Clash of the Titans: Vegas vs Macau

 

Las Vegas and Macau are two of a kind. They are both the gaming Meccas for their respective regions - Las Vegas is the most famous gambling destination of the Western world, and the special district of Macau has a similar status in Asia. They are both very popular for more than just gambling, though - especially since online casinos like the Royal Vegas grabbed a small but significant portion of the market. They are thriving tourist destinations, too - Vegas gets the more visitors a year (over 40 million, according to the latest statistics) but Macau gets the more gambling revenue. This is understandable, considering that the residents of China and many neighboring countries have no other option to satisfy their gambling needs - neither land-based casinos nor online venues like the Royal Vegas are legal there. Although they share the same status in their respective regions, the two gambling destinations can be very different at times.

More revenues in Macau

Although Sin City gets the more visitors a year, Macau’s answer to Las Vegas is its ever-growing gambling revenue. According to CNN Money, Macau's gambling industry is several times bigger than that of Las Vegas, which makes it the "undisputed heavyweight champion" in this aspect. Last December alone, Macau's gambling venues generated revenues of 19.8 billion patacas (over $2.4 billion), and even though the region's revenues have been declining for over two years straight, this is still a lot of money.

More fun in Vegas

Even though Macau has the more money, Vegas is not far behind - and it has many more attractions for non-gambling visitors. Even though it was built on gambling, it has transformed into something more - a thriving tourist destination. Even though Macau does also feature some entertainment venues, it can't stand a chance against the vivid nightlife, shows, and restaurants of the Sin City. This explains why Nevada's crown jewel has so many visitors even with its gaming revenues falling.

Macau has the bigger resorts

Macau is all about gambling and it shows - it has the biggest, most lavish and beautiful resorts of the two. Not that Vegas has anything to complain about but when it comes to massive resorts, Macau once again shows its supremacy. The Venetian Macao, the sister resort of the Venetian Las Vegas, is the seventh largest building (and the largest casino resort) by surface area with its 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet of convention space, 1.6 million square feet of retail area, and 550,000 square feet of casino space. It has 3400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables and the 15,000 seat Cotai Arena for entertainment and sports events. It is owned by the Sands Corporation, one of the biggest American casino and resort operating companies.