Shrinivas Nayak, casino and hotel owner in the Indian state of Goa, who wants the government to offer tax breaks to offset the loss of hospitality revenue

“I don’t think we will have a sudden change this Golden Week … It’s better to recover gradually.”
Angela Leong, SJM Holdings executive director, warning that Macau should not relax health and safety measures to bring more visitors for the October holiday

“We’ve been riding on their coattails as they’ve been growing. Clearly, we bet on the right horse.”
Joe Asher, CEO, William Hill US, speaking the sportsbook’s relationship with Caesars Entertainment

“We’re eagerly looking forward to welcoming everyone back.”
Justin Moore, general manager, Rivers Casino Schenectady after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state’s five-month gaming lockdown is over