The Straits Times
Published on Oct 02, 2012

Cash-rich Macau looks to lure more movie makers


HONG KONG (AFP) - Six years since Macau beat Las Vegas at its own game and took over as the gambling capital of the world, the cashed-up southern Chinese enclave is now aiming to emulate the US city's role in film.

Boasting annual casino takings of US$33.5 billion (S$41.1 billion) - around five times those of Las Vegas - Macau is looking to establish itself as a set for major film and television productions.

In doing so officials hope it will become as much a character in films as Las Vegas has been through the years.

"We hope that coverage of movies and TV series in magazines and newspapers as well as on other TV programmes will help to generate more interest in Macau," said Mr Lew Hwan-kyu of the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) in South Korea.