In reply to Allin Media’s enquiry, junket operator Tak Chun Group has confirmed that its VIP room at L’Arc Hotel had suspended operation starting from 28 February, and that all related employees would be relocated to other VIP rooms.
Commenting on the controversial voluntary resignation scheme previously introduced by the company, Tak Chun pointed out that the scheme was launched in response to staff requests, adding that the benefits and compensation involved in the scheme were much better than those stipulated by the Labour Law.
Tak Chun explained that the scheme was closed for application only one day after it was launched because the staff response was too overwhelming; it emphasized that the scheme was not closed due to the media attention it had attracted. It added that due to the large number of voluntary resignation applications, it would take some time before proper arrangements could be made.
Tak Chun noted that it was inevitable for an industry to face ups and downs in a free economy, and that it was normal for a firm to readjust the allocation of its resources in the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic. It underlined the fact that although there were hurdles ahead, it was still optimistic about the future and would continue to support the Macau government’s goal of turning Macau into a world tourism and leisure hub.
Rumours about closures of VIP rooms by local junket operators have been circulating recently but the leading player Suncity has earlier denied such false claims. Suncity has told Allin Media that it has no plans for staff layoffs and it is planning some strategic personnel reallocation to prepare for the opening of new VIP rooms at the Londoners and Grand Lisboa Palace.