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Venetian Macao aims to transform Chinese gambling enclave into full-fledged resort city

Venetian Macao aims to transform Chinese gambling enclave into full-fledged resort city

Casinos like the Wynn and Sands have already helped this southern coastal Chinese city surpass the Las Vegas Strip as the world's most lucrative gambling center.
The Venetian, scheduled to open Tuesday, aims to take a further step and transform Macau from a gambling pit stop for Chinese tourists to a vacation and business convention destination, where visitors can spend a few days shopping, watching shows _ and rolling the dice.
Macau's casinos are currently scattered across the territory, which comprises a peninsula connected to mainland China and the outlying Cotai island.
American billionaire Sheldon Adelson hopes his Venetian Macao Resort Hotel on Cotai will help launch a massive, concentrated resort area he calls the Cotai Strip, after its Las Vegas counterpart.
The Venetian is located in what will be the largest building in Asia and the second largest in the world. The largest is a Boeing Co. plant in the northwestern U.S. state of Washington.
With gondoliers sailing down canals, the 3,000-room Venetian tries to recreate the beauty of Venice. The complex also boasts a 15,000-seat sports arena, retail space for 350 stores, 1.2 million square feet (108,000 square meters) of convention space, fine dining and a Cirque du Soleil-produced show.
That's just for starters. Adelson also plans to open more hotels under brands like Four Seasons, Sheraton and St. Regis next door. In all, his Las Vegas Sands Corp., which also runs the Sands Macao on the Macau peninsula, plans to invest up to US$12 billion (


Updated : 2021-08-04 13:34 GMT+08:00