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Here Are the Potential Winners in the Gambling Plan for ‘China's Hawaii’

  • China looks to attract investment, bolster island’s economy
  • Travel, construction firms to benefit from Hainan development
Sanya Bay district of Sanya, Hainan.

Sanya Bay district of Sanya, Hainan.

Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

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Beijing’s ambitions to bring more tourists and gambling to an island billed as China’s Hawaii is sparking visions of a rapid transformation for an important provincial region.

The plan for Hainan includes relaxing visa rules and building a new airport to draw foreign cash to the southern Chinese province, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. It also may allow for gambling, potentially paving the way for casinos on the island.