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Macau Casino Developments to Great Visitors

4 December 2003

MACAU – As reported by the BBC: "The former Portuguese enclave of Macau in south-eastern China is preparing for its busiest weekend of the year.

"Tens of thousands of visitors are expected for the annual Macau Grand Prix. And when they arrive they will see two huge developments taking shape along the harbour front.

"A major shake-up of Macau's gambling laws has, for the first time, allowed foreign operators to compete for a share of Macau's biggest business, the gaming industry.

"…David Chow is a Macau entrepreneur, who is recreating a corner of Ancient Egypt in his casino.

"…The so-called high rollers - the hard core gamblers - who come here to Macau, do not tend to stay more than a day. Mr Chow wants to change that. He has big plans for gaming in his city.

"…With dancehalls, discos, slot machines and rides, Fisherman's Wharf, the new venture he is building nearby with another local tycoon, will be quite different to anything else here already.

"…On the Macau waterfront an American company called Venetian is building an exact replica of one of its properties in Las Vegas - it will be a casino and entertainment complex.

"…When it is finished the new resort and casino should look like a Las Vegas Hotel, transported to the Far East…"

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