Hong Kong-listed casino services firm Macau Legend Development Ltd says the Legend Palace Hotel – the third hotel built within Macau Fisherman’s Wharf (pictured) – is still going through official approvals before starting operations. The firm says it is “cautiously optimistic” about opening the property in January.
Legend Palace Hotel is expected to start trial operations by mid-January, co-chairman and chief executive of Macau Legend, David Chow Kam Fai, told Chinese-language newspaper Macao Daily News. Mr Chow additionally said that he hoped to have the property up and running before Chinese New Year.
“Regarding the opening dates of Legend Palace reported in Macau Daily [News], we would like to clarify that the time frame reported is our intention only,” a spokesperson from the firm told GGRAsia on Wednesday.
“We do understand that there is [the] need for many procedures by the government to go through before official approvals will be forthcoming. At this point in time, we are cautiously optimistic, but no concrete dates can be set until there are firm indications from relevant [government] departments,” the spokesperson said.
The 223-room Legend Palace Hotel, which includes a casino, is the second new hotel under a redevelopment plan for Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, after Harbourview Hotel opened in February 2015.
The third new hotel under the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf redevelopment plan, Legendale Hotel, will also be a property featuring “in-house casino”, according to Macau Legend’s filings. Legendale Hotel, currently still being planned, is described as a five-star property with 500 hotel rooms.
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"If the [Macau casino] concessions are put up for bid, there will also be a lot of giant Chinese companies, some having nothing to do with gaming, which would like to take over these enormously successful casinos”
Professor emeritus at Whittier Law School in California, in the United States, and a visiting professor at University of Macau