The fight is on between Macau and Las Vegas to provide the best Chinese gambling holidays. It seems like Macau might win but Las Vegas is fighting back.
Chinese Gambling Holidays – Increased flight options
Gambling in banned in China so 1.4 billion people are prevented from casino gambling. They can do that abroad and the two best options for a Chinese gambling holiday are Las Vegas and Macau, a former Portuguese colony on the coast of China.
Up until now there have been no direct flights from China to Las Vegas but that has now changed. From 2nd December Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines is flying direct to Las Vegas 3 days a week from Beijing. McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has been kitted out with new signage in Chinese and Mandarin to mark the occasion. Hainan Airlines already have non-stop flights to 5 other American cities.
There are numerous international flights to Macau, many carriers recognise demand for the Macau as a gambling centre. It is a popular destination for holidays. However, Macau is fighting hard to support more gambling visitors with new resort casinos opening and much upgrading to infrastructure over the next few years. Hainan Airlines commenced a new flight service between Haikou and Macau last year. Many other airlines serving China are increasing flights to Macau in recognition that it is a premier gambling resort, especially for the Chinese. It is much closer for them than Las Vega.
Macau or Las Vegas?
Both resorts offer the highest opportunities for gambling tourists. Las Vegas might have the edge providing world class entertainment but Macau is just a short hop from China.
Las Vegas and Macau are now the two most popular gambling destinations in the world. Gambling revenue in Macau increased by 14.4 per cent during November, it is now five times more than in Las Vegas. So, the two gambling centres of the world are now fighting for the business.
The new Chinese themed resort hotel, the Lucky Dragon, has just opened in Las Vegas, it is an amazing resort. One of the newest hotels for gambling holidays is the Wynn Macau. Macau is also poised to open several new gambling resort hotels. By the end of 2017, Macau’s Cotai Strip will see the opening of six new integrated gambling resorts offering approximately 9,180 new hotel rooms.
Undoubtably, Macau would not have become the biggest gambling centre in the world without Chinese gambling holidays. It has suffered during the past two years due to a Chinese clampdown on corruption but at the moment it looks like Macau has the upper hand. The Chinese Government could easily invoke further controls to prevent the success of both destinations.