Vietnam Casinos Target Chinese Mainland Visitors with No Access to Macao
    2010-04-27 14:20:03     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang Xu

Vietnam's new casino project on its border with China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is aimed at attracting visitors from the Chinese mainland who are not capable of accessing Macao due to visa restrictions imposed by China's central government, the Macao Post daily reported Tuesday, quoting a visiting Vietnamese entrepreneur.

The Chinese mainland authority restricts the number of trips made by residents in big cities to the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), the only place in China where gambling is legal, and those who live in remote inland places have to undergo complex procedures so as to gain access to the Macao SAR.

Vietnam would like to exploit the "gap" left by the travel restriction, and "our customers will come from the Chinese mainland", the daily quoted Uong Tin Nghia, general manager of Langson International, as saying at a seminar held here Monday. The company holds one of the seven casino licenses in Vietnam.

The gaming project at the Vietnamese town Langson, located just 10 km off the border with China, was designed to include 12 individual casinos with 3,200 hotel rooms and will offer integrated leisure facilities, which were scheduled to be completed this year, according to Uong.

The daily also quoted Uong as saying that the Vietnamese government was considering establishing a "green channel" by 2012 at the border crossing with China, which would allow Chinese visitors to enter the country without visa for a short period of time.

Uong also said he would like to invite Macao investors to invest in the Vietnam projects.

Being the world's No.1 gaming hub in terms of gaming revenues, Macao is home to more than 30 casinos, with a lion's share of the city's gaming revenues coming from the mainland visitors.


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