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Old 04-18-2012, 05:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Spain's two great rival cities, Barcelona and Madrid, are vying to attract a mega casino project planned by US multi-billionaire mogul Sheldon Adelson. Dubbed "Eurovegas", the vast 16bn euro ($21bn; Ģ13bn) complex of hotels and casinos will, say Spanish officials, generate up to 200,000 jobs.

For a country with a struggling economy and high jobless rate, the temptations are clear. But Mr Adelson's investment comes with conditions, and some argue he should have to play by the same rules as others in Spain.

The contest to win over the 14th richest man in the world has become a casino version of the El Clasico derby that Spaniards are more used to witnessing on the football pitch.

Barcelona, the Catalan capital, has beaches and a port where cruise ships dock on a daily basis. Madrid, the national capital, has the bigger, and better-connected, airport.

Mr Adelson owns casinos in Las Vegas and in Macau, China. Three years ago he opened Marina Bay Sands, a huge complex of hotels, shops and casinos in Singapore.
It says Mr Adelson is unhappy about the level of social security he would have to pay his workers; he would also like immigration laws to be relaxed so it would be easier for him to bring some workers in from abroad.

The tourism authority also says he would like to defy Spain's nationwide smoking ban in public places by allowing people to light-up in certain parts of the casino complex.

Mr Adelson's company insists it has not made its investment dependent on a list of conditions, describing its talks with the Spanish government as "positive". "While we are not going to discuss specific topics we have discussed, those conversations should not be characterised as our company presenting a list of demands," the company said in a statement.

But the reports have led to criticism, particularly from politicians on the left, that the resort would become a low-tax haven.

Gregorio Gordo, of Spain's United Left party, disputes claims that the project would be a true source of real employment, pointing out that Mr Adelson would bring some workers in from abroad.

He also argues that local hotels would lose business to the 12 hotels which are planned as part of the complex.


Aparently is not going to happend. Thanks god.

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