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Speakers at the convention included Steve Wynn, who has more claim than most to be 'Mr Las Vegas'. He recently opened his fifth major resort, the Wynn hotel, which cost a cool $2 billion (£1.09 billion). Wynn has already prepared plans for a 135 acre site next door, on which he may develop an 'urban village', Las Vegas-style. One version of the scheme envisaged six hotel towers with 3,000 rooms in each.

Perhaps some of those towers will be used for apartments; prices have risen by 50 per cent since 2003, and there is a shortage of space reminiscent of southern England. About 100 residential towers are said to be in the pipeline and agreement has just been reached for the city to suck water from yet another distant lake to feed its supply.

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