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New Taipei not against entertainment zone idea: mayor
Central News Agency
2013-02-18 08:54 PM
Taipei, Feb. 18 (CNA) New Taipei "would not reject" the idea of setting up an entertainment complex in the city based on the Las Vegas model if all conditions could be met, the city's mayor, Eric Li-luan Chu, said Monday. Chu said the idea, proposed earlier in the day by Hon Hai Group Chairman Terry Gou, would require the policy planning of the central government and the passing of related bills by the Legislature. Gou suggested that Taiwan follow the example of Las Vegas and set up a special casino area with convention and exhibition facilities in Danshui district in New Taipei to boost the domestic economy. He contended that the casino industry was about more than gambling and could become a platform to promote employment, tourism, consumer spending and technology exhibitions. Chu described Gou's vision as an "entertainment zone" that would differ from proposed "casino zones" on outlying islands and combine tourism, high-end consumer products, restaurants, and exhibition, convention and recreation facilities, according to Chu. He said New Taipei would be the best place to accommodate such a zone, but that it would not necessarily have to be located in Danshui. (By Wang Hung-kuo and Lilian Wu)
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