When it comes to elite gambling cities, two contenders have been neck and neck for some time. Las Vegas, the American gambling mecca, for nearly a half century has reigned supreme as the default capital of worldwide gambling. Over the last decade, however, the sands have been shifting east. Powered by a growing business class and growing local wealth, the Chinese territory, Macau, has grown to become a force on its own.
A Trump Organization company has applied for four new trademarks in the Asian gambling hub of Macau, including one for casinos, public records show. The new applications highlight the ethical complexity of maintaining the family branding empire while Donald Trump serves as president, and are likely to stoke speculation about the organization’s future business intentions in Macau, where casino licenses held by other companies come up for renewal beginning in 2020.