Macau hotel design to be tweaked

Macau — Italian fashion house Versace and Macau casino company SJM say the Versace-themed hotel they're planning for the Asian gambling city will be tweaked to appeal to the local Chinese market and open in 2017. 

Versace CEO Gian Giacomo Ferraris says Thursday that the five-star Palazzo Versace hotel would retain the company's "neoclassical style." 

But he added, "clearly there will be some fine tuning with the local culture."

He declined to give more details, saying designer Donatella Versace would be responsible for the design. 

Versace and SJM Holdings signed a deal last month to build the hotel at SJM's Cotai resort in Macau. The city is a semiautonomous Chinese region that's the world's most lucrative gambling market.  

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