Las Vegas Sands' Venetian Macao Drew 114,000 In First 24 Hours

The Venetian Macao casino-hotel drew 114,000 people over the first 24 hours of operations late last month.

That's according to the casino's operator, Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

Chief executive Sheldon Adelson called the throngs of visitors, which continued to arrive through the first week of operations, "gratifying."

Daily visitation figures have varied from 66,000 to 86,000, and more than 500,000 have gone through the casino resort since the August 28th opening in the Chinese gambling enclave.

The $2.4 billion Venetian Macao is the largest single-structure hotel in Asia and the second largest building in the world.

Las Vegas Sands, which also runs the Sands Macao on the Macau peninsula, plans to invest up to $12 billion and build 20,000 hotel rooms on what it calls the Cotai Strip in Macau by 2010.

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