DATES FOR THE 2021 DIARY

As we head into the holiday season, The Drop will be taking a break for a few weeks, but we thought you might want to make note of some of the major industry events coming up in 2021.  Here’s a list,…

LOOKING FOR A MODEL WHILE FLYING BLIND

Depending on where you mark the beginning, December is either the ninth, tenth, or eleventh month since the COVID-19 coronavirus hit both the world economy and the gaming industry.  As the experts predicted,…

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES ARE INNOVATION LEADERS

Australia has been a standout performer when it comes to innovation, according to a recent study. A new study commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by IDC Asia Pacific, found that more Australian…

AUSTRALIAN CASINO NEWS

1. Crown Sydney to commence first non-gaming operations on 28 December after regulator grants interim liquor license Australia’s Crown Resorts says it will commence the operation of some non-gaming…

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY BOUNCE BACK IN 2021?

Right now, the Australian hospitality industry feels like it’s in no man’s land. The Christmas season is in full swing, Melbourne is returning from a hellish lockdown with a vengeance, and some restaurants…

COMPETING ISSUES: GAME LONGEVITY VS PERFORMANCE

As managers, we all want to buy the latest and greatest games in the market, but if you are a venue that doesn’t make it into the Top 50 each quarter then the likelihood that you can continue to purchase…

PANANIA HOTEL USES THE “HOTEL CHARTER” AS INSPIRATION FOR MAJOR RENOVATION

Throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns, many publicans were faced with a dramatic change to their business model:  not just with the strict lockdowns for several months, but now following reopening with a…

ETHICS AND CONFIDENTIALITY FOR GAMING STAFF

No matter where we look these days, the news feeds are filled with what seems like a never-ending lack of morals and principles. And in today’s world of social media, what happens behind closed doors,…

UNITE & RAISE BUSHFIRE APPEAL

In February this year Smart Exposure and the Bushfire Appeal Committee held a hospitality industry fundraising event to assist south coast NSW communities that had battled valiantly through the devastating…

FOOD & BEVERAGE TRENDS FOR RESTAURANTS AND BARS IN 2021

Being an industry that relies heavily upon human interaction, the hospitality sector has been among those to suffer most this year amid lockdowns and restrictions. As health and safety protocols everywhere…