The official nominations for the 2023 IAG Academy IR Awards were announced on Thursday 24 August 2023. They are as follows:
Division 1: RESORT OFFERINGS
Elements of Asia-Pacific based Integrated Resorts other than gaming.
Awarded to the integrated resort with the best architectural design and features in the Asia-Pacific region. This award acknowledges broad visual appeal by way of both sheer overall impact externally as well as the ambience of internal spaces.
2. Best IR Resort Attraction
Awarded to the best non-gaming attraction in an integrated resort in the Asia-Pacific region, judged on innovation, popularity and to what extent the product attracts guests to the resort and diversifies its offerings. Any offering in an IR other than gaming is eligible, including F&B outlets, retail offerings, entertainment, spa and wellness and architectural spaces
- Bloomberry Resorts Corporation for the Sky Range Shooting Club, Solaire [view PDF]
- Galaxy Entertainment Group for the Grand Resort Deck, Galaxy Macau [view video] [view PDF]
- Marina Bay Sands for the SkyPark Observation Deck [view video] [view PDF]
- Melco Resorts & Entertainment for the Studio City Water Park [view PDF]
- Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment for the Fountain at Okada Manila [view video] [view PDF]
3. Best Overall Retail Offering by an IR
Awarded to the Asia Pacific-based integrated resort with the best overall retail offering. Criteria includes the array of retail options on offer, general appeal of the facilities provided and popularity among shoppers.
4. Best Overall F&B Offering by an IR
Awarded to the Asia Pacific-based integrated resort acknowledged as having the best overall food and beverage offering across its total footprint, taking into consideration the breadth of offering as well as the overall quality of all F&B outlets at the resort.
5. Best Hotel Attached to an IR
Awarded to the best hotel attached to an Asia Pacific-based integrated resort, taking all relevant aspects into consideration. Criteria includes range and quality of rooms and suites, facilities on offer and overall service provided.
Division 2: GAMING OFFERINGS
Gaming elements of Asia-Pacific based Integrated Resorts.
6. Best Slot Solution
Awarded to the industry supplier with the slot solution acknowledged as the best in the industry. Criteria includes innovation, player appeal and proven performance across key Asia-Pacific markets.
7. Best ETG Solution
Awarded to the industry supplier with the electronic table game solution acknowledged as the best in the industry. Criteria includes innovation, player appeal and proven performance across key Asia-Pacific markets.
8. Best Table Game Solution
Awarded to the industry supplier with the table game solution acknowledged as the best in the industry. Criteria includes innovation, player appeal and proven performance across key Asia-Pacific markets.
- Abbiati for Abbiati tables
- Angel Group for Angel Eye Complete
- Light & Wonder for GM Atlas
- Walker Digital Table Systems for Perfect Pay
9. Best Membership Program
Awarded to the IR operator with the best membership program in the Asia-Pacific region.
10. Best Gaming Floor
Awarded to the IR operator with most outstanding gaming floor in the Asia-Pacific region.
DIVISION 3: CORPORATE AWARDS
Elements that relate to overall governance and activities of companies that operate Asia-Pacific based Integrated Resort businesses.
11. Best CSR Initiative
Awarded to the Asia-Pacific Integrated Resort operator that developed the best individual CSR initiative over the past year, judged on innovation and positive impact for the community.
- NagaCorp for Environmental Care Program [view video]
- Galaxy Entertainment Group for the IR Youth Development Program [view PDF]
- MGM China for Artistic Swimming Elite Extravaganza [view video] [view PDF]
- Wynn Macau for the Wynn Cup (Macau Primary School Student National Education Drawing Competition) [view PDF]
12. Best Overall CSR Program
Awarded to the Asia-Pacific Integrated Resort operator that has offered the strongest overall contribution in all areas of Corporate Social Responsibility, with the most positive impact for the communities in which it operates as well as broader societies in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Galaxy Entertainment Group for Giving Back to Society [view PDF]
- Hoiana Resort & Golf for Hoiana Cares [view video] [view PDF]
- Melco Resorts & Entertainment for Simple Acts of Kindness [view PDF]
- NagaWorld for Kind Hearts Program [view video]
- Newport World Resorts for I Love Earth [view video] [view PDF]
13. Best Legal and Compliance Program
Awarded to the IR operator with the best legal and compliance program in the Asia-Pacific region. Nominees will be judged on how well they balance their gaming operations with the regulatory requirements of the jurisdictions within which they operate.
14. Best IR Workplace
Awarded to the Asia-Pacific Integrated Resort operator acknowledged as providing the best overall workplace environment for its staff, at both senior management and front-line staff levels.
15. Best Corporate Image
Awarded to the Asia-Pacific Integrated Resort operator that has established the most positive corporate brand image amongst all such operators over the past year.
DIVISION 4: INDUSTRY AWARDS
Elements relating to the wider industry of and serving Integrated Resorts in the Asia-Pacific region.
16. Best Industry Solution
Awarded to the company which has developed the best industry land-based solution. This solution can serve either gaming or non-gaming operations and can be a long-standing solution.
17. Best Industry Innovation
Awarded to the company which has developed the best recent innovation for the land-based industry with the greatest impact. This solution can serve either gaming or non-gaming operations.
18. Best Industry Supplier
Awarded to the company offering the most overall outstanding products and/or services to the Asia-Pacific Integrated Resort industry over the last year, considering all relevant elements includes product range, service delivery and value to the industry as a whole.
19. Best Regional Asia-Pacific IR
Awarded to the best Integrated Resort (with gaming) in the Asia-Pacific region not located in the multibillion-dollar investment hubs of Macau and Singapore.
20. Best Integrated Resort
Awarded to the most outstanding Integrated Resort (with gaming) in entire Asia-Pacific region.
Hall of Honor
Honoring respected executives in the Asia-Pacific Integrated Resort industry.
Awarded to three industry performers turning 40 or younger in the year of the Awards (date of birth 1 Jan 1983 or later), who have demonstrated consistent leadership and innovation, with great potential for more to come.
Awarded to three senior industry executives who have demonstrated consistent contribution to the overall growth and success of the industry with lasting results, through great leadership, innovation and/or other activities, and who have gained the respect of their industry peers. With three industry icons inducted in 2021, and none in 2022 due to the pandemic, the 2023 awards will see the total number of industry icons grow to six.
Awarded to the industry CEO (or highest management officer in an industry organization) who, in the opinion of the judges, has shown the most innovation, creativity, leadership and original thinking leading to positive outcomes and incremental value for his or her organization.