The Galaxy Macau opens Sunday, Macau's 34th casino

May 15, 2011 8:58 AM

The Galaxy Macau, a multibillion-dollar casino resort complex, opens Sunday as Macau aims to draw a broader mix of visitors than the high-rolling mainland Chinese that have helped the city become the world’s most lucrative gambling market.

The Galaxy Entertainment Group’s $1.9 billion casino is the only one scheduled to open in the southern Chinese city this year. It will have room for up to 600 gambling tables and 1,500 slot machines.

Three hotels, including one run by Singapore’s Banyan Tree and another by Japan’s Okura, will have more than 2,200 rooms. One of the biggest resort-style attractions is a 40,000 square-foot (4,000 square-meter) wave pool that will generate waves as high as 5 feet (1.5 meters) splashing onto an artificial beach built with 350 tons of white sand.

Tropical and Japanese gardens, a Japanese tea pavilion, more than 50 restaurants, a private members’ club and a shopping street are other draws. A nine-screen 3-D movie theater is set to open later this year.

The launch of Macau’s 34th casino comes as the city seeks to diversify its economy away from gambling after years of searing growth that helped it overtake Las Vegas as the world’s top casino market.