The Venetian takes Macau to new heights

Sep 4, 2007 10:08 AM

With tens of thousands of guests, VIP’s, and more than 1,200 members of the media flocking from throughout the region and across the world, The Venetian Macao-Resort- Hotel opened its doors last week, ushering in a new chapter in the evolving history of Macao.

"In this day and age its commonplace to throw around phrases like historic, groundbreaking, and revolutionary," said Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., the parent company of The Venetian Macao. "But it is no overstatement to say that the opening of The Venetian Macao represents a massive paradigm shift for Macao and the future of tourism development in Asia."

The moment it opened, the $2.4 billion Venetian Macao became the largest single structure hotel in Asia and the second largest building in the world.

Like its sister-property on the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian Macao is a renaissance Venice-themed property featuring stunning replicas of Venice landmarks such as St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, Campanile Tower, and three indoor canals with gondolas and singing gondoliers.

The hotel has 3,000 all-suite guest rooms and with one million square feet of retail space, which is more than any shopping mall in Hong Kong, The Venetian Macao now becomes a major destination for the region’s top shoppers.

The casino floor, at 550,000 square feet, is the largest in the world and is home to 870 table games and more than 3,400 slot machines.

The facility also features a 15,000-seat Venetian Arena, which made its debut by holding the hotel’s star-studdedopening gala.

In the coming weeks, The Venetian Arena will play host to a pair of NBA exhibition games and a match-up of tennis greats Roger Federer and Pete Sampras. The Venetian Macao also has 1.2 million-square feet of meeting, convention and exhibition space, more than twice the amount of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Early next year, the 1,800 seat Venetian Theatre will open featuring an original production from world-renowned Cirque du Soleil.

In addition to the excitement surrounding The Venetian Macao, the festivities also mark the opening of Las Vegas Sands’ Cotai Strip. The Cotai Strip is a collection of hotel properties to be run by some of the most prestigious names in the hotel industry, including Four Seasons, Sheraton, St. Regis, Shangri-La, Traders, Hilton, Conrad, Fairmont, and Raffles.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. will construct and own each of the hotels, as well as operate the casinos and entertainment venues in each hotel.