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    2005 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award


    Award of Merit



    St. Joseph’s Chapel, Hong Kong SAR, China
    The rehabilitation of the abandoned St. Joseph’s Chapel demonstrates the success of a community initiative that has garnered the whole-hearted support of multiple stakeholders amongst the local residents and the Hong Kong Catholic community. Within the confines of a limited budget, the modest conservation project has consolidated a fine example of a rural Roman Catholic chapel through undertaking urgent repairs to the chapel and the affiliated Ching Po School. By re-initiating the liturgical function of the chapel and adapting the school into a museum, the project ensures historical continuity of the pilgrimage site while, at the same time, promises to catalyze the larger-scale restoration of Yim Tin Tsai Island as an emerging cultural and eco-tourism destination.


    Tung Wah Coffin Home, Hong Kong SAR, China
    The restoration of the Tung Wah Coffin Home has preserved a unique building typology and an important cultural institution which reflects the evolving social history of Hong Kong. The complex includes a range of building traditions spanning from vernacular Chinese architecture to modern buildings. The project is to be commended for carefully retaining the assembled structures that had been added onto the complex over its one hundred year history. Accordingly, a combination of traditional architectural techniques and practical technical solutions was appropriately applied, which has resulted in retaining the physical authenticity of the place while at the same time facilitating its on-going use by the public.

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    Shaolin Wushu (Chinese Martial Arts) Cultural Centre to be opened in Hong Kong. The Martials Arts Centre will be located on Lantau Island and
    Instructors will be from Shaolin.

    Phase 1 opens in July 2006
    Phase 2 to be completed by November 2006
    Phase 3 to be completed by Mid 2007




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    Saks' store plan

    2006-05-11

    SAKS Incorporated, owner of Saks Fifth Avenue, plans to open six stores in China in the next five years with the first one to be opened by 2008 in Shanghai's Bund area, according to Stanley & Partners which offers real estate investment banking services for the project.

    Saks, operator of the world's biggest luxury department store, has granted Roosevelt China Investments Corp the right to select locations and to manage the Fifth Avenue stores in China. The second and third stores are expected in Beijing and Macau.

    Source : Shanghai Daily

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    Las Vegas Sands Corp. Flexes Trade Show Muscles in Macao

    Several Multi-Year Trade Shows Already Signed Up for The Venetian MacaoLAS VEGAS, May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) today added to its trade show presence in Asia by announcing that the company has negotiated and signed contracts for five multi-year trade shows that combined represent 13 separate events. The company also said it has received several new letters of intent from other trade show organizers and is working with a large pipeline of shows which it expects to sign up by the end of 2006.
    Source : Sands Press Release


    "Almost every week the momentum of our Cotai Strip(TM) development reaches a new level," said Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. "Whether it's another addition to our distinguished list of hotel brands, exciting entertainment acts like Cirque du Soleil, or the finest and most exclusive names in retail, all the pieces of the puzzle needed to create Asia's Las Vegas(TM) continue to fall into place."
    The following is a short profile of three of the five multi-year trade shows contracted to take residence at The Venetian Macao(TM), a destination resort situated on the Cotai Strip in Macao, Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China:
    Asian Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo -- Produced by William T. Glasgow, Inc., the Asian Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo will follow in the footsteps of the successful AAPEX shows in Mexico City, Mexico and Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas show is the 34th largest show in the United States with almost 500,000 net square feet of exhibition space, over 2,000 exhibiting companies, and hosting 80,000 attendees each year. The Asian Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo is booked for two annual shows with the first taking place in 2008.

    "Our relationship with WT Glasgow began more than 15 years ago when they were the first customer of the Sands Expo and Convention Center," said William Weidner, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. "As we have grown, so have they and we look forward to bringing this highly successful show to Asia together."

    CMP Asia Jewelry and Watch Show -- Organized by CMP Asia Ltd, this show will be a complementary event to the very successful Hong Kong Jewelry and Watch Fair. The Hong Kong event is Asia's largest jewelry fair and one of the top three events of its kind in the world and the 18th largest tradeshow in Asia. In 2005, the Fair attracted 811 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions, and 19,603 visitors from 102 countries and regions. The Jewelry and Watch Show will open at The Venetian Macao in January 2008.

    "We anticipate this to be the first of several shows we sign with CMP Asia and while they are new to our international network of trade show organizers, it clearly illustrates the importance of our long history in the business," said Weidner. "Our company has a deep understanding of the needs of these organizers. We can provide them with the best resources to plan and execute their events and more importantly we can anticipate their needs and react swiftly to meet those needs."

    Global Gaming Expo Asia -- Organized by Reed Exhibitions, the largest show organizer in the world and close partner of Las Vegas Sands, Global Gaming Expo Asia (GGEA) is initially booked for two annual shows with the first taking place in 2008. The Global Gaming Expo Asia is modeled after the successful Global Gaming Expo (G2E) which is held annually in Las Vegas and is the 78th largest tradeshow held in the United States, occupying almost 300,000 net square feet of exhibition space with 720 exhibiting companies and 17,000 attendees.

    "Reed Exhibitions and Las Vegas Sands have a long and significant history together. Over the years, we have worked with them on a countless number of shows and to this day most of the major shows they hold in Las Vegas are right here in our building," concluded Weidner.

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    oh wow Wynn and Venetian?

    Macau is doing a lot....... *applaud*

    All of those designs are beautiful.

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    Star studded line up at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong set for soft opening on May 18
    Tuesday, May 16, 2006


    Rembrandt with fans
    Specially Priced Preview Tickets for Fans Who Just Can’t Wait

    The curtain is set to rise on the all-new Madame Tussauds Hong Kong next week with the celebrity waxworks attraction scheduled to celebrate its soft opening at The Peak on May 18 2006.

    Following a six month renovation at a cost of HK$20 million, the world famous attraction will transport guests to the glittering world of celebrity over three expansive floors and five themed areas.

    “The new look Madame Tussauds Hong Kong will “wow” guests with its total makeover as they will not only be able to meet their favorite idols but also do the things that famous people do. Guests can putt with Tiger Woods, shoot hoops with Yao Ming, dance on stage with Aaron Kwok and even step into a Rembrandt painting!” said Kelly Mak, Head of Marketing and Customer Service at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

    The attraction features over 100 incredible wax likenesses of celebrities, world leaders and sports heroes, and will reopen with a glamorous and star studded line up such as Aaron Kwok, Liu Xiang, Tiger Woods, Cecilia Cheung, The Twins, Joey Yung and Bae Yong Joon.


    Guests will journey through the attraction stopping to mingle with the stars in a range of themed settings including Hong Kong Glamour, Music Icons, Historical and National Heroes, The Champions and World Premiere.

    “Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is an interactive and immersive entertainment experience where guests can be stars for a day. We are excited to present our new look attraction that is destined to become one of the most popular tourism destinations in Hong Kong,” said Kelly.
    Marilyn Monroe with fans
    As part of the soft opening celebrations, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong will offer specially priced preview tickets from 18 May to 13 July.














    Preview PriceWeekdayWeekend & PHAdult95100Concession*65652006 Regular Price Adult115120Concession6570Combo Package (Peak Tram ticket(s) + admission ticket)Adult Return120125Concession return7075Adult – One Way110115Concession – One Way6570*Concession includes children aged between 3 and 11 years and senior citizens over 65.

    Madame Tussauds Hong Kong will welcome guests from 10am to 10pm daily.


    Source: eTravelBlackboard

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    The Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival


    Hong Kong, China
    By Bryan Walsh
    Posted Monday, May 15, 2006; 20:00 HKT
    In Hong Kong, as in any big city, the love of money will almost always trump the love of art—particularly an art as nebulous as English letters. But unlike many cities in the region, Hong Kong has found a way of supporting an Anglophone literary festival of real clout. It's an extraordinary development in a postcolonial society where, if pundits and think-piece writers are to be believed, the use and appreciation of English is in terminal decline. And to make the point that Mammon and the Muse can be quite compatible bedfellows when they choose, the festival is supported by the Man Group—the same investment house and futures brokerage that bankrolls the U.K.'s Booker Prize. Launched in 2001 by a casual group of local writers and publishers, the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival has grown from a modest weekend event for a handful of scribblers with vague Hong Kong connections to Asia's premier English-literature event. This year's festival, which took place in March, was a 10-day literary blowout, hosting 60 authors from around the world, among them Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. The great man charmed a sellout crowd of 700 at a lecture and took in a local poetry reading during his stint in the city. "We've developed a bit of a reputation on the circuit," says Peter Gordon, the festival's director and head of local publisher Chameleon Press. "If you do it right, it gets bigger." The organizers have had to grow the festival on their own, since the event receives little in the way of funding from the Hong Kong government. But having to pay its own way has helped to keep the festival accessible—attendance at seminars, champagne brunches and gatherings such as an intimate literary lunch with Booker Prize winner John Banville is not dependent on your writerly connections so much as your willingness to buy a ticket. Neither have the festival's Asian roots been forgotten. It's one of the only forums where you can meet rising mainland Chinese authors like Su Tong and Ma Jian; it has also kick-started the new, Hong Kong-based Asian Literary Review and, from next year, will begin handing out the Asian Literary Prize—the first of its kind. Says Gordon: "It's really beginning to catalyze the development of literature in the region."



    Langham Place

    Hong Kong, China
    By Liam Fitzpatrick
    Posted Monday, May 15, 2006; 20:00 HKT
    Hotel art is often commercially expedient (think of identical framed prints hanging in hundreds of identical rooms). It can also be laughably bombastic (like those huge abstracts towering dozens of meters over many an atrium lobby). But Hong Kong's Langham Place Hotel takes a more sophisticated and uplifting approach. It houses one of the world's largest collections of modern Chinese art, giving guests a free grounding in what—judging by international auction prices—is currently the art world's hottest phenomenon. This isn't cut-price art by up-and-comers, either. There are works by established names like painter Yue Minjun (one of the leading lights of the Chinese avant-garde), Pei Jing (famous for his debauched scenes of scantily clad, voluptuous women), and top sculptor Jiang Shuo. One of Jiang's celebrated Red Guard bronzes, Going Forward! Making Money!, greets you at the hotel's main entrance—an arresting augury for what awaits upstairs. In the Chinese restaurant, you'll see a gorgeous mountain scene by Hong Kong artist Lam Chung—a great exponent of modern brush-and-ink work. A heroic worker from sculptor Wang Guangyi's Materialist series stands in the barbecue garden. In fact, striking sculptures and whimsical paintings seem to leap from every corner of the building. The quality and breadth of the work on display is a credit to the hotel's owner—cardiologist turned property developer Dr. Lo Ka-shui—and local art consultant Angela Li. Not content with turning his hotel into a museum, Lo also sponsors ambitious events at the adjacent office tower and shopping mall, which he owns too. In the past year, these have included Hong Kong's largest ever art installation, involving 31 artists and spanning 15 floors, as well as Urban Dream Capsule—a performance piece that saw four Australian artists living in a glass pod for three weeks, gawped at by shoppers on all sides. The proximity of the mall is, of course, the Langham Place Hotel's next great plus. When you've taken in all the satirical woodcuts and moody gouaches that your mind can handle, you can start on that other great Chinese cultural phenomenon: shopping.
    Source : Time Asia Magazine





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    Wetland park to open May 20

    Hong Kong Wetland Park will open to the public May 20, with an opening ceremony the day before, Commissioner for Tourism Au King-chi says.

    The park is Hong Kong's first major ecotourism facility aimed at promoting green tourism, education on environmental protection and wetland conservation.

    It includes a visitor centre of about 10,000 square metres with three major exhibition galleries and fabrication of exhibition items and an outdoor park of 60 hectares of habitats for wildlife.

    "This will be a world-class ecotourism facility with more than 500,000 visitors expected in the first year of operation. It will help position Hong Kong as the premier destination for family tourists in the region," Miss Au said.

    There will be a soft opening in the second week of May to fine-tune all operations.

    "We plan to invite various groups from the community to take part in the soft opening, including the Legislative Council, the Yuen Long District Council, advisory committees, local organisations and disadvantaged groups in Yuen Long, the travel trade, green groups and volunteers," she said. "We look forward to listening to their views on the park's operation."

    It will open from 10am to 5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays to Sundays. It will close on Tuesdays (except public holidays). The admission fee is $30 for adults and $15 for children, students and senior citizens.


















    Source: HK Gov Press Release

    for more info: Hong Kong Wetland Park
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    Club M1NT invites Hong Kong's hippest to invest

    By Lara Wozniak | 12 May 2006

    M1NT Hong Kong promises to be an exclusive club owned by the super wealthy. Are you rich and hot enough to be allowed to invest?
    Hong Kong's newest private club, M1NT could end up being the hangout of choice for the super-trendy. And you could (if selected) own a piece of it. The club is currently seeking 250 members who will invest in the venture. It certainly has all the ingredients for success in Hong Kong: it's exclusive, expensive and you just might make a mint if you invest in M1NT Hong Kong.

    Consider the original M1NT London. Opened 18 months ago, it is billed as "the hottest and most successful private members club in London, which counts celebrities, billionaires and royalty among its members". Do a Google Search and you'll find pictures featured in OK! magazine of beautiful people. The Financial Times more sedately described it as “An indulgence that will make you money".

    The Hong Kong version is opening in September in a 4,500 square-foot venue on Hollywood Road. M1NT Hong Kong has secured a ten-year-lease on the property from Henderson Land Development who will announce the actual location in about one month. But expect 14-metre ceilings, a mezzanine and water-motifs that will feature oh-so-appropriately for Hong Kong, a shark tank. There's already a 1,200-person-long list of applicants. Most will be turned away.

    That is because M1NT Hong Kong is looking for just 250 members who will collectively own the company that owns the club. These shareholders get lifetime membership with no annual fees. They share the profits of the business, can sell their shares and have reciprocal rights to M1NT London and all future venues worldwide. A second tier of at least 1,000 traditional members paying annual fees will have access to the club and form the waiting list for shares. This is where the bidding war begins. In London, those second-tier shares were worth £1.60 when the club opened over a year ago – they are now trading at over £4.

    According to its founder, 27-year-old Alistair Paton, M1NT Hong Kong will be as exclusive as its London counterpart and will offer a level of luxury, service and premium lifestyle "not yet seen in Hong Kong".

    "I think in terms of financial performance it'll do better than London. In terms of celebrities, well, I don’t think it will rival London. In terms of design, I think it will improve on London," says Paton who refreshingly doesn't dodge questions. He says the group is spending HK$25 million to design a "product that will blow Hong Kong away".

    "There's such a high concentration of super-high net-worth people and no real high-end product," says Paton. "I reckon people in Hong Kong know what a bad cocktail tastes like." But he goes on to say that the success in London has been the mix of people. "If the people aren’t interesting, it doesn’t work."

    How interesting is the clientele at the Knightsbridge venue? Founding shareholders in M1NT London include nine billionaires, five lords, three baronesses - and let's not forget that Val Kilmer and rock star Lenny Kravitz are members.
    Source: FinanceAsia



    more info at : M1NT Hong Kong

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    Aqua Restaurant Group in Hong Kong to launch Luxury Chinese Junk



    Aqua Restaurant Group, creators and operators of some of Hong Kong’s most cutting edge restaurants including the highly acclaimed Aqua, Hutong, Ayuthaiya, Shui Hu Ju, Water Margin and WasabiSabi have launched what promises to be one of the most exclusive ever built traditional Chinese junks.



    aqua luna is a 28-metre traditional three sail Chinese junk conceived, designed and painstakingly hand built for the Aqua Restaurant Group over a period of 18 months in the Hong Kong shipyard of an 80 year old master craftsman, supervised by an equally experienced 73 year old ship-building veteran, using traditional Chinese boat building methods which have now all but died out in Hong Kong.


    aqua luna was first conceived out of the Aqua Group’s fierce commitment to Hong Kong at a time when many in the restaurant business were heading north into China. The group named the project “We Love Hong Kong” and its aim was to create a landmark project that would recapture the colour and re-ignite the pioneering spirit of Hong Kong.
    As a result, they decided to take the very icon that has, for decades, been associated with Hong Kong – that of a red sailed junk – and create their own ultra exclusive one, reviving one of the great traditions of Hong Kong.
    aqua luna’s name in Cantonese, pronounced “Cheung Po Tsai” is named after the famous Cheung Chau Island pirate who used to terrorise the waters of the South China Sea at the turn of the century.
    Patrons who happily throng Aqua and Hutong every night are already familiar with the spectacular harbour views offered by these two remarkable restaurants’ from their penthouse location at One Peking, itself an architectural landmark in Kowloon. The Aqua Group now aims to complement - and possibly even exceed - this unforgettable experience with an equally enthralling view of Hong Kong’s harbour and its night skyline literally from the ground up.
    Offering 1500 square feet of functional indoor and al fresco space, split across two wooden decks, the junk can accommodate up to 80 guests at a time and is available for private charter at a minimum cost of HK$32,000 based on an approximate per head spend of HK$500.
    Additionally, daily aqua luna sailings, beginning in May 2006, will offer patrons of the Aqua Restaurant Group the opportunity to enjoy the quintessential Hong Kong experience.
    The 45 minute service will commence daily at 1:35pm plying Hong Kong’s harbour front before landing guests at the foot of the group’s two signature restaurants, the acclaimed Aqua and Hutong. The final evening sailing will dock for the night at Central at 11:30pm. Passengers may board and disembark at Queen’s Pier, Central as well as at Pier 4, Tsim Sha Tsui.
    Eight daily sailings will be offered seven days a week. Priced at HK$150 per person during the day and at HK$180 per person in the evenings, the sailings will fill a much needed high-end niche servicing both Hong Kong and Kowloon via Victoria Harbour.







    都市脈搏--香港最後一艘傳統中式帆船


    由主理及經營本港多間頂級時尚餐廳的Aqua Restaurant Group建造的傳統中式帆船「張保仔(aqua luna)」正式於香港啟航,這可能是香港最後一艘於本地設計及人手製造的傳統中式三帆木船。

    張保仔全長28米,以傳統的中國紅為桅杆,擁有3支帆杆,船上一釘一木均由人手以古老中式造船技巧製造,並 由本地一間造船廠的80歲工匠以及73歲造船專家負責製造及督工。張保仔創作之始源於Aqua Restaurant Group對於香港的鍾愛。當大部分香港餐飲企業都紛紛北上發展之時,Aqua Restaurant Group便發起這個名為「我愛香港」的企劃第一炮,務求建造出一項能再次代表香港非凡魅力及不屈精神的地 標旗艦,重現東方之珠的傲人美態。

    最終決定起用多年來象徵香港的形象──紅杆帆船,並製造出一艘獨一無二的張保仔,讓大家再度感受一股濃濃的 老香港情懷。張保仔為食客提供歷時45分鐘的暢遊維港服務,乘客可自由選擇於指定時段到達中環皇后碼頭或尖 沙咀四號碼頭上落。Aqua luna暢遊維港服務會於每天下午1時35分於尖沙咀起航,最後一班於晚上11時30分到達尖沙咀。每日將 提供8次暢遊維港服務,日航每位港幣150元,夜航每位港幣180元,費用包括一杯自選特式飲 品。 (都市)
    Source : Metro HK






    For More information on : Aqua Hong Kong

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    Bird's eye view: Chief Executive Donald Tsang takes a close look at the Wetland Park that he opened on Friday. He says the park is a world-class tourism facility and its primary task is to promote environmental protection and ecological balance.

    Donald Tsang opens wetland park
    Hong Kong Wetland Park will be open to the public from May 20. Chief Executive Donald Tsang says the park is a world-class green tourism facility and its primary task is to promote environmental protection and ecological balance.

    Officiating at the park's opening ceremony this afternoon, Mr Tsang encouraged the public to visit the park and introduce this treasure of nature to friends and relatives overseas.



    Natural attraction: Chief Executive Donald Tsang officiates at Wetland Park's opening ceremony. He encourages the public to visit and introduce this treasure of nature to friends and relatives overseas.

    Located at the northern part of Tin Shui Wai, the park is the first major green tourism facility in Hong Kong. It aims to promote ecotourism and education on environmental protection, as well as wetland conservation.

    The park has a 10,000-square-metre indoor "Wetland Interactive World", and a wetland reserve of more than 60 hectares. It is the first of its kind in Asia.

    The Architectural Services Department carefully designed the park's layout to ensure harmony with the surrounding environment and no disturbance to the wildlife.

    Its design was recently awarded the Hong Kong Institute of Architects 2005 Medal of the Year.

    The park will open to visitors starting tomorrow. The opening hours are from 10am to 5pm.
    Source : HK Gov News

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    JAMES Packer is putting more chips on the table in the fast-growing Chinese gaming mecca of Macau, moving to buy a $255 million development site to build a third casino-hotel complex.
    Mr Packer's Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd and its Hong Kong partner Melco have leapt at an opportunity to buy a 6480sqm site in the traditional casino precinct on the Macau peninsula.
    Many of PBL-Melco's rivals in Macau are also developing three casinos in different parts of the former Portuguese colony, which is expected to surpass Las Vegas this year in gaming revenue.
    In April next year PBL-Melco plans to open its first casino development, Crown Macau, a $300 million six-star high-roller facility in Macau's Taipa area.
    A ground-breaking ceremony was held last month for the second project, the $1.4 billion mass-market City of Dreams on reclaimed land in the Cotai Strip.
    The joint-venture partners can now build as many casino projects in Macau as they deem prudent due to their purchase of the last available casino sub-concession from US casino king Steve Wynn for $US900 million ($1.18 million).
    The new land purchase is due to be settled in the first quarter of 2007 if a series of conditions are met.
    PBL-Melco and the vendor will have to negotiate with the Macau Government not to take possession of the land, because the site should have been developed by last October under a land lease grant, according to documents filed by Melco in Hong Kong yesterday.
    If the conditions are not met, PBL-Melco will be refunded a $HK100 million ($17 million) deposit and the transaction will not proceed.
    PBL-Melco said the scale of the development had not been determined, but the land plot was slightly bigger than the Crown Macau site.
    The land is in the same area as Macau's landmark Casino Lisboa, owned by gaming godfather Stanley Ho, the father of Melco chief Lawrence Ho.
    Despite a black day on the market, PBL shares closed 43c up at $19.08.
    Shaw Stockbroking analyst Greg Fraser said yesterday that PBL-Melco's first full year of earnings, expected to be 2008-09, could be between $200 million and $300 million.
    Analysts' estimates for PBL's investment in the joint venture range from $900 million to $2.3 billion.
    Source: Hotels Magazine

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    Grand Waldo Casino Opens its door for business

    Grand Waldo Casino is well situated beside the Galaxy Mega Resort, near bridges that link Cotai to Guangdong, China and the rest of Macau, as well as the Macau International Airport. The casino will cater for VIP players and offer exceptional customer service.

    Players seeking high stakes action will have 46 tables on several VIP floors from which to choose. VIP gaming at Grand Waldo Casino will be entertaining and memorable with lavish interiors, spacious rooms and attentive staff. Rooms will be dressed in different styles, ensuring a unique gaming experience. Two substantial gaming floors will showcase another 100 tables plus two electronic gaming areas with 350 slot machines and electronic games, including the popular Rapid Sic Bo and Rapid Roulette games
    Five restaurants surrounding the gaming floor will satisfy the tastes of every guest, and there will be even more dining options and leisure activities in the two adjoining buildings. The entertainment complex will house two spas, a major international nightclub, karaoke rooms and much more. The hotel tower will consist of over 300 tastefully decorated rooms, with restaurants and facilities designed with international travelers in mind. Both buildings will be connected to the casino by convenient walkways and enhance the overall experience of visiting Grand Waldo Casino.



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    300 rooms? That's kind of small even by Macau standards. Casino is fairly typical size for the region, though.

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    French hotel group Accor announced on Tuesday that it plans to double its hotel presence in Pan-Pearl River Delta (PRD) region including Hong Kong, Macao and Guangdong Province.


    Michael Issenberg, Accor Asia Pacific's managing director, said at a press conference that Accor operated seven hotels in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Dongguan by early 2006. The number is likely to increase to at least 12 in the two places by 2008.


    He said, Accor's expansion in Hong Kong and Guangdong is part of the company's rapid development in China that will see the company grow its network from current 34 hotels to over 50 hotels in the next two years.

    He said Accor had targeted Hong Kong, Macao and Guangdong because of their strong economic and tourism potential.


    Last month, Accor's fifth hotel in Hong Kong, Novotel Citygate, opened, and this will be followed in October by the launch of the highly strategic Novelette at the new Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou.


    He said, another Sofitel will open in Guangdong Province later this year and in the following year, the Sofitel Guangzhou will open in the heart of the city.
    Source : Hotels Magazine

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