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Las Vegas counts on Asian bettors


Executives believe such measures will ensure free-spending Chinese tourists continue making gambling trips, despite Macau's growth.

Mickey Peng, a 32-year-old fashion company owner from Shenzhen, fits the profile. During the two-week holiday, she'll hit both coasts -- her trip has taken her from Hawaii to Los Angeles to Las Vegas and she's headed to New York.

"In Macau, only the casinos are good. I don't see any other things," she said. "Here there are so many shops, many high-end shops ... We went to the Grand Canyon yesterday. It was very exciting."

Ninety percent of all Chinese visitors to the US spend some part of their trip in Nevada, said Bruce Bommarito, a vice president of the Travel Industry Association of America.

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