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Since opening up its casino industry in 2002, Macao has seen its gambling market soar to become the largest in the world, six times the size of Las Vegas. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)
The Big Story

After 15-year hot streak, Macao casino owners may have to pay up

Competition heats up as Cambodia, the Philippines and Japan get in on the game

ZACH COLEMAN, Nikkei Asian Review deputy editor | Hong Kong, Macao

MACAO -- Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes has spent most of the last three decades coming up with new ideas to lure more tourists to this speck of a city across the mouth of the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong.

Now, the issue for the director of the Macao Government Tourism Office is that it often feels like there are too many visitors.

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