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Osaka World Expo Partners Up With Las Vegas Sands

Ryan Knuppel

When two sides join forces to promote each other and help each other, it is usually called the win-win situation, and this is the case with Las Vegas Sands and Osaka World Expo. The former is one of the pretenders who want the fruits of the latest law changes in this country that allowed for the building of the integrated resorts. The latter wants to host the 2025 World Expo.

To help Japan win the bid and host the Expo, the owner, and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, Sheldon Adelson, has made great efforts to support the country for this cause. However, he and his Sands are not the only ones to support the country in one way or another as a serious competition has been raging to show their interest in winning the country’s license. In other words, once the government completely approves casinos in this country, only a few companies will be granted licenses for operating in it.

George Tanasijevich, a managing director of global development of Las Vegas Sands, stated that Osaka was a city that was heavily focused on business and that it had a great history and rich culture which existed alongside the technologically-oriented companies. Furthermore, he added that the city was full of dynamic people and that the 2025 World Expo would be a perfect opportunity for this city to showcase its qualities and to pinpoint its importance as a city and a destination.

Furthermore, Tanasijevich added that Las Vegas Sands was proud to be Osaka’s 2025 World Expo bid Official Partner. They wished Osaka the best as the city, and the officials were preparing to enter the final bid stages and looking forward to organizing a successful World Expo if they win the bid. As previously mentioned, other casino giants were already involved in the similar activities. First, Melco Resorts supported Japan in this quest in October 2017. Caesars, Hard Rock and MGM were soon to follow. All of the companies showed serious interest in getting one of the three licenses for the casinos that will be issued by the Japanese government once everything is approved completely.

Future Expo Locations

Japan is currently competing with two other countries for hosting the 2025 Expo. The first big opponent is Russia which has chosen Ekaterinburg as the city in which the Expo could take place. The second opponent is Azerbaijan with Baku as the proposed city. There was also France as another competitor, but they withdrew in January. The World Expo is the biggest exhibition in the world where nations represent their culture, heritage, and achievements. The first Expo was held in 1928, and since then it is held every five years. It may last anywhere from three weeks to six months. The country that wins the Expo will host 170 other states – which means that Osaka will be the most important city in 2025 if they win the bid.

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