The Macau Metro Monitor, April 10, 2012




Once complete, Cotai Central will house two themed casinos called Himalaya and Pacifica.  Himalaya opens in phase one and has about 600 slots, 216 gaming tables and four live electronic gaming tables connected to 200 terminals for players.  Another 150 VIP tables can be found at the Paiza, Cotai Central’s dedicated area for VIP premium and junket players. The Paiza will host 11 fixed junkets.

Sands will get 200 new tables from the government for the first phase.  That will use up all the available tables under the cap of 5,500 imposed until next year. The property’s other tables will be sourced from Sands’ established casinos.


It could be far more difficult finding tables for Pacifica when it opens in 3Q 2012. “Our understanding is that we have another 200 new tables that we were essentially promised [by the government],” says David Sisk, Sands China's executive vice president.  Cotai Central’s first phase features more than 600 five-star rooms and suites under the Conrad hotel brand and another 1,200 four-star rooms from Holiday Inn.  The opening will add another 28 shops, meeting space and food and beverage options to Cotai.


The Easter and Ching Ming festivals brought extra numbers of tourists to Macau and additional business for retail shops, restaurants and hotels.  According to the authority’s statistics, the daily number of visitors coming in and out of the city ranged between 330,000 and 370,000 during the holiday, making a total of more than 1.4 million holidaymakers, most of them through Hong Kong, or the Barrier Gate in the northern end that connects to Zhuhai. 


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