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Global Management Forum 2019

Casino operator says Japan can 'easily' double tourists

Melco's Ho and Red Planet Hotels' Hansing suggest boom won't end with Olympics

Melco Resorts and Entertainment Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho is eyeing a large integrated resort project in Yokohama. (Photo by Karina Nooka)

TOKYO -- Japan can "easily" meet its target of doubling the number of foreign tourists, the head of Hong Kong-based casino operator Melco Resorts & Entertainment told a conference on Tuesday.

"A lot has changed in Japan for the better in terms of the accessibility for international visitors," Lawrence Ho, Melco's chairman and CEO, said during a speech at the Nikkei Global Management Forum in Tokyo. "60 million is a very easy figure to accomplish."

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