Venetian Macao hopes to lure Japan business

The Venetian Macao casino resort, which is set to open in 2007 will hope to lure Japanese who are doing business in China, according to the Kyodo news agency. The mega resort will feature one of the biggest convention centers in Asia.

It is being built by Venetian Macao Ltd., a unit of U.S. casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp., and is based on the same concept as the famous Venetian in Las Vegas.

‘‘We see this is as being very important in terms of a shop window either to sell to China or to buy from China,’’ Frank McFadden, chief operating officer of Venetian Macao, said in a recent interview.

McFadden expects Japanese businesspeople will come and attend conferences and exhibitions held at ‘‘Asia’s Las Vegas’’ due to its proximity to mainland China.