MACAO, China— Sands China Ltd., a majority-held subsidiary of global integrated resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp., has announced September 20 as the opening day for the second phase of its Sands Cotai Central integrated resort.
Foremost among the new facilities is the opening of the first of two hotel towers from Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, with a second tower opening in early 2013. The hotel is the world’s largest Sheraton at 3,896 guestrooms, as well as the largest hotel in Macao. The hotel’s Kashgar grand ballroom will offer nearly 53,000 square feet (4,900 square metres) of pillarless meeting and event space.
The opening is the most recent benchmark in Sands China’s push to establish Macao as one of Asia’s leading business and leisure destinations. The company’s Macao investment toward that goal is in excess of US$8 billion to date, and will soon bring Sands China’s combined Cotai Strip offerings to over 9,000 rooms across five international hotels, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space, over 600 luxury duty-free shops and more than 57 international restaurants, bars and lounges.
“The opening of the Sheraton Macao Hotel at Sands Cotai Central represents another milestone in my vision for the Cotai Strip,” says Las Vegas Sands and Sands China Ltd. Chairman Sheldon Adelson, in an announcement. “I’m very happy to see Sheraton join our growing family of integrated resorts on the Cotai Strip. Sands China remains committed to establishing Macao as a world centre of tourism and leisure, and Asia’s number one business and leisure destination. The addition of Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central and its impressive array of luxury accommodation is an important development towards reaching that goal.”