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Las Vegas Sands launched a multi-million dollar advertising campaign on Thursday to bring casinos to Texas, according to a new report.
According to an announcement first shared with The Texas Tribune, the ads claim that Texas loses billions of dollars in tourism and gambling to casinos in neighboring states like Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico every year.
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The ads came at a time when Texas lawmakers were considering bills that would legalize casino gambling in Texas. A bill, reportedly backed by Las Vegas Sands, would allow four resorts to open in key subway areas of the state.
According to the Tribune, the company spent millions on lobbyists to get this bill through both chambers.
Another bill introduced on Wednesday would legalize sports betting.
Pedestrians pass outside the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on Sunday, October 18, 2020. (Roger Kisby / Bloomberg via Getty Images) ()
Las Vegas Sands even funds the Texas Destination Resort Alliance website. The Alliance is a group of Texans committed to developing vacation spots in the state’s major markets. The website claims that numerous benefits would result from this bill, including boosting employment and improving public education in the state.
According to the website, each new casino project would not only create thousands of construction jobs, but would also create “tens of thousands of permanent new jobs in new and existing hotels, convention centers, restaurants, retail centers and offices.”
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That being said, the alliance argues that the casinos will “bring billions of dollars back to Texas from neighboring states” and ultimately boost the local economy.
Funding from these casinos would also help improve public education and public higher education and the arts, as well as public safety and law enforcement, according to Allianz.
“To bring resorts to Texas that attract international and extra-state tourism, the biggest conventions, the biggest names in the entertainment world, and shopping that benefit our entire economy and revitalize the communities throughout the Lone Star State when we need them. ” most “, it says on the website.
At the bottom of the web page there is a notice that the Las Vegas Sands Corp. was paid.
Las Vegas Sands representatives did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment.