Las Vegas Sands, the global leader in integrated resort development, proudly celebrated the grand opening of its newest casino resort, The Londoner Macao, on Thursday. This highly anticipated British-themed property, costing approximately US$2 billion, has been designed to entice gamblers with its alluring replicas of renowned British landmarks such as Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster, and 10 Downing Street. The resort even features a changing of the guard attraction that mirrors the spectacle seen at Buckingham Palace.
Celebrating A Grand Entrance With Star Power
The opening ceremony attracted notable attendees, including former English soccer star and Sands global ambassador, David Beckham. Speaking enthusiastically about the resort, Las Vegas Sands CEO Robert Goldstein stated, “You can’t get a better hotel room than what we’ve put in the Londoner. You can’t get better spa experience, you can’t get better food experience.”
The Londoner Macao: Operational Amid Pandemic Challenges
While the resort has been operational for the past two years, the pandemic significantly delayed its full launch. Located on the Cotai Strip, The Londoner Macao is now open, joining other prominent Las Vegas Sands-owned properties in the region. Macau’s gaming sector, recovering impressively this year following the lifting of most pandemic-related restrictions in early 2023, is set to benefit immensely from this grand opening.
Unveiling A New Era For Sands China
The resort’s grand celebration also signalled the commencement of a brand-new 10-year gaming concession for Sands China. In the next decade, the firm is committed to investing $3.7 billion in the city, marking a significant new era for Macau’s Cotai Strip.
Themed “The Journey Begins”, the celebration not only marked the end of the integrated resort’s refurbishment but also the start of an anticipated increase in visitors. This refurbishment was strategically timed, aligning with the “Be My Guest” campaign featured by the hotel.
An Impressive Addition to Macao’s Casino Resorts
The Londoner Macao boasts five luxurious hotels, including the all-suite flagship, The Londoner Hotel, and The Londoner Court. Together, these establishments offer approximately 6,000 rooms and suites. The resort’s grand façade, inspired by the Palace of Westminster and the Houses of Parliament, comes alive each night with the Londoner Light and Sound Spectacular.
The resort has undergone renovations and additions worth $2 billion, enhancing its connectivity with other popular properties like The Parisian Macao, The Venetian Macao, and The Plaza Macao.
Commitment to Macao’s Tourism Industry
Reflecting on the resort’s opening, Robert G. Goldstein, Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, emphasized Sands China’s ongoing commitment to fulfilling Sheldon Adelson’s vision for Cotai’s development. He expressed his excitement at supporting the Macao Government in realizing its vision for a diversified tourism industry. Dr. Wilfred Wong, Sands China Ltd. President, shared similar sentiments, assuring continuous community work by the team.
With its grand opening, The Londoner Macao has not only symbolized a new chapter for social impact projects but has also provided an opportunity to deepen relationships with local partners, strengthening Macao’s reputation as a global City of Gastronomy.
Macau Gaming Sector Hits Record Revenue And Industry Optimism
In a triumph for the region’s gambling industry, Macau casinos witnessed their highest monthly revenue since January 2020 in March, amassing a staggering $1.6 billion. This incredible upswing, propelled by the easing of restrictions, has sparked renewed optimism for Las Vegas Sands’ recently opened The Londoner Macao.
Amid this recovery, renowned casinos such as The Venetian Macao, Galaxy, StarWorld Hotel, Sands Macau, MGM Macau, Grand Lisboa, Wynn Palace and Casino Kam Pek Paradise continue to be favored destinations. Offering a diverse gaming experience from slots and baccarat to blackjack, these establishments have also captivated patrons with their live entertainment and gourmet dining options.