Macao will have much to crow about in 2017 as it celebrates the Year of the Rooster with the opening of additional modern integrated resorts to meet the steadily increasing flow of international visitors.
In the wake of last year’s record-breaking tourism boom which saw annual visitor numbers increase to almost 31 million, the former Portuguese enclave has also unveiled plans for extra activities and attractions to complement the additional hotels, shops and eateries. The number of visiting Australians grew by one per cent in 2016 to 93,300.
Last year, Macao welcomed the opening of plush Cotai hotel-resorts The Parisian and the Wynn Palace, boosting hotel room numbers to more than 37,600, an increase of 13.9 per cent on 2015.
The number will be further boosted in mid-2017 with such much-anticipated openings as the five-star MGM Cotai, which alone will add another 1400 guest rooms and suites.
This year will also see the opening of the so-called “seven-star” The 13, a $1.3 billion property neighbouring Coloane which promises to offer a comprehensive “lifestyle experience” for the super rich.
The hotel, designed by New York architect Peter Marino – creator of flagship stores for the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior – will have 200 multi-level luxury suites with a blend of 17th-century French Renaissance and Baroque décor.
Adding another 780 guest rooms, suites and top-storey villas to the Cotai Strip will be the City of Dreams’ Fifth Hotel Tower, its 2017 opening hot on the heels of 2015’s successful launch of nearby sister resort Studio City.
“By having additional hotels, activities, eateries and attractions, visitors will have no reason not to stay an extra night or two,” said Helen Wong, GM of the Macao Government Tourism Office (Australian and New Zealand).
“We are expecting another exciting year now that The Parisian and the Wynn Palace have opened,” she said. “Who would have thought you could go on a gondola ride one minute, then take an elevator ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower a few strides away.”