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Aria President Looks Forward to Opening
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Aria sits in the middle of CityCenter and will employ 75-percent of all the people working at the $8.5 billion resort.

The man responsible for building and running the 4,000 room hotel-casino says the project has been added to the must-see list for all tourists coming to Las Vegas.

"Everybody who is coming to Vegas is going to come see CityCenter. We will have an opportunity to touch almost the whole Las Vegas marketplace," said Aria President Bill McBeath.

Those are potential customers McBeath says MGM Mirage will not lose. He told the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board that history has proven critics wrong when they say a new mega-resort is too big or too expensive, just like when the Mirage and Bellagio opened.

"We believe that it represents the revitalization of Las Vegas and it's going to give the consumer a reason to come back," he said.

Attracting new customers is the key according to McBeath.

Economic analyst Jeremy Aguero says other casinos, like Wynn Las Vegas, should worry that CityCenter may steal customers. Still, Andrew Pascal, the president of Wynn, called CityCenter a great symbol. "I hope that it serves as the catalyst for our growth in the future. I think that it's an extraordinary thing to talk about," he said.

"Is CityCenter a good idea? To open a resort this massive? Look, CityCenter is ambitious. That is the word everyone has been using for CityCenter over the past five years," said Aguero.

Aguero believes it will transform Las Vegas in the future because for every one of the 12,000 new jobs at CityCenter, one more job in the community will be created because of the economic ripple effect.

Aguero says we need to watch what happens to the 9,000 construction workers losing their jobs when the resort opens because they will add to the rising unemployment rate in southern Nevada.

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