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London goes to Macao

May 21. 2019
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By The Nation

Sands China and Las Vegas Sands have collaborated with sports icon David Beckham to make over the Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central and rebrand it as The Londoner Macao.

This new project, which will open progressively over 2020 and 2021, will join The Venetian Macao and The Parisian Macao as the Cotai Strip’s must-see properties. Exuding classic British luxury, The Londoner Macao will incorporate four world-class hotel brands – the brand-new The Londoner Hotel, alongside existing properties Conrad Macao, Cotai Central, Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central and The St Regis Macao, Cotai Central.

“Sands has invested heavily here because we believe wholeheartedly that Macao's complete arrival as one of the world's greatest tourism and business destinations is just on the horizon. The Venetian and The Parisian have each become “must-see” destinations on the Cotai Strip and we have every confidence that The Londoner will be every bit their equal. The power of these three iconic integrated resorts working in tandem will create a combination of leisure and business tourism amenities unrivalled in Asia and Europe and on par with the success of Las Vegas,” said Robert Goldstein, Las Vegas Sands President and Chief Operating Officer. 

As the global brand ambassador, Beckham will be working with the interior design team to bring his vision and style to the very exclusive top floor suites at The Londoner Hotel, representing his first foray into this design field. 

The Londoner Macao will feature authentic recreations of classic British landmarks, with an exterior facade modelled on the world-famous Palace of Westminster and Houses of Parliament complete with 96-metre Elizabeth Tower and iconic clock face.

The interior decor will offer a combination of grandeur and comfort, with luxurious British design extending to the spacious Crystal Palace atrium centrepiece, restaurants, retail space and entertainment.

“London is an incredible city and one that I am proud to call my home. To be able to work so closely with the Sands team to bring the elements of London that I love to the city of Macao is a wonderful opportunity. Interior design is a real passion for me so to be involved in the design process and help shape this project is another important step in our long-standing partnership with Sands Resorts Macao. I can't wait to welcome everyone to come and experience what we are creating here – a little bit of London in Macao,” said Beckham.

With more than 20 dining options, several new restaurant concepts boast an authentic British style gastropub by Gordon Ramsay and a new Thai restaurant called The Mews. Guests can enjoy 200 stores in The Shoppes, the 34,300-square-metre meeting and convention space, three spas and four health clubs.

New entertainment at The Londoner Macao will include an exciting whole-body, fully immersive live virtual reality experience suitable for all ages. In addition, visitors can also enjoy British-themed Streetmosphere shows such as the famous Changing of the Guards and daily retail parades featuring much-loved characters from British history, culture and literature.

The integrated resort will also feature a new 6,000-seat arena to accommodate everything from live entertainment to popular sporting events and conferences.

“The Londoner Macao, with its world-class luxury suites, new dining and spectacular entertainment, will offer guests and visitors alike another reason to visit Macao. The launch marks yet another milestone in the company's efforts to support Macao’s development as a world centre of tourism and leisure and it also shows that Sands is fully committed to supporting Macao’s vision as a leader in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area,” said Dr Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China.

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