Having to do with Darwin in Macau


Everybody Needs An Ape That Thinks
Of Apes and Men – of Change and Adaptation – and of old Charlie Darwin

“What does that have to do with Darwin?” My sister asked about the last two blogs on Macau.  Tongue in cheek I answered, “James Packer was born in Darwin Australia.”  I have no idea where Packer was born; however, I do know his father was a legend in the gaming world – when he went to Las Vegas he gambled, sometimes winning, sometimes losing but in either case the numbers were huge, 10s of millions of dollars.  When he died his son became the richest lad in the land down under.  But the blogs were not about Packer, but about the evolving and adapting and the changing conditions in Macau.  The casinos in Macau are realizing there are not enough high-rolling gamblers in China; therefore they are out seeking customers in other places; but more significantly they are trying to get past a “hard core” gamblers image and trying to attract families.  Both City of Dreams and Sands China are trying, but with slightly different tactics; City of Dreams by building attractions for families and Sands by selling directly to families in India.  And that is the Darwian connection; the Sands like the marine iguana is looking in places where it faces no competition from other casinos in Macau for customers, while the City of Dreams is changing itself to be more attractive that its competitors to a larger and more diverse array of customers.  It was startling to me because in maturity terms Macau is very young and yet it is already being forced to adapt by changing and by reaching outside of its traditional market for customers.  Both approaches would fit perfectly into the meadow at Down House where Darwin studied nature and that he used as a model for his concept of diversification.  And there Susan is your answer.

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2 Responses to “Having to do with Darwin in Macau”


  1. 1 Rita P Best September 26, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Well done!

  2. 2 Rita P Best September 26, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Great photo by the way! rb


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