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Macau – The Integrated Resorts Capital of Asia
January 10, 2008, 3:09 pm
Filed under: Integrated Resorts, Macau, MGM Grand Macau, Venetian Macau, Wynn Macau Resort.

Macau (澳門) is without dispute the integrated resort capital of Asia. The gaming, hospitality, and tourism industry reputedly accounts for more than 50% of the country’s GDP and 70% of government revenue. At the paragon of the chain are its three newest arrivals: The Venetian Macau, MGM Grand Macau, and Wynn Macau Resort. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

The Venetian Macau


The MGM Grand

The Wynn Macau Resort

The new Macau integrated resorts are monuments of luxury and the most acute manifestations of conspicuous consumption. Gamblers will mostly head to the casino halls, quite oblivious to anything else, but those with an interest in architecture, design, photography, and consumer psychology would find much fodder for thought.

Other Macau lights and sights

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3 Comments so far
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Yo Dav, personally, I am never a fan of casinos…coz well..let’s say I know some people who are hit with gambling problems and such. Integrated resorts without the casino part works for me… 😛

But off topic aside…interesting to note tho..we all know that the casino industry is worth billions, trillions, etc etc. The Venetian for example was built for like $1.6b and guess when they broke even? In 10 months..woah… 😉

Comment by Jason Ho

Hi Jason, I have no interest whatsoever in gambling as well. Even though casino owners insist that the IRs derive only a small percentage of their revenues from the casinos, I take it with a large pinch of salt. Nonetheless, it was quite an eye-opener to witness the opulence and sheer scale of IRs such as the Venetian Macau.

Comment by sojourneys

Nice snapshot of Macau. YOu just went there recently? My last trip there in 2005 didn’t have many of the buildings which recently popped up like Wynn and Venetian. Although there is the glitz and glamour as captured by the larger than life icons of hedonism, I recalled that what struck me most were the expressions of people on the gambling tables and slot machines. There weren’t any, which is probably where the phrase “poker face” came from!

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