Hilton chain plans to open two hotels in Macau

15 March 2006

Macau, China, 15 March – US group Hilton said Tuesday it planned to build two hotels in Macau following an agreement with Las Vegas Sands which already has a casino in the special administrative region of China.

The two hotels, a Hilton with 1,200 rooms and a Conrad with 300 rooms, will be located in the landfill area between Taipa and Coloane islands where several casinos and hotel complexes are being built.

The Hilton Hotels Corporation also said it was due to sign an agreement with Las Vegas Sands in the second quarter of this year to build the hotels.

Las Vegas Sands owns the Venetian casino in Macau, which opened in 2004.

Another contract is being finalized between Las Vegas Sands and Starwood Hotels to build a Sheraton and a St. Regis hotel in the same area.

Malaysian group Shangri-la Hotels and Resorts will also manage a 1,500-room hotel and the Hong Kong group Mandarin Oriental, which already has a hotel in Macau, will open a luxury hotel on the peninsula next to the Lisboa, Galaxy and Hynn casinos.

International hotel chains Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Accor/Sofitel, MGM Mirage and Australia’s Crown will also manage hotels associated to Macau casinos.

At the end of 2005 Macau had 44 hotels with over 10,000 rooms.

Over the next ten years there are plans to build a further 53 hotel units with a total 26,572 rooms, 10,352 of which will be in the units currently under construction.

Macau, which covers a total area of 27.5 square kilometers and has a population of 465,000 people, received 18.7 million tourists in 2005, most of which were from mainland China. (macauhub)