MADRID There are persistent reports (rumours, really) that say that billionaire financier Sheldon Adelson's company, Las Vegas Sands, has made its decision on where to install a Las Vegas 'copy' in Spain. The two rival cities were Barcelona and Madrid. The company is making no comment, but Esperanza Aguirre, Mayor of Madrid, said in a radio interview yesterday that she had a 'positive intuition' that the choice had fallen on Madrid. In Barcelona several politicians have remarked about how an opportunity 'has been' lost. According to Adelson, EuroVegas would mean>>>
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in investment of some €27 billion, and offer 200,000 direct and indirect jobs.
In the present economic climate, figures such as these would be welcome anywhere. But, naturally, there are strings attached. These include tax advantages, immigration restrictions lifting, residency laws set aside, town planning allowances and the lot.
Anti EuroVegas campaigners complain of the tawdriness of Las Vegas, of crime and prostitution that would be allowed in. Environmentalist groups talk about pollution and impact.
Pro EV sites talk mainly about money. And the fact that Spain is one of Europe's biggest gambling countries, which is about money also.
Here's a report on YouTube, in Spanish: