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| Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Several huge casinos opened in Macao recently, it has become the money making place for Hong Kong artistes. After Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Chow Yun Fat become the spokesman and invited as the special guest for the opening ceremony for Star World Macao and Crown Macau Hotel & Casino with heavenly high fees, Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel which will be opening on 28 August also approached singers from four different countries to grace its opening ceremony.

After seeing Star World Macao hired Chow Yun Fat for their commercial, Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel initially wanted to hire "The Knight of Gamblers" Andy Lau to sing 6 songs for HK$6 million, average of $1 million per song, the hotel willing to splash such a huge figure on Andy as it banks on the drawing power of Andy in the Mainland China market as he could attract tourists from China during the National Day Golden Week in October.

Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel had contacted Andy many times as they also delayed the opening ceremony from 22 to 28 August to accommodate Andy, however he need to go for his Mainland China concert tour which his first stop in Inner Mongolia on 1 September, he need to be there to rehearse 2 days in advance thus he rejected Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel's invitation.

When reporter contacted Andy's management company, Miss Wu admitted that Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel did get in contact with them, she said: "Andy need to be in Mainland China on 1 September for his concert, thus he could not make it."

With Andy unable to attend, Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel had no choice to seek alternatives as they replace Andy with Alan Tam and Hacken Lee whose concerts are doing well in Mainland China and Hong Kong.

news from: Apple Daily News